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The History of James Bond and Aston Martin

Find out all you need to know about 007’s relationship with the luxury car manufacturer here.
Written by
Chloe Miller, Mar 22, 2024

Bond, James Bond. One of the most iconic one liners from a movie, ever.

A highly successful franchise, one of the highest grossing franchises to date.

He’s known for being suave, handsome, charming and charismatic.

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However, all of these traits are accentuated by the fact that Bond loves luxury.

Bond’s lavish brands span Rolex, Omega, Tom Ford, Sunspel, Aston Martin and many more.

The franchise has been incredibly successful for the brands associated with the 007 name, with many of the brands being intrinsically linked to the character and vice versa. 

Aston Martin is integral to the Bond image and their relationship spans decades, bespoke models have been manufactured specifically for Bond movies, and when it comes time for Q to give Bond his newest spy gadgets, you expect to see a modified and sleek Aston Martin to feature at the end.


Find out where you can spot specific models in each movie below.

Every Aston Martin In Every Bond Movie

From concepts that were manufactured solely for the pleasure of 007, to a true classic that has featured several times across the franchise, here is every Aston Martin that has made an onscreen appearance, with each Bond, and when.

Aston Martin DB5

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The DB5 is easily the most iconic car that 007 has ever been affiliated with, and quite possibly the most iconic car in the world, making several appearances throughout the franchise and replacing Bentley as Bond’s signature mode of transport.

The DB5 appeared in:

  • Goldfinger - Sean Connery, 1964
  • Thunderball - Sean Connery, 1965
  • GoldenEye - Pierce Brosnan, 1995
  • Tomorrow Never Dies - Pierce Brosnan, 1997
  • Casino Royale - Daniel Craig, 2006
  • Skyfall - Daniel Craig, 2012
  • Spectre - Daniel Craig, 2015
  • No Time To Die - Daniel Craig, 2021

Aston Martin 1969 DBS

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Despite only being driven in one movie by Bond, the car is seen in the background of Diamonds are Forever.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was George Lazenby’s sole appearance as Bond.

The 1969 DBS appeared in:

  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service - George Lazenby, 1969
  • Diamonds are Forever - Sean Connery, 1971

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

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The V8 Volante was dubbed ‘Britain’s first supercar’ and marked the return of Aston Martin as Bond’s manufacturer of choice, as the 1987 appearance in The Living Daylights was the first Aston Martin used by Bond since 1969.

The V8 Volante appeared in:

  • The Living Daylights - Timothy Dalton, 1987
  • No Time To Die - Daniel Craig, 2021

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

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The V12 Vanquish might possess one of Q’s most outlandish modifications, invisibility.

Unfortunately, Aston Martin weren’t able to actualize Lee Tamahori’s directive vision.

The V12 Vanquish appeared in:

  • Die Another Day - Pierce Brosnan, 2002

Aston Martin DBS V12

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This car holds a legendary on screen record of Most Barrel Rolls In A Car.

Daniel Craig’s Bond rolled the vehicle 7 times. 

The DBS V12 appeared in:

  • Casino Royale - Daniel Craig, 2006
  • Quantum of Solace - Daniel Craig, 2008

Aston Martin DB10

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This car marks an important milestone in the history of Aston Martin’s relationship with James Bond, as it was specifically made for Bond to drive, with 10 cars manufactured and just 1 being sold to the public.

The DB10 appeared in:

  • Spectre - Daniel Craig, 2015

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

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Despite not actually being driven by Bond, it was driven by 007. Confused? As Bond had been retired as 007, his number had been reassigned to the newer 00 agent Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch.

The DBS Superleggera appeared in:

  • No Time To Die - Daniel Craig, 2021

Aston Martin Valhalla

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The Aston Martin hypercar of many people’s dreams, the Valhalla. It unfortunately wasn’t driven at any point in the movie, but it did make a fantastic cameo in the background of a shot on M, played by Ralph Fiennes.

The Valhalla appeared in:

  • No Time To Die - Daniel Craig, 2021

The Future Of Aston Martin And James Bond 

As of late, there has been an influx of fan-casting and heated debate about who will inherit the mantle of James Bond.

Daniel Craig’s Bond has run his course and won’t be back on the silver screen, so who will we see as 007 next, and which Aston Martin will be his signature car?


Recent names thrown in the ring for the next Bond include Aaron Taylor Johnson, Barry Keoghan, Rége-Jean Page, Theo James, Richard Madden, Taron Egerton and many more.

We’d like to see Aston Martin feature their first SUV in a Bond movie, showcasing the versatility of the manufacturer, alongside their luxury supercars and hypercars.

But how does each Aston Martin compare?

At Panda Hub, we’ve created a Horsepower Calculator, an Online Dyno to find the key stats of any car in seconds, and we’ve compared some potential matches.

We’re wondering whether we’ll see an SUV, the Aston Martin DBX707, or whether they’ll use a current, more signature model, such as the Aston Martin DB11.

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What do you think? Who will play Bond, what will his signature Aston Martin be, and how does it compare?


Q: Which James Bond didn’t drive an Aston Martin?

A: Sir Roger Moore was the only Bond to never drive an Aston Martin, despite playing Bond in 7 feature films.

Q: Does James Bond always drive Aston Martins?

A: No, every Bond has been seen driving a massive variety of different manufacturers, Bond started with Bentley, but he always returns to Aston Martin.

Q: Do they use real Aston Martins in each movie?

A: Most of the time, yes, but there are a mix of stunt cars and stock cars used. A stunt DB5 from No Time To Die sold for $3.2 Million at auction.

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