Tracking down James Bond's new hyper-car the Aston Martin Valhalla in Dubai
There are some cars that can only be driven by tier one secret agents and Aston Martin’s new addition to its hyper-car family, the Valhalla, has made it's big Dubai debut. Now, the car is confirmed as the next one Daniel Craig will drive in No Time to Die and since its on a flying visit to Dubai, we decided to go on a mission to track it down.
Now, there will only be 500 of these cars produced and the majority of them have already been sold. There's only one car currently in Dubai on a grand tour of the world and basically everyone wants a glimpse of it. Rumour has it, there are only about 100 cars out of the 500 that are still available if you're a prospective buyer. Chances are by the time you read this the cars will be completely sold out.
The car has been dubbed the Valhalla which refers to a norse warrior’s paradise and follows the same pattern of names as its predecessor, the mighty Aston Martin Valkyrie. Fun fact: The Valhalla is Aston Martin's first hypercar and it has been called "son of Valkyrie."
So the big question is: Where in Dubai is the car? The Valhalla debuted just last week in Dubai and the most obvious place to go look for it would be the Aston Martin showroom where they had their big launch.
Walking into the showroom, we weren't convinced the car would still be there. It has a very busy and packed touring schedule. But lucky for us, we managed to catch it just a day before it was set to leave Dubai.
And there it was, sitting in the prime bragging space at the showroom, the mighty, mighty Valhalla.
Looking at the car there are some of the things we've noticed about it that particularily stand out. The car doesn't have sideview mirrors. Instead they have this nifty camera that send a live feed straight to the driver. The lack of sideview mirrors obviously means the car is more areodynatic and can go just that little bit faster than usual.
We also know that this beast of a car is going to be one of four Astons which will turn up in Bond 25. Of course, Bond has loved Aston Martins for a long time...
Obviously, Daniel Craig's Bond has had the softest of soft spots for the DB5 which Sean Connery's Bond first drove in Dr No, and that will return having been rebuilt at the end of Spectre. We'll also see the slightly under-appreciated V8 Vantage from The Living Daylights. New 007 agent Lashana Lynch is also seen driving the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.
Now, the James Bond Aston Martin love affair has gone on for almost six decades. The DB5 was the first Aston Martin featured in a Bond film back in 1964’s Goldfinger, and it has appeared in multiple other Bond films, including Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Skyfall, and the most recent outing, Spectre.
But obviously some of the questions on our mind are — is this the exact same car used for the filming of No Time to Die? Has Daniel Craig driven this very car? Am I currently sharing the same space as the famous 007 agent?
The other cars have featured heavily in both the trailer and the teaser but the one we've been waiting to see on the big screen, the mighty Valhalla, has not yet made an appareance. We still do not know when exactly we'll see the car in the new movie and which 007 agent will be driving it.
Well, sadly, Aston Martin are pretty tightlipped about any and all details around this car and the only detail they are willing to confirm is the fact that this car will feature in the movie.
The Valhalla will cost between $1.3 million to $1.9 million and the extremity limited edition will surely turn into a modern day icon, worthy of its mythological name.
Sadly, the car isn't set for release until 2021 and hopefully like Bond if you have this in your garage, you can enjoy your drink shaken not stirred.
To find out more, you're going to have to watch this space.