This Aston Martin V8 was first registered on 7 September 1981. It is one of just three cars modified especially for James Bond’s No Time to Die (2021) and is one of the cars driven by Daniel Craig, as James Bond, in the film.
Aston Martin has been associated with the James Bond franchise for over fifty years and has featured in thirteen films to date. This Aston Martin V8 was exclusively modified for the latest James Bond film, No Time To Die and was filmed on location in Norway, Italy, London, Scotland and Windsor. It is similar to the iconic car that was first seen in The Living Daylights (1987). Launched a decade before Timothy Dalton’s Bond debut, the Aston Martin V8 was both the fastest four-seat production car of its day and Britain’s first true ‘supercar’.
On his return to London, Bond (Daniel Craig) retrieves the V8 from his lock-up, pulling off the dust sheet to reveal the iconic car. Bearing the same registration as the car that played a key role in Timothy Dalton’s The Living Daylights, the car takes Bond from London to Madeline Swann’s (Léa Seydoux) childhood home in Norway via the spectacular Atlantic Road.
“The V8 is a car I have always loved. Aston Martin’s cars are beautiful works of art and have become a quintessential part of a Bond film.”
Cary Fukunaga, director, No Time To Die.
The Aston Martin V8 features a V8 5343cc engine alongside a 5-speed manual gearbox to maximise its dynamic capability. The body panels are all made from aluminium, while the handcrafted interior has been made using Connolly leather. This car is photographed with the prop registration plate B549 WUU which was used for continuity during filming, the actual registration number of this car being CGT 955X.
This vehicle is sold as a collector’s item and is sold as seen. This vehicle was originally homologated, certified and approved for use on the public roads in 1981. When it was acquired for film purposes it was a non-runner and the engine was not functional. The engine was removed and an earlier V8 engine with a manual gearbox was fitted. As the vehicle was a 1981 vehicle built to Vantage specification, the bodywork was modified to match that of a 1979 V8 Coupe. It was then completely restored for film use and re-worked to an MOT standard.
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