Broccoli loved the car and immediately cast it as the perfect transport for Daniel Craig’s leaner, meaner, slightly blonder Bond.
The build team worked flat out and the cars were delivered to the Bond crew as promised in April 2006.
Fortunately Aston had a trio of redundant DB9 development hacks and drafted them into the prototype shop to be turned into DBS replicas.
From the outside these sacrificial lambs looked identical to the fully formed ‘hero’ cars already working their stuff for the cameras.
Inside, they were rather less polished, with tatty, rough-grained dashboards and stout roll-cages betraying their origins as pre-production workhorses.
Instead, the DBS uses a lump of crystal and aluminium that slots into a hole where the DB9’s starter button usually lives.
The new car will need special details like this to help justify its high price compared with a standard DB9 Sports Pack. »