James Bond, of course, has piloted a succession of exhilarating vehicles during his long career of fighting villains of all stripes, from the iconic silver Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger to the amphibious white Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me.
According to the company, the Rapide E is its first attempt at creating an all-electric four-door sedan worthy of the Aston Martin name. For a while, it planned to jointly develop the car in partnership with the ill-fated LeEco electric car startup founded by the Jia Yueting.
According to The Sun, director Cary Joji Fukunaga has spearheaded the change, with its source describing him as “a total tree-hugger.” The unnamed source adds, “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.”
The rights to the 007 legend created by Ian Fleming are now controlled by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. The Hollywood gossip says that original director Danny Boyle and his longtime screenwriter John Hodge had irreconcilable differences with the producers and are no longer associated with the project.
Rami Malek, who won an Oscar last month for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, is reported to be in final negotiations to play the role of Bond’s latest nemesis. The movie has not yet been given a final title at this juncture. It is expected to be released in April of 2020.
By Damilola Faustino