Aston Martin Works prepares the DB5 for James Bond Skyfall

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 21, 2012

We have Aston Martin Works to thank for the silver Aston Martin DB5 that was featured in the latest James Bond film, Skyfall. Aston Martin Works is famous throughout the world as the official heritage and service division of the marque. Aston Martin is the automaker that has long been linked with James Bond. This is the fifth James Bond movie that the DB5 has appeared in.

Over the years, many Aston Martin models have been seen in these iconic movies. The DBS was seen in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the V8 Vantage Volante appeared in The Living Daylights, the Vanquish was used in Die Another Day while the DBS wowed audiences in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Many of these vehicles were fitted with gadgets from the ejector seat in the DB5 to the tyres that could produce spikes and to the self-destruct feature installed on the V8 Vantage Volante.

Aston Martin Works prepared the DB5 for Skyfall. Aston Martin Works is an expert at giving owners what they want, whether it’s the DB2 or the One-77 supercar. It was tasked to ‘clone’ the DB5 owned by EON Productions (the makers of the Bond movies) to have a second car for filming. The project began with finding a suitable car, assisted by Aston Martin Works.

The Aston Martin Works heritage team then prepared the car. It completed restoration on all Aston Martins starting from the DB2. In just a few weeks, the DB5 went from green with beige interior to the amazing Silver Birch paintwork with black trim, which was ‘distressed’ so it won’t appear new. The last touch to the paintwork was to put in a keyline on the roof to indicate the exit hatch for the ejector seat. Aside from the cosmetic works, the team also gave the car a complete mechanical overhaul to prepare for filming.

Kingsley Riding-Felce, Managing Director of Aston Martin Works commented; “We are very pleased that the role of the DB5 in Skyfall maintains the long association between James Bond and Aston Martin – and that the expertise of our heritage team is showcased by this iconic car. It is apt that it was prepared by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell, the home of Aston Martin for over 50 years.”

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