Exclusive: The classic Aston Martin DB5 will be making an appearance in Casino Royale as James Bond 007's personal car in the Bahamas...

Aston Martin DB5 Returns
23rd January 2006

Following Aston Martin's official press release last week confirming that James Bond will drive their latest DBS model in Casino Royale, MI6 can exclusively reveal that 007 will also return to an old friend in the new film.

The classic Aston Martin DB5, which first appeared in Goldfinger (1964) and then Thunderball (1965), will be making a brief return in Casino Royale. Devoid of its original Q-Branch gadgetry, the DB5 will be used as Bond's personal car, much like it's appearance in GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).

MI6 can reveal that two original DB5's are being shipped to the Bahamas where location shooting with Daniel Craig is expected to commence in one month's time.

Above: Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin DB5 Specs

Silver Aston Martin DB5 sports car, with spoked rims, and many gadgets and refinements as follows:

  • Tire shredders which could be extended from the wheel hubs
  • Bullet proof windshields
  • Retractable bullet shield, which raised up from inside the boot area
  • Revolving number plates, which made the DB5 legal and valid in all countries
  • Passenger ejector seat, for dispensing unwanted visitors
  • Oil slick dispensers
  • Smoke screen dispensers
  • Retractable duel machine guns mounted below the headlights

The following additions were made for the Thunderball mission:

  • Rear mounted duel water cannons, for blasting away pursuers

Additions for the Goldeneye mission:

  • Cellular fax machine, disguised as a car stereo console
  • Cellular voice mail system
  • Refrigerated glove box for storing a bottle of Bollinger, and two glasses

The DB5 subsequently appeared in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) when Bond drove to his Danish lesson at Oxford University, and as a satellite thermal image when M was searching for 007 at the end of The World Is Not Enough (1999).

Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (Eon Productions) and directed by Martin Campbell, CASINO ROYALE is scheduled for release November 17, 2006. Principal photography will start on January 30th 2006, with locations in the UK, Czech Republic (Prague), Italy, and the Bahamas. It will be British actor Daniel Craig’s first outing as James Bond. He is the sixth actor to play the 007 role in the franchise.

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