Daniel Craig Channels James Bond Behind the Steering Wheel

Daniel Craig’s James Bond is the longest-running iteration of Bond so far, but his run will end soon.

That said, Craig has been driving like Bond ever since he took up the mantle of Bond back in 2006. This isn’t a bad deal, as Bond is well-known for driving Aston Martins, which are a very expensive brand of luxury cars.

Unlike the movies though, Craig’s Aston Martins don’t have rockets or ejector seats, but they are extremely fast nonetheless. Here’s a look at Daniel Craig’s career and the Aston Martins that James Bond drives in the movies and in real life.

A brief look Daniel Craig’s career

Daniel Craig on the red carpet
Daniel Craig | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Like many actors who played Bond, Craig’s career started off with small roles in mostly British movies and shows. But, one of his more major early roles was in Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

Craig then got his big break in a well-reviewed British crime film called ‘Layer Cake.’ After that, Craig did another well-reviewed movie called ‘Munich.’ In both of these roles, not only did Craig get a chance to show off his acting skills, but he also did a lot of criminal and secretive stuff. 

It made perfect sense then, that not long after those movies came out, Craig was hired as James Bond for Casino Royale.

Aston Martin’s long term relationship James Bond

While James Bond, as a character, rarely has a long term relationship with anybody, the same isn’t true when it comes to his choice of cars. Indeed, ever since Goldfinger, which came out in 1964, Aston Martin cars have been closely associated with the character.

Bond drove the DB5 back then, and it was simply a cool looking car that fit him well. But, as the actors changed and the years went by, the filmmakers had to update the cars as well. So, the DB5 changed and became something else. For example,

Bond drove an Aston Martin V8 Vantage in ‘The Living Daylights.’ But, not all of Bond’s cars were Aston Martins. In ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, Bond drove a Lotus Esprit S1, which also doubled as a submarine.

Regardless, by the time Craig signed up for the role, Bond was driving an Aston Martin DBS V12. As its name implied, this Aston Martin had a 5.9-liter V12 engine which gave it 510-hp. It was a cool car but it could always be cooler.

By the time Craig was in Spectre, Bond had an Aston Martin DB10, of which only 10 were ever created. The DB10 had a smaller engine, but its rarity and sleek looks made it very appealing to fans. 

While the last movie in Craig’s run as Bond hasn’t been released yet, Aston Martin did reveal which cars will be in the movie. One of those cars will be the Aston Martin Valhalla, which is futuristic-looking sports car that’s actually a hybrid.

Daniel Craig’s own Aston Martin

Since Craig’s run as James Bond has gone on for so long, he’s made a lot of money thanks to the role. As a result, he’s been able to treat himself to some great cars, including an Aston Martin.

As Hot Cars reported, for his 45th birthday, Craig got himself an Aston Martin Vantage Roadster. This car, like the DBS V12, also has a V12 engine which generates over 500-hp. Like the DBS V12 in the movies, Craig’s Vantage Roadster is very vast as well. 

It can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.2 seconds and it can hit a top speed of 190 MPH, according to Aston Martin. That said, it’s highly unlikely Craig will ever need to use all that power in his personal life.