The latest James Bond is by far and away the most discussed in the history of the character. And the most successful. But while the first statement is just an assessment, the second one is closer to an actual fact. The four 007 installments starring Daniel Craig accumulated a whopping 3,2 billion dollars at the box office.
The current Bond is different. I’m not talking about the character or the actor, I’m talking about the general sense of things, the first and second and last impressions. Craig’s Bond is still elegant but less refined, more direct, more brutal. The old Bond would go on about an hour rebuking the baddie for being a baddie. Craig’s Bond just shoots the baddie in the eye and gets on with it.
And I absolutely adore it. It’s real life cinematography and an extremely talented and successful book writer once said that “nothing happens in the movies that doesn’t happen in real life”.
This is the sort of approach we should have while looking at Aston Martin’s brand new baby. This is what real life, modern day hypercars will and probably should look like. Futuristic and complicated.
The new Aston Martin Valkyrie, this is the track version called AMR Pro, comes with a 6,5-litre Cosworth V12 (no turbo) coupled with a KERS hybrid battery system, 1,130 hp and a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. That’s the recipe.
Only 25 planned, all sold out.
Aston Martin and James Bond have always been close to one another, and now the people at Aston are doing something else too. They’re working with Red Bull Racing, and in the racing world, and in the hybrid cards world. It’s a brand new Aston.
And it’s what real life does. You can’t ignore it, might as well go with it.
Geneva, March 2018
GIMS, the Geneva Motor Show opens today. 8-18 March, 2018
text and photo credit: Ale Renesis