The Iconic Silver Coupe has appeared in eight James Bond films.
Unique: Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond in “No Time to Die” features a franchise character that will never die: the Aston Martin DB5.
After making its debut as SuperSpy’s gadget-filled car in “Goldfinger” in 1964, the iconic silver coupe appeared in seven subsequent films.
NTTD’s special effects and action vehicle supervisor, Chris Corbould, knows the car well, having worked on six of them during his more than four-decade stint with the series.
Corbould said the decision to bring it back was not a difficult one.
“It’s been a discussion with the director and producers about what they wanted to see in the film, and it became clear very quickly that everyone wanted to see DB5 back. And not just in a cameo role, but in a full-on battle mode ,” Korbold revealed during an appearance Granthshala Garage.
Korbold said the first step was a meeting with the folks at Aston Martin, who asked how many rare sports cars would be needed for production.
“When we said 10, there’s a deadly silence in the room,” Corbold said.
“The next question is, where do we get those 10? Do we buy 10 DB5 in the open market for between 10 and 20 lakhs. [pounds] a pop? Probably not the best financial way to go about it. Do we go to the owners to see if they will rent their cars to us? Well, if I owned a DB5, would I rent it to James Bond to do an action sequence? Probably not.”
Instead, Aston Martin supplied two of the originals and built eight replicas for Corbold’s team to adapt to the various needs of chase sequences filmed on the streets of the ancient stone city of Matera, Italy, which was shown in the film’s trailer. has been tampered with.
“He did an amazing job, because he did absolutely amazing,” Corbould said.
Several of the cars were designed for stunt driving, while two were equipped with several gadgets including smoke screens and a pair of miniguns that protruded from behind their headlights.
Corbold said that he took 14 trips to the southern Italian locale to render the scene and that probably 95% of what’s on screen was actual driving and practical effects rather than CGI.
Several other Aston Martins appear in the film, including a new DBS and a classic V8 Vantage, such as the chase shot over a frozen lake in “The Living Daylights”, which Corbould said he had never seen before. His favorite is a Bond car.
“V8 Vantage was very nostalgic for me, because I was in charge of that sequence with the original in Austria, and it was very nostalgic for me to see it back in this film,” Korbold said.