Revealed: New 'On Her Majesty’s Secret Service' Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Alex Goy is a freelance motoring journalist who writes for the likes of Motor1, Carfection, CNET and DriveTribe.
Speak to people of a certain generation about OHMSS and they’ll likely turn their nose up, but this DBS is endlessly watchable.
As the Bond PR machine swings in to action, what with the new movie currently in production, we’re going to see a LOT of Bond related stuff over the coming months. My Facebook feed has been bursting with Orlebar Brown Bond swimwear ads (put me down for the towel polo shirt), while the Bond eau du toilette, as well as myriad other bits with a swirly logo and numbers on them are all going to be in my face very soon. However, Aston Martin’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of one of the most reviled Bond flicks, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, is a genuinely new one on me.
Yeah, the Goldfinger DB5 is coming and with its gadgets and all but that isn’t road legal and falls perilously close to ‘toy’ territory. The OHMSS DBS Superleggera is an actual car that 50 actual people will be able to own and drive on actual roads.
Just like the classic DBS in the film, each OHMSS DBS comes with Olive Green (though it looks a bit metallic beige in the pics) on the outside, and black leather accented with grey blend Alcantara inside. At a glance it looks pretty badass, but this is an Aston/Bond special, so there are a few extras thrown in. For example, the splitter and aero blade are carbon fibre, the wheels are diamond turned and forged. Hell, you even get commemorative side strakes.
Inside there’s a heap of extra ‘Bond’ stuff, like a kickplate with the 007 logo, and red accents (the paddle shifters look badass in red) to mirror the gun-holding glovebox trim from the movie car.
If you’re feeling particularly jazzy you can spec an optional bespoke drinks case that fits neatly in the boot. Said drinks case has room for two bottles of champagne and four flutes, so you can have yourself a little drinks bash when you get… home. Drinking and driving is bad, kids, don’t do it.
Personally, I’m happy On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is getting a bit of recognition.
George Lazenby wasn’t a bad Bond at all. He wasn’t Sean Connery, who had solely owned the role until that point, which is why he got a bit of a kicking. I’d have loved to have seen a second Lazenby flick. He got a pimp new Aston, a DBS, too.
The bad guy was Bond regular Blofeld, this time played by Telly Savalas. An odd choice, considering regular Donald Pleasance’s take on the character was so marvellously creepy and, er, British. Savalas’ new American accent and COMPLETELY DIFFERENT build was explained away with some plot appropriate exposition, of course.
It featured a cracking end sequence with helicopters and explosions in the snow, a chase through a Swiss village, and all the usual stuff you’d expect from a Bond movie. Oh, and it had Diana Rigg’s (Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones for younger readers) awesome Tracy Di Vicenzo serving up a tragic twist ending.
In my list of go to Bonds OHMSS is actually quite high. Check it out if you haven’t, and if you used to rubbish it because your parents did have a rewatch with fresh eyes. It’s a good time.
Anyway… cars. The OHMSS DBS Superleggera doesn’t get any performance tweaks, it’s all cosmetic. Not that the DBS strictly needs any more power – its 715bhp 663lb ft 5.2-litre V12 remains as standard, so a 3.4 second 0-62mph time and 211mph top speed will just have to do.
The 50 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service DBS Superleggeras will cost a punchy £300,007 (neat touch with the ‘007’ in the price tag, Aston), and customers can expect them towards the end of 2019.