It’s one of the most iconic opening scenes in the Bond canon. Bond, driving his Aston Martin DBS along a beautiful coast road, is overtaken by a bright red Mercury Cougar convertible driven by a beautiful woman. Down the road, Bond sees the woman trying to commit suicide, so he tears down to the beach to save her. He gets his arse kicked for it, but both she and he live to get much more deeply involved with each other.
And so begins On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Bond’s sixth adventure and perhaps the most underrated of all Bond films, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, Aston has created a limited edition of the DBS Superleggera.
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Edition – surely the longest name of any car currently on sale – is finished in the same discreet shade of Olive Green as Bond’s DBS and rides on a set extremely striking 21in wheels unique to the OHMSS edition.
The cant rails and roof are finished in body colour, with much carbonfibre and polished aluminium detailing. The grille is another unique-to-the-edition item, featuring six horizontal vanes.
The interior is trimmed to mirror the DBS from the film, as well. Pure Black leather upholstery is complemented by a grey alcantara headlining and red detailing.
A drinks case shaped specifically to fit the boot is available as an option. It matches the interior colour scheme, the black outer case opening to reveal an interior trimmed in the same red felt that lines the boot. It holds two bottles of Champagne and four flutes.
Mechanically, the edition is unaltered. But since it has a 5.2-litre, twin-turbo V12 engine producing 715bhp, that’s no big deal.
The DBS OHMSS isn’t Aston’s first Bond-themed special edition. In 2015 it launched the DB9 GT Bond Edition, and it is currently building 25 examples of the DB5 Goldfinger ‘continuation’.
50 copies of the DBS OHMSS will be built. If you want one, you’ll have to write a cheque for £300,007.
See what they did there?
By Graham King