Aston Martin heritage team helps 007 out of a scrapeNov 29, 2012
The town is home to Aston Martin’s official heritage and service division, whose expertise was called upon to create a second model of the classic Aston Martin DB5.
The heritage team at the works in Tickford Street were asked by Bond movie makers EON Productions to provide a second car for filming.
The project started with sourcing an appropriate car, facilitated by Aston Martin Works. The chosen vehicle was prepared – with the owner’s permission – by the Aston Martin Works heritage team.
In a matter of weeks the DB5 was transformed from green with beige interior to the Silver Birch paintwork with black trim, which was ‘distressed’ so as not to appear brand new.
The final touch to the paintwork was to add a keyline on the roof to represent the exit hatch for the ejector seat. In addition to the aesthetic works, the car also required a complete mechanical overhaul in preparation for filming.
Aston Martin Works managing director Kingsley Riding-Felce said: “We are very pleased that the role of the DB5 in Skyfall maintains the long association between James Bond and Aston Martin – and that the expertise of our heritage team is showcased by this iconic car.
“It is apt that it was prepared by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell, the home of Aston Martin for over 50 years.”
Skyfall is the fifth Bond movie in which the DB5 has made an appearance. Other models have also played a part over the years, from the DBS in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the V8 Vantage Volante in The Living Daylights, the Vanquish in Die Another Day and the DBS in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.