Aston Martin V8

Aston Martin V8

Film The Living Daylights, No Time To Die

The Living Daylights saw 007 driving another model made by Aston Martin, but where the DB5 had been a sporting thoroughbred, the V8 was a thoroughly modern, mean machine. A 0-60mph time of 5.2 seconds and a top speed approaching 170mph made the V8 not only the UK’s first supercar, but also the fastest four-seater production car in the world when it was introduced in 1977. This Aston Martin was a perfect choice for Bond, and Q Branch upgrades such as hubcap lasers, concealed front missile, bulletproof glass and ski outriggers help Bond and Kara Milovy escape a host of armed pursuers. 44 years after its debut and 34 years after its first appearance in a Bond movie, the V8 returned in the 2021 movie No Time To Die

Bulletproof glass – The V8’s bulletproof glass protects the driver from gunfire without compromising visibility – indispensable in a car chase.

Ski outriggers – Struts slide out from each wing of the car and the door sills flip down to create ski outriggers that guarantee speed and stability over ice and snow.

Hubcap lasers – 007’s DB5 tyre slashers extended from the wheel hubs. The V8’s lasers are mounted in the front wheel hubcaps, and are powerful enough to slice through the tyre and bodywork of an enemy car in seconds.

Tyre spikes – Metal spikes are deployed for extra traction. The length of the spikes can be adjusted to suit conditions. 

The rear number plate lifts to reveal a rocket booster, powered by a high-octane fuel source. When fired, it provides a burst of extra power and speed. The V8 is destroyed when Bond and Milovy escape from Bratislava. Bond sets the auto destruct and they complete their escape riding a cello case. Hiding behind the front reflectors, the missiles are targeted using the dashboard heating controls and a heads up windscreen display.