James Bond Aston Martin DBS V8

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Last Updated: 29/09/2022

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This one needs just a tiny bit of clarification. Aston Martin launched the DBS in 1969, originally with a straight 6 engine inherited from the DB6. This is the car driven by George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the 1969 film. The car got the V8 engine it had always been intended to have when it was ready a couple of years later and became the Aston Martin DBS V8 and then just the Aston Martin V8. As an aside these cars are all but indistinguishable from one another by anyone but an Aston Martin anorak - and as they were all individually hand made, taking 1,200 man hours each to complete, they were all different from each other anyway.

In The Living Daylights (1986) Timothy Dalton starts off driving a V8 Volante Convertible, which was based on the Series 4 Aston Martin V8 and was launched in 1978. Part way through the movie the car is 'Winterised' by Q branch and has a coupe hardtop attached, in reality a Volante Convertible belonging to the Chairman of Aston Martin was used for the earlier scenes and a pair of V8 Coupes were used later on for the stunts with the skis, spiked tyres and missiles. The Hachette James Bond Car Collection gives you both versions of the car. The 'Living Daylights' Corgis below are labelled Volante (04801) and DBS (TY04802) however both are Aston Martin V8s. One of them, God alone knows which one, appears again at the end of 'No Time to Die' being driven by Bond's relict with his daughter as passenger.

I hope that makes it clearer.

 

Corgi TY07001; James Bond Aston Martin DBS V8; On Her Majesty's Secret Service Corgi 04801; James Bond Aston Martin DBS V8; The Living Daylights Corgi TY04802; James Bond Aston Martin V8; The Living Daylights

Corgi TY07001; James Bond Aston Martin DBS; On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Corgi 04801; James Bond Aston Martin Volante; The Living Daylights

Corgi TY04802; James Bond Aston Martin V8; The Living Daylights


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