James Bond to Drive an Electric Aston Martin in Next Movie

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Aston Martin Rapide E Front

Bond 25 director Cary Joji Fukunaga is insisting on an eco-friendly action hero in a Rapide E.

The 25th James Bond movie is scheduled to hit theaters in April of 2020 and while there is no official title, the working name of the flick is Shatterhand. Daniel Craig will once again play James Bond, but for the first time, his sleek, silver Aston Martin will not roar under power. According to Maxim, director Cary Joji Fukunaga is insisting that Bond gets involved with the green car movement, driving the Aston Martin Rapide E.

Eco-Friendly Bond

According to The Sun, the director is the driving force behind the decision to have James Bond in a car that doesn’t offer a throaty roar under hard throttle.

“The decision was spearheaded by the film’s new director, who’s a total tree-hugger. He is working directly with Aston Martin to get one of their electric cars ready for its big close-up. It’s going to be the centre of an incredible action sequence in the movie. James Bond is known for driving amazing cars and this one won’t disappoint either,” said an insider to The Sun. “It’s going to have all the high-tech gadgets. To be clear, this is something Cary pushed for and Daniel and the producers are going along with. Everybody is afraid of Bond getting labelled “too PC”, but they all felt the time was right to put him in a zero emission vehicle.”

Aston Martin Rapide E Side

In other words, the new Bondmobile will have all of the flashy gadgets that attract the ladies and destroy the destroy the bad guy, but it will do so without any engine revving. Fortunately, even without a big V12, the  Rapide E still offers the kind of performance needed by a secret agent.

Rapide E

The Rapide E is the all-electric version of Aston Martin’s slippery luxury-sport sedan, serving as the first model from the British automaker to run without internal combustion. The car uses a pair of electric motors mounted at the rear wheels, along with an 800-volt battery system, to deliver at least 602 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque. This will allow the silent sport sedan to dash from a stop to 60 in just four seconds while reaching a top speed of 200 miles per hour.

Aston Martin Rapide E Rear

Only 155 examples of the Aston Martin Rapide E will be produced and the automaker has stated that all of them have been presold to “trusted customers”. Evidently, one of them is Bond…James Bond.

Bond 25, whether it is called Shatterhand or not, will begin production soon, with the movie’s debut set for just over a year from now.

Aston Martin Rapide E Front Road

 

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