One of the benefits of supplying James Bond with his car is an opportunity to star in the latest movie.
Sitting next to Bond baddie Dominic Greene is the clean-cut figure of Uli Bez, Aston's chairman. "I am one of the bad guys," Bez said proudly during an interview today. "When the producers offered me this chance as a gesture for the help Aston gave them, I was very interested."
He rates it as a reward for the support Aston gave to the film makers - preparing cars at short notice, air freighting replacement parts out to location and helping fix up various DBSs which get a right hammering in the breath-taking opening sequence.
Bez wore a baddies' earpiece and walks out of the auditorium behind Greene when Bond interrupts evil-doings.
For this 2.5-second scene Bez told me he spent two stints from 5pm to 4am on location near Lake Bodensee, along with 1500 extras.