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Over the course of five decades and two dozen films, the James Bond franchise has paired a number of leading men with iconic cars, none were more iconic than the link between Bond and his Aston Martins.
Unfortunately, ex-Bond actor Pierce Brosnan had to say goodbye to his personal Aston Martin in February of this year, after a fire at his home in Malibu, California destroyed one of the British grand tourers. That casualty was the actor’s silver 2002 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, a car Brosnan made famous in the 2002 James Bond spy thriller, Die Another Day.
“I looked into the garage,” Brosnan recently told Details magazine, “and the car cover was engulfed in flames. In that nanosecond, you think, do I try to save it? But it’s just a car. You take the blow and move on, give thanks you’re alive.”
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Brosnan later posted a photo on Instagram of the nameplates he salvaged from the charred Aston Martin, writing “All that remains of a very great Aston Martin, she was a beauty, however a car is just a car…a life, is a precious gift of beauty and holiness.”
Brosnan’s personal Vanquish came fitted from the factory with a triumphant 5.9-liter V12 engine, which summoned 460 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque, and dispensed it to the road through a six-speed automated manual gearbox. The movie car he’d made famous in Die Another Day had a few additional features, however.
In the film, the car was nicknamed by Q (John Cleese) as the Aston Martin “Vanish” thanks to its remarkable cloaking device. The luxury GT also toted an array of machine guns, grille-mounted rockets, an ejector seat, and retractable tire spikes for good measure.