Nobody likes being tailgated while motoring. Especially somebody like James Bond, who is trained to be hyper conscious of his surroundings, who sees everything and everybody as a potential threat, and who is maybe even a little trigger happy sometimes. Don't tailgate James Bond. Especially if you're in a Jaguar C-X75 Prototype.
Spoiler warning: This article features details of the gadgets outfitted on the Aston Martin DB-10 in SPECTRE, as well as minor details of a car chase featured in the film. I'm only covering the potential function of the vehicle, and not necessarily how it is specifically used in the film.
This past Monday Autocar reported that the seemingly-gone-forever Jaguar C-X75 was probably going to make a surprise appearance as the baddie's ride in the next James Bond film, SPECTRE. The shoe definitely fits, considering Jaguar's recent branding of it's "Good To Be Bad" when you drive a Jaaaaaaag. There was also a subtle hint from the official Aston Martin account, who tweeted "Good To Be Bond" with a picture of the all new Aston Martin DB10 commissioned specifically for SPECTRE.
Also published this past Monday was an article on the Top Gear website featuring an exclusive "interrogation" with Aston Martin's Head of Design for the DB10, Marek Reichman. He talks about how the Bond crew didn't want a copy or parody of the famous Goldfinger DB5, but rather something that would emulate the iconic car in a new and fresh manner. The director of SPECTRE, Sam Mendes, requested a car that his 12-year-old self would want to hang up a poster of, as he did with the original DB5. When asked if they had any plans to equip the new DB10 with any similar gadgetry as Goldfinger's famous DB5, Reichman responded
"...maybe there's something there you won't expect. We want to focus on what James Bond's hands are doing. That may give you a hint... When the car was unveiled by Sam, it was introduced as 'the first member of the cast'. It has a big part to play in the story. It's going to do some things you might not expect."
Surprisingly enough, the revelation that the Jaguar concept and an all new gadgets-galore Aston would face off in a car chase together in the next Bond film wasn't the biggest Bond related news this week. That credit goes to the (very spoiler-y) Defamer article that blew the lid off a series of leaked emails between the SPECTRE producers and high-profile Sony executives. Everything from concerns over the script, as well as arguments over a ballooning budget made headlines and raised concerns over the seemingly tense production of the next Bond flick. Ironically enough, all of this follows the previous film Skyfall, in which MI6 and James Bond frantically attempted to stop a rogue hacker attacking M. and the service by leaking the names of covert operatives around the World.
Deep in the flood of seemingly endless leaked emails, a series of 'potential' shooting scripts for SPECTRE popped up online. Now normally I tend to stick with what is announced and released by the production crew. Trailers, posters, and a short synopsis are enough to get my juices flowing. Perhaps a set photo here or there. But not this week.
I recently posted a speculation-heavy article to Oppositelock where I tried to reason that the new DB10 in SPECTRE may be a homage to The Spy Who Loved Me's submarine Lotus Esprit. Well I was sort of wrong. To avoid spoiling too much for myself, I contacted a forum friend who only shared with me information on how the DB10 would be used in the film.
The chase features the henchman Hinx in the Jaguar chasing Bond in the Aston through the streets of Rome, possibly at night. The car features four buttons, reading "Atmosphere", "Exhaust", "Air", and "Backfire". There is also a joystick-like device next to the parking brake. At some point, bond switches the "Backfire" toggle, which produces a sentry machine gun from the rear of the car, which Bond can control with the joystick. "Exhaust" is some sort of flamethrower device, and there is a great gag when Bond selects the "Atmosphere" toggle (I'll save that for when you see the film). The "Air" switch, in true Goldfinger-DB5 fashion, can eject Bond from the car if selected. The chase ends when one of the vehicles plummets into the River Tiber.
So at least I was right about a car going underwater. I was just wrong in that none of them are actually supposed to. That's it, no more spoilers for me! From what I hear though, this is going to be a great Bond film. One that could even possibly become The Greatest Car Movie Of All Time.
Justin Westbrook is a 20-year-old General Manager of a Jimmy John's sub shop in North Carolina, and spends his spare time watching James Bond movies, trying to be serious about going to college, and now has to worry about his parents reading these articles.