Is James Bond going eco-friendly?
By Joe Harker
The next James Bond film begins shooting soon. It will reportedly be Daniel Craig's last outing as the world famous spy and is being done under the working title Shatterhand. Don't worry, that's probably not what it's going to be called when it hits cinemas in April 2020.
Along with Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris will return as M, Q and Moneypenny. Lea Seydoux will be back as Madeline Swann, though given how many Bond Girls make it through two full movies as the main love interest (none of them) she might not be in it for long.
Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek is rumoured to be cast as the villain, though details for the film are rare. Original director Danny Boyle walked away and replaced with Cary Joji Fukunaga after "creative differences", delaying the film's release.
According to The Guardian it's true, Bond's car will be a limited edition electric Aston Martin. One supposes that 007 isn't saving the world just so it can be destroyed by pollution from all the car chases he finds himself in.
This is apparently because director Fukunaga is "a total tree hugger" and pushed strongly for Bond's car to be eco-friendly. Not finding much to object to, everyone else is going along with it.
Aston Martins have been an iconic part of the James Bond image since Sean Connery drove a DB5 in Goldfinger. Since then they've been 007's vehicle of choice, although he has owned a few other kinds of cars and tends to steal whatever vehicle he needs depending on the situation.
The Counter Claim:
Britain's greatest fictional spy and ultimate masculine idea driving an electric car? Heavens above, this is just "too PC" for some to handle!
Besides, Bond travels around the world in planes and blows up plenty of things that him switching from petrol to electric probably won't do much to reduce his carbon footprint.
Then again, you probably don't want Blofeld being able to take over the world because 007 has decided to ditch air travel for the good of the environment and can't find a charging point for his Aston Martin.
The car in question is an Aston Martin Rapide E, a £250,000 limited edition of which only 155 exist. Let's hope they don't crash it.
This isn't the first time an eco-friendly car has been used in a Bond film, the car chase in Spectre featured Bond being chased by villian Mr Hinx, played by Dave Bautista, in a Jaguar C-X75. That car was a hybrid, with four electric engines powered by diesel fueled turbines.
If the bad guys can be eco-friendly while trying to kill 007 and take over the world then surely Q branch can come up with something similar?