Aston Martin in Skyfall surprise

The new Aston Martin Vanquish may not appear in the new James Bond Skyfall movie, but the British firm has still made sure there’s a link. 

In a small slice of genius, it has called the silver paint option in the range ‘Skyfall Silver’.

Brilliant, no? Car makers can call their colours anything, but the association between Bond and Aston Martin is magnetic. How could a marketing person resist calling its new silver hue, with presumed overtones of grey mist and moody thunderclouds, Skyfall Silver?

It’s purely coincidence that we’ve known that #Skyfall will be the title of the new Bond film since November 2011, eight months before the launch of the Vanquish.

Car configurator geeks like me will also clock the ‘Quantum Silver’, a colour that’s been in the Aston Martin range for a while now. This naturally got the rumour mill working overtime…

Over on Aston Martin’s website right now, there’s a glorious celebration of the bond between itself and, um, Bond. It also details the Astons used by Bond – for a taster, here’s the full rundown:

  • Goldenfinger: DB5
  • Thunderball: DB5
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: DBS
  • The living Daylights: V8 Vantage
  • Goldeneye: DB5
  • Die Another Day: V12 Vanquish
  • Casino Royale: DBs (and DB5… and modified DB9)
  • Quantum of Solace: DBS
  • Skyfall: DB5

And how could I resist also detailing seven Aston Martin 007 facts:

  1. Ian Fleming’s ‘Goldenfinger’ book had Bond in a DB Mark III. Early product placement was employed in the 1964 film Goldenfinger (the third Bond film): it placed him in the just-launched DB5 instead…
  2. Remarkably, the Thunderball cars were the same models used in Goldenfinger too: DP216/1 and DB5/1486/R
  3. Iconic 1980s Aston Martin Chairman Victor Gauntlett personally delivered the V8 Vantage used by Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights
  4. Skyfall is the DB5’s sixth appearance in a Bond film
  5. The Casino Royale roll sequence was filmed at Millbrook, home of the SMMT’s annual driving day for motoring journalists. It broke a world record with seven flips – but the car was not a DBS but a modified DB9. The DBS hadn’t been launched when it was filmed…
  6. Pierce Brosnan was the first James Bond to drive two different Aston Martins – DB5 in Goldeneye and V12 Vanquish in Die Another Day
  7. Casino Royale was the first Bond film to feature two different Aston Martins – DB5 and DBS

The film launched yesterday (October 26) and I’m off to see it on Monday once a work deadline has cleared. Tune back soon for more Aston Martin Skyfall factoids…