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1985 Aston Martin V8 MkIV

1985 Aston Martin V8 MkIV in The Living Daylights, Movie, 1987 IMDB

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: UK

1985 Aston Martin V8 MkIV

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

Comments about this vehicle


wickey SK

2006-01-15 15:29

I just loved the scene as Aston can not escape old Ladas :D - so funny :)

any1 SE

2006-02-10 21:10

Actually, I think this is an Aston V8, not a Vantage spec car. Even if it does have a visible Vantage badge it still is an "Oscar India" V8. The Vantage had a slightly wider body and a covered grille - as you can see on the pics of other Vantage cars.

-- Last edit: 2011-07-24 00:43:55 (G-MANN)

ben68 BE

2006-11-27 18:20

antp wrote
Both cars have the same license plate, by the way.

Reg. nr. B549 WUU has been attributed to... two cars ;)

From RAC website:

Reg. B549 WUU
Manufacturer ASTON MARTIN
Model V8 AUTO
Body type 2 DOOR SALOON
Colour BLUE
Fuel type PETROL
Date manufactured 31 December 1985
Number of previous owners 4

From DVLA website :

Reg. B549 WUU
Date of Liability 01 07 2006
Date of First Registration 18 03 1985
Year of Manufacture 1985
Cylinder Capacity (cc) 5340CC
Fuel Type Petrol
Vehicle Status Unlicensed
Vehicle Colour GREY

gliffhanger NL

2007-01-19 12:41

On Wikipedia They Say Its A V8 Vantage Volante

James Bond's car (B549 WUU) in the 1987 film The Living Daylights is somewhat confusing. At the beginning of the film, the car is a V8 Vantage Volante (convertible), complete with Vantage badges. The car used in these scenes was a preproduction Vantage Volante owned by Aston Martin Lagonda chairman, Victor Gauntlett. Later, the car is fitted with a hardtop ("winterised") at Q Branch, and these scenes feature a pair of non-Vantage V8 saloons, fitted with the same number plate and Vantage badges as the initial car. Clearly, the later cars are intended to be the same Volante.[1]

The alterations and gadgets featured were:

Ice tyres
Jet engine behind rear number plate
Retractable outriggers
Heat-seeking missiles behind fog lights
Lasers in front wheel hubcaps
Bulletproof windows
Fireproof body
Self-destruct system

any1 SE

2007-01-24 22:06

Well, this will bring some answer to the subject. The Volante in the beginning is a V8 Volante body. Since it was Victor Gauntlet, then chairman of AML, it was fitted with a Vantage engine! But it still is a V8 body, NOT a Vantage body!

When we visit Q branch we learn that they are "winterizing" the car. In my opinion "winterizing" means outriggers, spikes in the Pirelli P7:ns etc. It is, of course, virually impossible to convert a Volante to a coupé this way. And it also seems stupid! Why not take a coupé rather than put a coupé roof on a Volante???
It is too obvious that it is two different cars. And - anyone can see that the coupé is NOT a Vantage but "only" a V8 coupé!


2007-02-09 02:54

Just to muddy the water a bit, the actual stunt car used in the chase sequence is a standard 1979 "Oscar India" made up to look like a Vantage. They even dubbed a Vantage onto the soundtrack because they sound significantly different. The stunt car exists still, with many of its trick bits still fitted, and carries a "B549WUU" number plate. It's true licence number is "HLF99T".

quiksilver EN

2008-03-25 13:55

I remember the “making of” film at the time this came out. They used three coupes and the Volante. I have seen two of the three Coupes at car shows I understand the other was so badly damaged during filming it was scrapped. They explained in the making of film that winterising did include adding the hard top so it is clearly supposed to be the same car. Although clearly very different I’m sure lots of viewers won’t notice the difference!


2008-10-13 18:35

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"I've had a few optional extras installed."

Which include:

Radio that automatically tunes into police band frequency:

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Instrument panel:

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Instead of the tyres slashers which featured on the DB5 in Goldfinger, this Aston Martin uses a laser to cut into the car alongside, seperating the body from the chassis:

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Missiles in the front foglamps, with targeting Head Up Display projected onto the windscreen:

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Bullet proof glass ("Amazing, this modern safety glass"):

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Skis that fold out of the sides:

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Tyre spikes for extra grip on icy surfaces:

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Rocket propulsion:

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And finally when the car buries itself into the snow, Bond activates the self destruct systen:

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-- Last edit: 2011-07-20 18:40:11


2011-07-24 01:01

An detailed article reposted on the Commander Bond forums (2nd comment down) explains a lot about the Aston Martins used in this film: Link to "debrief.commanderbond.net"

Quote The Aston Martin V8 acquired for the [Cars of the Stars] “James Bond Collection” were two of at least four Vantages used in the making of the film, the fibre-glass copy is one of at least four replicas that were built. The AML “show car” is fitted with an automatic transmission, the other (real and fibre-glass) V8s are fitted with an assortment of both manual and automatic – just watch the sequence where 007 accelerates away from the “shed” on the frozen lake

Nightrider RU

2011-08-10 13:41

looks like missile launchers behind fog lights didn't have backblast at all.

Robi DE

2016-06-19 10:53

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Alternate views, not seen in the final film:
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From the filming:
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Stunt gone wrong:
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Aurora MX

2018-06-13 19:35

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nice toy

robi DE

2019-06-11 18:34

This car will re-appear in the new Bond 25.

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