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James Bond's Latest Ride Isn't What You'd Expect

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Not even 007 can drive Aston Martins all the time.

James Bond and Aston Martins go together like gin and vermouth (shaken or otherwise). The fictional secret agent has driven more of them than most of Aston's own employees, we'd wager. And he'll surely appear behind the wheel of another in the latest film. But that's not the only vehicle he'll be driving.

As our friends at Motor1 point out, early shots from the filming of the forthcoming 25th Bond flick show Daniel Craig driving something considerably more utilitarian: a Series III vintage Land Rover, the type that preceded the recently discontinued (and soon to be succeeded) Defender.

Word has it that he'll be driving the old Landie in the opening sequence that's said to be taking place in Jamaica, where the 007 has been enjoying his retirement. The baby-blue, open-top Series III model rides on beige-painted steel wheels (with a spare on the hood).

It won't be the first time that a Land Rover will appear in a James Bond movie, of course. Series III models appeared in 1987's The Living Daylights, and newer Defenders (as well as various Discovery and Range Rover models) have starred alongside Bond in numerous other installments – right up to the upgraded off-roaders in Spectre.

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Fans of Gaydon's finest needn't despair, though. 007's tipped to drive an electric Aston in the forthcoming, as-yet untitled film, tentatively referred to as Bond 25. The automaker recently revealed the Rapide E in production spec as its first all-electric vehicle, futurizing the four-door grand tourer with a pair of electric motors producing over 600 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of instantly available torque. Only 155 examples will be made, and are sure to be snapped up quick – especially if that's the model that'll appear on the silver screen in the hands of everyone's favorite super-spy.