Vehicle collectors from the James Bond cinematic universe won’t hesitate to untie the purse strings to get their hands on one of the two four-wheeled stars from recent films in this popular series. They will be offered for auction presented by Bonhams as part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK on June 24th.
These two collectibles are the Aston Martin of the film Death can wait (VF of There is no time to die), the latest installment in the James Bond series, as well as a purpose-built Land Rover Defender built for the 2015 Specter movie.
A custodian’s DBS
Nomi (Lashana Lynch), the character who succeeds James Bond (Daniel Craig) as Agent 007, drives the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera in Death can wait. We see this racing car on the big screen in two scenes: a tour of Scotland and another at the RAF Brize Norton base in Oxfordshire.
The car had been loaned to Eon Productions by a dealer who has remained the sole owner until now. At the time of filming, Aston Martin was unable to supply one of these cars. The production company retained DBS for two years for filming and promotional purposes. In this period he traveled 1,287 of the 1,368 kilometers displayed on the odometer.
This DBS Superleggera comes with an Aston Martin certificate thanking the keeper for the loan. Its windowsills are also lined with plaques commemorating its use in film production. A third plate attached to the engine also confirms that the “final check” has been completed when the car is assembled, which is done by hand. A final inspection approved by none other than Daniel Craig!
Recall that the DBS Superleggera is powered by a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 that develops 715 hp. It is at the forefront of contemporary cars with its ability to break down 100km / h in 3.4 seconds and its top speed of 211km / h. The value of this Aston Martin is estimated between £ 400,000 and £ 500,000 ($ 650,000- $ 800,000),
A Defender designed for stunts
The 2014 Land Rover Defender SVX, by the way, was used in the filming of the film Spectrum. We saw him in a spectacular snow-covered chase. It was a batch of 10 vehicles used to transport the henchmen of Franz Oberhauser, aka Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), Bond’s cruel opponent in this film. It is one of the seven vehicles that “survived” the shooting, we specify.
This left-hand drive Defender SVX has a 4-door cabin and 110-inch wheelbase chassis. The vehicle was modified, especially its suspension components, by the off-road racing specialists of Bowler Motorsport to meet production needs.
Modifications to the cabin include the addition of an external roll cage, LED spotlights and a Warn electric winch, among others. The original front seats have also been replaced by Recaro bucket seats suitable for more … acrobatic driving. It has 470 kilometers on its odometer and is estimated to be worth between £ 150,000 and £ 200,000 ($ 240,000- $ 320,000).
This Bonhams sale will be presented at the Goodwood House in Chichester, West Sussex on June 24th.
Photos: Bonhams, Eon Productions, Jaguar-Land Rover
About the author
Luc’s parents say the first three words he said were: Mom, Dad and … Volvo. However, they do not specify in what order. However, he was undoubtedly predestined for a career in the automotive world. It was through the media that he approached. Since the 1980s he has edited several periodicals including, among others, VAQ’s Old Auto Magazine (his “school”), the bilingual magazine Formula 2000, Le Monde de auto, Auto Journal and AutoMag. At the beginning of the 21st century, we read it on Le Devoir for a few years, but also on the pages of Auto123.com, AutoFocus.ca, Auto.Vtélé.ca. He currently writes for AnnuelAuto.ca, AutoMedia.ca and for Prestige magazine. Luc is part of the team that created L’Annuel de l’Automobile in 2001.