James Bond has driven a lot of fine machinery over the years. And most of them have been Aston Martins. But few have been as iconic – or as constant – as the classic DB5.

The iconic Aston first appeared – complete with machine guns, revolving license plate, ejector seat and chariot-style slicing wheel knockoffs – in 1964's Goldfinger, and has since returned to reprise the role in Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies and (most recently) in Casino Royale. And now it's been spotted on the set of the upcoming fresh installment of the 007 franchise, Skyfall.

Although this won't be the first time the DB5 (pictured above as featured in Goldfinger) has returned since the Sean Connery days, it is expected to be the first time it will appear in full battle array in a chase scene.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a huge Bond fan, as well as an Aston fan, and certainly a fan of the DB5. But I think we've seen that enough already in the films. They found a great way to sneak it into the story in Casino Royale, but now how are they planning to have a run-in with that exact, rare car again in Skyfall? It seems forced at this point. We love it so much because it's a classic, timeless design, it was Sean Connery's original Bond car, and it was an incredible machine at the time. So let's continue that theme and continue doing cars that are incredible machines at the time the films are made. I want to see Bond drive a One-77. Then 40 years from now that will be the classic, timeless machine that will be known as Daniel Craig's Bond car, and that car can make future appearances as a throwback. Let's keep the times going and not get stuck on any one particular symbol. For that matter, Ian Flemming's Bond always preferred modified Bentley's anyhow...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Interesting you bring up Fleming's Bond, since his Bentley was specifically referenced as being an anachronistic model in Casino Royale, which isn't that different from the continued reappearance of the DB5.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bond movies are my all time favorites. It will be great to see a classic Aston with all the special features used in a 007 movie again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Technically, the silhouette of the car on Q's infrared scanner at the very end of The World is not Enough is supposed to be the DB5 (given the Z8 was sliced up earlier in the movie). That's what I heard at least. I'd be amused if this is chasing a Tuk Tuk or a Tata Nano in the movie (Skyfall partially takes place in India).
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Freakin Sweet
      Glynn Hadskey
      • 3 Years Ago
      I glad to see it but I guess this means they don't have the sponsership of major automaker for this go round.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very nice, can't wait to see this movie.
      Steve H
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those are some serious wheel weights on there.