Just ten examples of the Aston Martin DB10 have been created, and all will be used in the course of shooting the new James Bond film, Spectre
25 October 2015

The Aston Martin DB10 - the car which will accompany James Bond on his 24th big-screen outing, Spectre - has again been shown in an official promotional film from the film's producers.

The DB10 is one of two main cars which will feature in the film - the other being the Jaguar C-X75.

Announcing the tie-up last year, Aston Martin chief executive Andy Palmer revealed that the DB10 would be made in a run of 10 units, all of which are expected to be used in the film's production rather than be offered for sale. "The most exclusive DB ever," is how Palmer described it. "It's 10 cars total run - let's hope James Bond doesn't wreck them all!" he added.

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The 10 units have been handmade at Aston's Gaydon headquarters, where the car has been designed and engineered. 

Announced by director Sam Mendes and producer Barbara Broccoli as part of the film's official pre-launch activities on the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios hosted by EON Productions, the DB10 continues the 50-year partnership between Bond and Aston Martin, which stretches back to 1964's Goldfinger.

While the DB10 will not make production as it is in a limited run, the model is also understood to show off Aston's new look, which should translate onto the brand's road cars by 2016. It most closely previews the DB9 replacement.

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Mendes said: "We have worked together to design this new car. It's a thing of beauty - and you'll be able to see what it can do."

Read about the Jaguar C-X75's role in the film here

An Aston Martin statement read: "The luxury British sports car brand is delighted to confirm that James Bond will once again drive an Aston Martin in Spectre. On this occasion, it will be a model developed specifically for the film and built in-house by the brand’s design and engineering teams.

"Led by Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, the design team worked closely with the film’s director, Sam Mendes, to create the ultimate car for the world’s most famous spy.

"Celebrating the great British brand’s half century with Bond, which started with the iconic DB5, the DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins."

Palmer added: "In the same year that we celebrate our 50-year relationship with 007, it seems doubly fitting that today we unveiled this wonderful new sports car created especially for James Bond.

“To be partnering once again with EON Productions is great news for this company and for everyone around the world that loves to see Bond at the wheel of an Aston Martin.

“I’m incredibly proud of everyone in the team at Gaydon who have brought this special project from concept to reality.

The two cars have also been shown in the film's official trailer, below.

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Kicking off the revitalised Aston Martin is expected to be the aforementioned DB9 replacement, which will bring with it a new lightweight aluminium architecture and a new range of engines supplied by Mercedes-AMG. The DB10 previews the look of this car - a complete departure from the current familiar design language.

The DB10 features sharper, stronger creases which lead to stockier, shorter rear end. The front grille is instantly recognisable as an Aston Martin, though, albeit much lower and wider. An alll-new headlight design features at the front. Deep air vents in wings emphasise the width of the front track.

The proportions of the car sit between the existing Vantage and DB9. The overhangs are very short, and the familiar curves in the A-pillars lead to an all-new side window graphic. There are hints of DP100 concept from earlier this year in the rear and sills. 

It also features a large one-piece clamshell bonnet that looks to open backward, suggesting the bodywork could all be made from carbonfibre.

There has been lengthy debate as to the name of Aston's DB9 replacement, but DB10 has been settled on for the Bond car. However, as just 10 units will be made, it's believed that the full production version that will follow it, incorporating elements of the DB10's look, will adopt a DB11 or DB12 name.

In debating the name for the DB9 replacement earlier this year, Aston design director Marek Reichman told Autocar: “It’ll definitely be a DB, but what number will follow that is yet to be decided.”

Spectre is scheduled to be released later this month.

Filming for Spectre takes in locations including London, Mexico City, Rome, the Austrian Alps, Morocco and Pinewood Studios.

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4 December 2014

if a little Ferrari like with those front lights. Stick a body like that on top of the Mercedes GT and you've got my next car right there...
Seems the iconic grille has gone, possibly because Ford is copying it on every Fiesta nowadays?

4 December 2014
Orangewheels wrote:

Seems the iconic grille has gone, possibly because Ford is copying it on every Fiesta nowadays?

Do Aston have an iconic grille? It seems to me their grille has taken many different forms over the years, and whilst it has similarities, to my eyes the latest Ford grille is not as Aston-like as some people, and some Ford dealers, make out.

7 December 2014

@catnip
To my mind (and most others I suspect?) Aston Martin's iconic grille has been umistakable for 50 years or thereabouts, so I'm not sure how you come to your conclusion, but each to their own of course. The shape, hich I won't try to describe but which we all know so well, has surely been much the same, albeit stretched a bit here and there on different models over time. It's not easy to see the one on this DB10 due to the side angle image, but you can tell the basic shape of it has been retained.
PS: Personally I do think it's pretty clear Ford have purloined the design to a considerable extent, but hey-ho.

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4 December 2014

Given that it's an Aston, and they're using AMG power units, it'll most likely have a derivative of the GT engine anyway. Personally, I'd prefer the Aston underpinnings, as that will likely include a transaxle as well.

4 December 2014

I like that a lot. Nice to see Mr. Reichman being bold enough to mess with the iconic grill. Aston design seems to be on a very good path. I can't wait to see the production car in the flesh.

4 December 2014

This is a hell of a pretty thing. To me, possibly the best looking car of all.

4 December 2014

Far too similar to the proposed Lotus cars which never appeared. And where is the classic Aston grill? Sorry, and I say this as a huge fan of Aston Martin, but this far too generic and just doesn't cut it.

4 December 2014

This makes me very happy, a proper Bond with a proper car.

If you look at image 2 the Aston grill is still sort of there, its just tucked under that shark nose.

4 December 2014

Aston need to move on the styling despite the fact that the current cars are as beautiful as they get. I see how these design cues could be minipulated into a consistent series of quite different looking new models.

One thing is that this is shown as a DB model but in terms of size it looks more like a Vantage. Doesn't look like there is space for even two very cramped seats in the back!

4 December 2014

I Must be missing something ? Aston makes some movie props for new JB 007 movie. Will they all get bespoke interiors and engines or finished to look nice and move (1.6 L motor) as required? If Aston wanted to make any profit from the venture this car would have to be production ready and their next model on general sale. Which this is not ?

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