Shaken & Stirred – The New Aston Martin DB10

The name is Bond, James Bond!

That is a pick up line in itself. The super suave character, brought to life onscreen by Daniel Craig on previous three occasions is coming back in the now announced Spectre.

Earlier movie reviews said that in Casino Royale, Bond appeared too humane (some even cried Bollywood!). That character “grew up” in Quantum of Solace and Skyfall was meant to show more of the coming of age of Bond. What also continued to evolve along with the movies was the car which Bond drives. We’ve seen some marvellous designs in these three movies. Get ready for some extreme!

2014 Aston-Martin-DB10-Front three Quarters

2014 Aston-Martin-DB10-Front three Quarters

Yes, this is what you get to drive if you can pull of the  shaken not stirred  line. Aston’s chief designer Marek Reichman and his team have imagined this new DB10 which is based on the V8 Vantage but has been given a totally different line treatment. To ensure that the car’s design language closely follows Bond’s personality, Director Sam Mendes himself has been credited with some design inputs. Dr Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, said: “In the same year that we celebrate our 50-year relationship with 007, it seems doubly fitting that today we unveiled this wonderful new sports car created especially for James Bond. To be partnering once again with EON Productions is great news for this company and for everyone around the world that loves to see Bond at the wheel of an Aston Martin. I’m incredibly proud of everyone in the team at Gaydon who have brought this special project from concept to reality.”

The concept car is a sure looker. With a low Day Light Opening, and a long hood, the car is an epitome of sophistication and it is mean and edgy, probably what our Bond has now become. The bodywork has minimum detailing with just one sharp crease running across which probably has been designed keeping in mind the crease on the suits that Bond wears. The car is indeed prim and proper!

The studios have remained tight lipped about the features of this concept car, but expect it to have the usual jazz of a Bond car with guns, grapplers, defibrillator (just let your imagination run wild). What would be interesting to see is whether the car plays a longer role in the movie than its predecessors or gets blown to bits in a short time of its appearance (I still weep for the car in Casino Royale!).

Aston is planning to build 10 of these in a limited production run. What remains to be seen however is, that whether this new form of the DB10 is an indication of things to come from the British brand. Cinema has always shown us glimpses of the future . Is this the next?

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