As Time Zooms By: Aston Martin

1915-aston-martin-coal-scuttle_100389581_mIts been 100 years since Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford came together to create one of the worlds most iconic automobile. The name Aston Martin came later with the joining of Mr. Martin’s name with the Aston Clinton Hillclimb where Bamford had many a victory. While the Aston Martin we know today isn’t a “10 cent” vehicle, it is interesting that the Aston Clinton Hill Climb was essentially drag racing up hill – think Fast and the Furious located amidst the refined Buckinghamshire countryside.

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Racing up hill seemed to act as a metaphor for the vehicle as, Martin and Bamford’s “special” car took the high road, and drove its way into our books, screens and into the record books, as James Bond’s other half for half a century.

The Aston Martin DB5 is akin to the brilliant grey steed, Silver, was to the Lone Ranger: his trusted companion. Both modes of transport were quite similar in a manner of speaking: an ejector seat and were apparently bullet proof,  and most importantly they kept their driver safe to fight another day.

aston-martin-db5-1963-james-bond-car1Although the DB5 has not been the sole mode of transport for Bond, there has been the Vantage, Vanquish and the DBS V12, the latter of which seemed to take a great beating in both Casino Royale and Quantom of Solace, non is as iconic as the 1963 DB5 (which has appeared in 7 Bond films spanning from 1964-2013).

I will admit that while watching  SkyFall in the cinema I made a rather loud uncharacteristic yelp followed by an expletive, when the DB5 was blown up.  Thankfully I was in Los Angeles and such external outbursts are common during a film.

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The Aston Martin’s Bond association isn’t the only fetching attraction; what’s under its bonnet is just as captivating.

I drove my first Aston Martin a year ago , and will gladly admit that my love of Bond (spanning now two decades) more than shifted my desire to grab onto one of their leather steering wheels. It was however, not the sole reason of choosing it over the other cars at my disposal: an Audi R8, Maclaren , Bugotti , Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari, Porshe 911 (you get the picture).  The experience was amazing, and the feeling while going 130km around a race track in a DBS V12 shall remain with me forever.

Part of me has wanted to drive this car because its part of my my heritage and that of the Aston Martin. It isn’t the fastest car our there, Jeremy Clarkson’s wet dream, nor Its not the top luxury or  an exclusive  vehicle unlike the Koenigsegg, and Spada’s of today. But its British and that’s what I am most proud of.

Here’s to a zippy 100 years, Aston Martin, and looking forward to what future you have to offer us.

Did You Know?

The original DB Mark III that appeared in Ian Flemming’s Goldfinger, later to be replaced by the notorious DB5 in Broccolli’s 1964 the film adaptationimages

Aston Martin Through the Ages

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Best of Britain: A-Z(ed) – B & C

BRITANNIA
Derived from the Latin and Greek Prettanike or Brettania

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Union Jack 1/2 Pint Mug

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BOND

Bond, James Bond

Bond is Back after a 5 year intermission (I personally don’t acknowledge Quantum of Shit..pardon I mean, Solace as being a Bond film for multiple reasons I wont divulge into.
SkyFall out in October/November (depending your location) looks like a mixed bag.

And according to Bond it is, “Done”
So no going back now

Extra SkyFall Media


The Bad
M possibly is terminated. There said it.
From the promotional shots, which could all be a ruse, it comes across that a great deal of this Bond is to be set in doors or in constant shade.  Lurking behind corners, brings back memories of MI-II. Why all the inside secrecy, its James Bond for Flemmings sake!!! The Bond who jumps off mountain tops, drives and swims oceans enters a volcano, goes into outer-space and takes on dragon robots (all outside).

Ralph Fiennes portraying,…. wait for it….., one of the possible Villians. You almost wish he’d cross over to the light after playing Lord Voldemort for a decade or so. Javier Bardem is also joining in on the villainous side.

They’ve also forgotten that Bond is half Scottish and half Swiss…..not to be picky but had to be noted.

The Hopeful
What we need is a Bond, relaxed who appears to be deceptively off his guard, while ending up on top. Having fun with the job. We need Q back, so he can utter those infamous words, “grow up 007”

Celebrating Bonds 50th with
TOP BOND MOMENTS

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Cara Delevingne

Britain’s Current “It” Girl

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Year 2012 Will Be As If The Empire Never Ended

Lillibet’s Diamond Jubilee Year!

More Information Here

Bonds Back

Sources tell of the possible return of the Aston Martin DB5!!!
 Out November 9th 2012

Land Rover Defender
First known as the Land Rover Ninety/One Ten
The classic which can be seen as Britains Heathcliff of motor cars to the (Aston M’s) Bond
Freelander for the Future
Because You’re Free, To Do What You Want To Do

THE BBC

Birdsong

Starring: Clemence Poesy
and

Eddie Redmayne
AND THIS:
Watch First Episode Here
and Second Episode Here

Sherlock

Welcome  Girls and Boys
2012 BC Has Arrived
(BC = Benedict Cumberbutch)
A Scandal in Belgravia
Episode 1

The Hound of Baskerville
Episode 2

The Reinbach Fall

(Downstairs Abbey won how many Golden Globes AGAIN.)

Some Rawther Wicked Adverts!

Here are some Stella Artois print adverts from over the summer, with film being their main inspiration.

Can you spot all the films?

And what about this one?

And in the October/Halloween spirit I’ve done a couple
film-oriented Stella Artois print adverts myself. (Half-term exam revision procrastination in other words)