Why Skyfall villain Javier Bardem looks like Bond’s Aston

Published: 28 November 2012

Is it just us, or does the baddy in new Bond flick Skyfall look suspiciously like 007’s own Aston Martin DB5?

We’ve just watched the new James Bond movie and can’t help but notice how Javier Bardem’s distinctive mouth echoes the outline of the DB5’s elegant grille.

Well, I’ve heard them say the grille is the mouth of a car, but this is ridiculous!

Bardem plays the part of Raoul Silva, a suitably maniacal nutcase in the mould of generations of Bond villains.

He’s been lauded in the role, living up to the creepy vibe required of a 007 baddy – he has a dazzling charisma which arrests the eye. And these eyes were drawn to his Aston Martin mouth!

Calling a car iconic is normally lazy journalese, but it’s surely warranted here. The DB5 first appeared alongside Sean Connery in 1964’s Goldfinger, contrary to author Ian Fleming’s original script which saw 007 drive an Aston Martin DB Mark III.

The chisel-jawed DB5’s been dusted down for its first appearance on the silver screen since Casino Royale, playing a starring role in Skyfall, when Bond ‘goes dark’ to lure Silva north to his birthplace in Scotland. It’s the fifth appearance for the DB5 in a Bond movie.

Silva’s not that attached to his mouthsake though; he ends up destroying the DB5 in an explosive firefight at the end of the film.

James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5: a quick history

A pair of DB5s have appeared in James Bond films: BMT 216A and MBT 214A, and other models have been used for promotional purposes along the way.

In 2010, American enthusiast Harry Yeaggy bought one of the two DB5s used on screen for £2.6 million. It had the revolving licence plates, ejector seat and bullet-proof shield and was used in Goldfinger and Thunderball.

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By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, motoring news magnet