7/2-2012, updated 12/1-2018 by PS
The Aston Martin DBS is a dedicated sports car. It lies somewhere in between the road car, DB9 and the racing car, DBR9. Very powerfull and beautifull, a real James Bond Aston Martin.
In Casino Royale James Bond are equipped with a company car, the DBS, The glove compartment is replaced by two trays containing a defibrilliator, and a hand gun. When Vesper is abducted, James Bond runs to his car and the chase is on. The chase ends when James Bond avoids running over Vesper lying on the road. The car turns over and rolls into the field.
The stunt set a new world record for aircannon assisted rolls. Adam Kirley, the stunt driver, said it was very difficult to get the DBS to roll. First they have been practising with a test car and a six inch ramp. But they soon realized the DBS behaved completely different than the test car. The DBS are so well balanced with a low center of gravity, it would not turn over, even when the ramp was raise to 2 feet So the ramp was not an option, another method was required: an aircannon was installed just behind the drivers seat. This was successfull. The DBS rolled and rolled, setting a new world record: Seven and a half roll.
It is said, that one day of filming the record breaking roll, three Aston Martins DBS were wrecked. A really expensive day at work.
'Quantum of Solance'
The film is the sequel to Casino Royale, and the Aston Martin DBS is one of the things that binds the two films together. The film starts with a fast paced chase sequence along the shores of Lake Garda, Italy. James Bond in the Aston Martin DBS are chased by two Alfa Romeo 159's on the narrow roads.
During filming of the pretitle sequence for Quantum of Solance one of the cars ended up in Lake Garda. The Aston Martin factory employee lost control of the car in heavy rain while transporting it along the narrow roads along Lake Garda to the set. Luckily he was quickly rescued with only minor injuries. The car however was totally wrecked.
A very dedicated James Bond fan, he must be, bought the wreck for GBP 200.000. Thats more than the list price of a brand new unharmed car.
In trays in the glove compartment:
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