We got to drive 007's Aston Martin DB5 from upcoming Bond film No Time To Die
The chance to drive an Aston Martin dbx 500 Silver Birch with the number plates BMT 21 Six, something that any James Bond fan would ask.
The question is just how far should you go?
Too much genius too much this evening or this 60s, kind of Fitbit spy To [UNKNOWN],
All right, skiing Bond, alpine Bond, a bit Roger Moore?
Well what then?
I'm not doing Daniel Craig coming out of the sea, nobody needs to see that.
In the end, it seemed best just to stick with My agenda is not to try to be James Bond or he's a misogynist, alcoholic womanizer, have a secret spy with really pretty unresolved violence issues [INAUDIBLE] Now if you know your Bond literature, then you'll be aware that in the book Goldfinger, 007 actually uses a DB Mark III, or a DB III, as Fleming called it.
But then when they came to make the film of it, they simply picked the latest Aston Martin, which at the time
Was this dv five.
The DB five was produced between 1963 and 1965 and was styled by touring.
It is powered by a four liter all aluminum straight six, putting out around 280 horsepower through a live rear axle That weighs about 1500 kilos and feels very luxurious inside really with full leather and electric windows.
Ejector seats sadly we're not regular fitment.
It's the first time I've actually I think ever driven a dv5 and it is wonderful.
That's great sense That view right over the bonnet.
The Big Whale these dials the Smith Stiles is a proper dream come true.
What a glorious thing this is.
You don't even have to [INAUDIBLE] [LAUGH].
How on earth they ever did some of those car chase with things like this, I have no idea.
And to think just how rare this car is Except there's another one over there.
And another one, and another.
Hang on a minute.
Yes, it appears that there is more than one DB5 at Silverstone.
At least one has some damage.
One has guns, and a couple are being driven a little bit harder than you would normally expect for [UNKNOWN]
in this big wheel.
This is Mark Higgins, rally driver and for the past few years stunt driver.
In other words, he is one of the men that makes double O seven look handy behind the wheel.
And after a passenger ride with him in one of the actual stunt cars used in the filming of no time to die, we sat down with him to find out what it's like on set.
Well, thank you very much chatting to us about this.
It must be an absolute dream job in many ways.
I mean getting to play James Bond in a DB5 Yeah it is I mean my first actual film ever was a bomb fell believe it or not.
So we started at the top and we started off as body back on quantum, my drover defender i think i Skyfall and then I progressed to the DB 10.
And on Spectre and now no time to die with the DB five which is That's pretty cool.
Yeah, I don't see any of those cars over the years that have been particular favorites kind of stood out.
They all because obviously, we'll get on to the car that we've got here today in a bit but underneath that they all quite similar.
No, not really.
I mean, I think the two Aston's, really the DB 10 was a one off, build So that was very special.
But the the new DB5, and the fact that we built a specific standard car for it was great.
And I think of all the cars, it's the iconic bond car, isn't it?
So growing up as a kid to see that car and then drive it with a bit more power and a bit less weight, and be able to drift it around was pretty good.
Yeah, so I just describe to us, what that what that car is.
What we come up with, because I think more for repeatability, being able to use a car in quite tricky environments, they built a specific car in a very short period of time.
It was a one off build a lot of frame chassis.
We had approximately 300 horsepower engine With 1000 kilos, so that's a perfect recipe for rear wheel drive car, carbon fiber body, and he looks identical but just drives a real little gem.
And what's it like being on set?
I mean, either for a long time, I mean, the nice thing with bond is it's become very much a family.
Now, as I say it's my fourth film.
It's the same people we use all the time.
And everybody's really relaxed and chilled, but there's a lot of people.
So you've probably got 200 people around one little scene with all the different departments.
So there's I've come from a motorsport background where you create your own pressure.
There's different pressures with filming.
And you definitely want to make it feel yourself get it wrong, especially when you drive in cars of a million pound plus.
So it's very different, but you're just a very small part of a massive team.
Really And there's no one thing that's more important than anything else.
The only problem is in my if I get it wrong, it does show up a lot more than other people's mistakes.
And what sits there I mean, in terms of you presumably involved in the build up to a scene in terms of saying.
Do what you're happy don't necessarily have to, or what sorta what you think is possible, and things like that with a car.
I mean, we work we all work very closely together.
