1. Bond to drive Aston Martin DBS in Casino Royale

    By Tim Roth on 2006-01-16

    Photo: Aston
    Martin – Strictly Copyright

    Aston Martin today announced via their

    official website
    that James Bond will drive a new model called the Aston
    Martin DBS
    in Casino Royale. Back in February 2004, Aston Martin chief designer
    Henrik Fisker
    had claimed
    that Bond was going to drive an Vantage V8 in what was then
    called Bond 21.

    Daniel Craig, the new Bond actor, visited the Aston Martin headquarters in
    Gaydon, Warwickshire, on Friday last week to view the featured car. While there
    he met Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez, and members of the
    workforce and also took the opportunity to take a short test drive.

    The official Aston Martin website says: "In the true tradition of Bond, full
    details of the car to be used in Casino Royale are being kept top secret but the
    company did confirm that it would be a new model called the Aston Martin DBS."

    Dr Ulrich Bez said: "It is great news that Bond will drive an Aston Martin
    again and we have built him something special to enable him to do his job in

    On a side note; this definately rules out all the rumours about a period
    piece, which are still floating around on websites and discussion forums.
    Although the involvement of Aston Martin now is official, it is still not known
    if and what part the
    Fiat Panda
    is going to play in the movie.

    Casino Royale is the 21st James Bond film produced
    by franchise holders Eon Productions. The MGM/Columbia Pictures production
    begins shooting in January and is due for release worldwide on 17 November 2006.
    Starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, it will be filmed in the Czech Republic,
    the Bahamas, Italy and the UK.