Watch James Bond’s Stunt Driver Thrash the Aston Martin DB5

It’s the car that turned James Bond from a skilled secret agent to the master of style, writing itself into the history books as one of the most unique vehicles on the planet. The Aston Martin DB5 is a symbol of the golden era of 007, featuring in films as early as Goldfinger and as recent as Skyfall. Sure, more often than not, we see it blow up or totalled in some death-defying and tremendously entertaining fashion, but the secret to Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 success is the man behind the wheel. No, not 007, stunt car driver Mark Higgins.

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Aston Martin DB5

In the latest episode of Henry Catchpole’s Carfection, Higgins showcases what the DB5 can really do. The 14-minute special sees the celebrated 007 stunt driver put the original Silver Birch through its paces, along with three clone stunt cars. Taking to the iconic British raceway, Silverstone, Higgins and Carfection explain the inner workings of the James Bond set, revealing that while the clone cars look like dead ringers for the original, they are anything but. Each clone is constructed from carbon fibre, with the interior removed to minimise weight. Additionally, a BMW-sourced straight-six was added to boost the overall performance.

In the interview, Higgins goes on to reveal the incredible amount of planning involved in a simple car chase scene. Logistically, even the smaller automotive endeavours appear to be an absolute nightmare to coordinate, involving a multitude of reshoots and takes. Given the remarkable level of detail in each Bond film, it seems nigh-on impossible that these incredible car chase scene could even be completed, let alone accomplished without serious harm.

The good news is, Higgins knows what he’s doing. The stunt driver is a Manx rally driver and three-time winner of the British Rally Championship. In the film world, aside from being James Bond’s official stunt driver, he has also played a handful of automotive roles in other 007 flicks.

So what did we learn from the James Bond stunt driver video? Leave it to the professionals, this stuff looks hard.

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