So the stunt coordinator ultimately discusses what the scene is gonna be so that they'll come up the idea the stunt coordinator works out what can, and can't be done.
They then liaised with the build of the car, and then we test it fine tune it.
If we have issues that we don't think are going to work or can't be done at the time, we'll then work around it really the best we can and make it happen.
But so there's some coordinates that we weren't the guy with Lee Morrison on this one.
He's a very, very good driver and sort of fantastic bike rider as well.
So his knowledge is very good of motor vehicles.
And we just work as a big team.
And it is very much as a, I know I keep saying it, it's very much a team effort.
Yeah, absolutely, and do you get to meet the stars at all?
Have you met Daniel Craig?
Yeah, I've worked with Daniel on all four now.
So we do a bit of driving work together.
He drives when he can.
He's been really great on this film.
Again, you just build relationships as you go on.
So I think he trusts me to do the cast [UNKNOWN] I'll let him do the acting.
Clearly he's not a he's not a particularly attractive man.
So do you have to wear a mask or something like that?
Yeah, and I do that bit coming out of the sea.
You know, I've I've let him do more of that now.
Have there been any particular momnet, any locations, any stunts that we've might've seen that you've been particularly sort of happy with when you seen the final Yes that's was all things and
yeah, a lot of the stuff it's very hard because what I'm actually doing and what I'm seeing from the driving point the camera may be looking at something totally separate so when we get to the film it as much as a surprise for us sometimes.
I mean I remember back in quantum that was gonna be a massive contrast 15 minutes and then it was all cut very, very
It was a fantastic chase
Yeah, it went down into the quarry>> Yeah, also the quarry and we started on the bottom by the lake and came up.
And I in my head knew exactly how that chase was going to come out and film.
And then it's very, very different than I know dude look at films in a different way because I'm looking here it's all be made.
But no, there's We have some throw parts, we don't even know what's going to be used, so its hard for me to say and I'll have to wait untill the film comes out
And is there anything from a driving point of view as well sort of that you cuz obviously you get to drive a car What suddenly looks like a lot so it might be playing with but some of it presumably is on location very much.
Times when you've just thought, wow you know I'm getting to drive a car through this particular city kind of might be Rome or whatever sorta must be pretty cool.
Well, I mean, I think drifting it both at 90 miles an hour sideways past the Vatican that was pretty special.
You definitely do have to pinch yourself at the locations.
You get to
There was a few places we had the DB five that we had to wait for the sun to go down.
You got the helicopter up there shooting you and it's just you do actually feel a little bit bombed, you know there is that I keep singing that song to stop that,
but yeah, it's.
As I said, growing up as a kid James Bond, Aston Martin, and yeah, it's pretty special.
Now, I wasn't going to let Mark have all the fun.
So I went to find a couple of his stunt cars [UNKNOWN] strut myself in and headed out [UNKNOWN] circuit to see what they like.
Weirdly it feels rather like DB5.
[SOUND] Wow, that sounds good.
[SOUND] So, what they couldn't really say about this car is that under the bonnet is a modern straight-six, which you can probably tell.
Well, Well, who makes a straight six?
who's famous for that?
You can probably tell really by this gear knob.
comes from Munich.
this is so much fun to drive.
I had a quick peek under the arches and there are some hlins dampers underneath there.
It weighs about 1000 kilos and has about 300 brake horsepower all going to the rear wheels.
[SOUND] One of the hardest things to get used to is this big wheel.
It's got a little bit of tape there and I'm not surprised.
[bbb] It is just sort of quite confusing.
[bbb] You also have to be aware that you are still very much.
[bbb] On old rubber as well, so Marks was using a lot of engine braking going into corners to help the car slow down and the actually, you really wait [SOUND] In the first part of the corner get it turned in and then steer it on the throttle.
[SOUND] What a thing.
[SOUND] It's a bit like, I don't know, getting into a Spitfire and discovering that that's been made of carbon fiber and has a jet engine in it instead Has a jet engine in it instead of a Merlin.
Except this is even better than a normal BD5, which may sound like sacrilege but, it does sound absolutely brilliant.
[SOUND] this is the DB5 I think you want.
I suppose we better go in.
Better go in.
I really don't want to.
It's amazing actually, kind of the weird blend of an original DB5 and a modern car this is.
What a thing.
James Bond is very lucky, or Mark Higgins, depending who you believe.
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