It’s been a long wait since the last – rather bonkers – instalment in the James Bond saga. We don’t know much about the next one – currently known as Bond 25 – but we do now know that Bond will be driving the new Aston Martin Valhalla.
Aston posted the news on Facebook – and confirmed the iconic Sixties DB5 and Eighties V8 Vantage will also feature. The announcement was made as Aston enthusiast Prince Charles met Daniel Craig at Pinewood Studios, where much of the filming for Bond 25 is taking place.
Aston announced earlier this week that the car previously known as AM-RB 003 will be sold under the Valhalla name. The mid-engined hypercar splits the difference between the road-biased Vanquish and the thinly-veiled-Le-Mans-racer Valkyrie.
Between the twin-turbo V6 engine and hybrid system, the Valhalla will produce around 1,000hp. It features all-carbonfibre construction and cutting-edge underbody aero to deliver an ultra-focused driving experience.
Unsurprisingly, we don’t know exactly what the Valhalla will be used for in the film. If it features in a chase sequence, it’s likely that a purpose-built mock-up will be used. But it’s entirely possible that the genuine article will be used for any less arduous scenes.
The DB5 needs no introduction in the Bond universe, of course. During Daniel Craig’s tenure, it has featured twice. In Casino Royale, he won one from a slimy bomb maker in a card game. And in Skyfall, he drove one back to his family seat in Scotland, only for it be obliterated by a helicopter gunship.
Timothy Dalton’s Bond drove a V8 Vantage in The Living Daylights. It was stuffed full of gadgets including retractable tyre spikes, a laser cutter in the wheel hubs, missiles, deploying skis and a rocket booster. All were put to use as Bond and Kara make their escape from the Russian army. But it doesn’t end well for the Vantage as Bond uses the self-destruct system.
The cast of the last outing, SPECTRE, returns for the new film and are joined by Rami Malek as the bad guy. The plot revolves around the search for a missing scientist, which brings Bond out of retirement.
There have been a number of accidents and delays to filming, including Craig breaking his ankle. There are always problems on big film productions, but this one is so high-profile that they tend to get blown out of proportion, somewhat.
Bond 25 is, as the name suggests, the 25th film in the series, which started with Dr. No all the way back in 1962. It will also be Craig’s last appearance in the role. We could, of course, spend all day speculating about who will play Bond next, but it won’t be Idris Elba. Because by the time they get around to making the next Bond film, Elba will be over 50, which is far too old.
Our money’s on Richard Madden.
Bond 25 will be released in cinemas on 8 April 2020.