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Aston Martin’s latest special edition honors On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
James Bond and Aston Martin are forever linked, thanks to the gadget-loaded silver DB5 that Sean Connery first drove in 1964’s Goldfinger. By the time George Lazenby replaced Connery in 1969 for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, however, the DB5 had been out of production for two years and it was time for Agent 007 to get a more modern car; in this case, an Olive Green 1969 DBS. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of OHMSS, Aston Martin and EON Productions are collaborating to produce 50 special edition On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggeras, based on the current 715-horsepower DBS Superleggera.
The OHMSS DBS Superleggera comes with special diamond-turned forged aluminum wheels and a front splitter and rear aero blade spoiler fabricated from carbon fiber. To evoke the chrome grille of Bond’s ’69 DBS, the anniversary edition’s metal grille features six bright horizontal vanes, and there are inscribed commemorative strakes in the air extractor vents behind the front wheels. To further distinguish the special edition from regular DBS Superleggeras, which have exposed carbon fiber pillars and roof panels, the OHMSS version only comes in Olive Green.
The interior is upholstered in black leather with gray accents as on the original Bond DBS, though now in modern Alcantara faux suede. The black and gray is set off with red stitching, panels, and paddle shifters inspired by the red-trimmed glove box on the original Bond DBS, where #007 kept his ready-to-assemble AR-7 survival rifle.
Speaking of guns, the individually numbered sill plates are etched with Bond’s Walther PPK-inspired 007 logo. That logo, along with “OHMSS” and a graphic from that film’s version of the Bond franchise’s signature opening credit gun barrel sequence, is also embroidered in the cover for the B&O audio system’s subwoofer.
For those who want the full Bond experience, Aston Martin is listing it as an option, but it’s unlikely that any of the 50 lucky OHMSS edition buyers will pass up the available bespoke “drinks case” custom fitted to the trunk. The black case opens up to reveal a red felt lining, space for two bottles of champagne, and four champagne flutes, champagne not included.
Retail pricing starts at a somewhat familiar-sounding £300,007 (about $381,000 as of this writing) and deliveries are expected to begin at the end of this year. We checked with Aston Martin to confirm that the On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggeras will indeed be made in left-hand-drive configuration and will be available in North America, with allocations determined by demand.