IT LOOKS like the gadget-laden James Bond Aston Martin DB5 will have more than a cameo role in the next 007 film — the legendary classic sports car has been spied tearing up the streets in a car chase during filming of the new Bond blockbuster, No Time to Die.
Newly-released footage shows the silver sports car being hustled around the windy city streets of Matera, Italy, with a pair of Jaguar XF saloons and a motorcycle rider (presumably belonging to the baddies) hot on the MI6 agent’s heels.
While it’s unclear where the chase fits into the No Time to Die plot, the sight of executive saloons in dark paintwork pursuing an Aston Martin on a tight and twisty route in Italy does bring to mind the intro sequence in the 2011 James Bond film Quantum of Solace.
The abundance of pyrotechnics suggests the sequence should be quite a spectacle when shown on the big screen, too — and perhaps suggests all of Q’s hard work restoring the DB5 after it was destroyed by a helicopter gunship in Skyfall may have been for naught.
Fans of obscure Italian-made vehicles appear to be catered for in the car chase. Around one and a half minutes into the video, shortly after the DB5 makes a sharp turn on a right-hand hairpin, the distinctive and unmistakable face of the Lancia Thesis (a BMW 3 Series rival built between 2001 and 2009, and never sold in the UK) can clearly be seen.
An action-packed role for the iconic Aston Martin DB5 was first hinted at in July this year, in a behind-the-scenes photo of Aston Martin’s workshop. In the pic, no less than eight DB5 stunt cars in various states of assembly can be seen.
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Of those eight DB5 replicas, at least four of them have roll cages installed in their interiors, and one has a roof pod rig attached — allowing a stunt driver to control the car while the James Bond actor Daniel Craig films his behind the wheel scenes in the chase sequence.
No Time to Die has plenty to offer fans of big screen car chases, it seems. Amateur footage released in June this year revealed that the Aston Martin V8 Vantage from The Living Daylights will make a return, too, as it was filmed blasting along a stretch of the world-famous Atlantic Ocean Road highway in Norway. The star car this time around, though, is surely the all-new Aston Martin Valhalla hypercar.
As the newly-released footage indicates, production of No Time to Die — the 25th installment in the long-running action film franchise — is well underway, with director Cary Joji Fukunaga calling the shots on what is likely to be Daniel Craig’s final outing as the titular secret agent.
According to James Bond movie production company Eon, No Time to Die will land in cinemas in the UK on April 3, 2020.