If rumors are to be believed, James Bond will be seen driving an all-electric Aston Martin in the upcoming 007 flick; talk about the world sprinting towards electric cars! UK-based tabloid The Sun reports that “director Cary Joji Fukunaga, 41, wants star Daniel Craig, 51, to be seen behind the wheel of a limited edition Aston Martin.” The car in question is Aston Martin’s soon-to-launched Rapid E, the British luxury car manufacturer’s first electric vehicle. Priced at £250,000 (roughly $330,000 USD), only 155 examples of the Aston Martin Rapid E will be built, with one of the starring in the next Bond movie. According to The Sun, an insider said: “The decision was spearheaded by the film’s new director, who’s a total tree-hugger. He is working directly with Aston Martin to get one of their electric cars ready for its big close-up. It’s going to be the centre of an incredible action sequence in the movie. James Bond is known for driving amazing cars and this one won’t disappoint either. It’s going to have all the high-tech gadgets. To be clear, this is something Cary pushed for and Daniel and the producers are going along with. Everybody is afraid of Bond getting labelled ‘too PC’ but they all felt the time was right to put him in a zero-emission vehicle.”
The latest James Bond movie, which has the working title Shatterhand, will start shooting next month and is due to be released in 2020. Last year, Aston Martin gave us a sneak peek of the Rapid E, which has been developed in partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering – a company that used to design and assemble batteries for Formula E cars. The Aston Martin Rapid E will be powered by an 800-volt battery system with 65kWh capacity with a claimed range of over 200 miles on a single charge, which according to the British automaker is the highest for any electric sports car. We can’t wait to see how the action sequence with the Rapid E turns out to be in the Bond movie!