Collectors of vehicles from the James Bond film universe will have no hesitation in breaking out their wallets to get their hands on one of the two four-wheeled stars from the most recent films in this popular series. They will be offered at the auction presented by Bonhams as part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK on June 24.
These two collectibles are the Aston Martin of the film Death can wait (VF from no time to die), the latest in the James Bond franchise, and a Land Rover Defender built specifically for the 2015 film Specter.
The DBS of a custodian
Nomi (Lashana Lynch), James Bond’s (Daniel Craig) successor as Agent 007, drives the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Death can wait. We see this racer in two scenes on the big screen: one touring around Scotland and another at RAF base Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.
The car was loaned to Eon Productions by a dealer who remains its sole owner to this day. At the time of filming, Aston Martin was unable to supply either of these cars. The production house kept the DBS for two years for filming and promotional purposes. During this time he covered 1,287 of the 1,368 kilometers indicated on the speedometer.
This DBS Superleggera comes with a certificate from Aston Martin thanking the custodian for the loan. Its door sills are also lined with plaques commemorating its use in film production. A third plaque affixed to the engine also confirms that the “final check” at the end of the manual assembly of the car has been completed. A final check approved by none other than Daniel Craig!
Remember that the DBS Superleggera is powered by a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 that produces 715 hp. With its ability to sprint to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and its top speed of 211 km/h, it is at the forefront of modern cars. This Aston Martin is valued at between £400,000 and £500,000 ($650,000 and $800,000).
A Defender for stunts
Incidentally, the 2014 Land Rover Defender SVX was used in the filming of the film spectrum. We saw him in a spectacular chase across snowy terrain. He manufactured a batch of 10 vehicles that were used to transport the henchmen of Franz Oberhauser, aka Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), Bond’s cruel opponent in this film. It’s one of the seven vehicles that “survived” the shooting, let’s be more specific.
This left-hand drive Defender SVX has a four-door cab and chassis with a 110-inch wheelbase. The vehicle was modified by the off-road racing specialists at Bowler Motorsport, specifically its chassis components, to meet production requirements.
Cab modifications include the addition of an external roll cage, overhead LED lights and Warn electric winch, among others. The original front seats have also been replaced with Recaro bucket seats suitable for more… acrobatic driving. It has 470 kilometers on its odometer and is estimated to be worth between £150,000 and 200,000 ($240,000 to $320,000).
This Bonhams sale will be presented on June 24th at Goodwood House in Chichester, West Sussex.
Photos: Bonhams, Eon Productions, Jaguar Land Rover
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Luc’s parents say the first three words he said were: mom, dad and… Volvo. However, they do not specify in which order. Nevertheless, he was undoubtedly predestined for a career in the automotive world. He approached him through the media. Since the 1980’s he has edited various magazines including VAQ’s Old Auto Magazine (his ‘school’), the bilingual Formula 2000 magazine, Le Monde de l’auto, Auto Journal and AutoMag. At the beginning of the 21st century we read about it in Le Devoir for a few years, but also on the pages of Auto123.com, AutoFocus.ca, Auto.Vtélé.ca. He currently writes for AnnuelAuto.ca, AutoMedia.ca and Prestige Magazine. Luc is part of the team that founded L’Annuel de l’Automobile in 2001.