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Bond cars bring gadgetry, power

Published On: Jan 18 2012 01:49:05 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 28 2014 08:08:24 AM CST
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Since "Dr. No" first put James Bond on the big screen in 1962, the cars that the British super spy drives are often flashy and high-powered, with a dose of gadgetry thrown in.

Through 22 films over nearly 50 years, one company has taken its place as the most famous maker of Bond cars: Aston Martin.

The Sunbeam Alpine was the first main car used by Sean Connery's Bond in "Dr. No," and it wasn't until the third Bond film, 1964's "Goldfinger," that Connery was behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DB5.

The DB5 has appeared in four more Bond films since its debut: "Thunderball," "GoldenEye" and bit parts in "Tomorrow Never Dies" and "Casino Royale."

A new Aston Martin was released prior to "Casino Royale," which came out in 2006 -- the Aston Martin DBS.

The DBS was originally available from 1967-1972 and was featured in the Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." The new version of the car is based on the Aston Martin DB9, and was featured in a record-breaking stunt in "Casino Royale."

With the latest Bond actor Daniel Craig behind the wheel at high speed, he swerved to avoid hitting his love interest, who was tied up and lying in the road. The car then rolled seven times in the air before crashing to a halt.

According to a blog on the film's official website, the DBS was supposed to have hit a small ramp and roll several times in midair. But due to the DBS's race car roots, the low center of gravity prevented the stunt from working.

"We decided then on using a cannon. The special effects guys had put a cannon in which sits just behind the driver's seat," according to the blog. "It has a cylinder that, as you press a button, releases a load of air which punches the cylinder into the road which then, in turn, turns the car over. And that's how we ended up doing it in the end."

The DBS was back in 2008's "Quantum of Solace," but was replaced by the DB5 for "Skyfall," Craig's third film as Bond and the 23rd film in the franchise.

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