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James Bond's Aston Martin will be electric in new film

The film, which will be Daniel Craig's last as Bond, is set for release in 2020

James Bond, portrayed here by Daniel Craig, has a long history with Aston Martin. Courtesy Emaar
James Bond, portrayed here by Daniel Craig, has a long history with Aston Martin. Courtesy Emaar

Nothing would stop a high-speed car chase in its tracks quite like the battery going flat on your electric Aston Martin, so James Bond had better make sure he’s always fully charged.

As 007 fans eagerly await the release of the 25th Bond film next year, it has been announced that the spy has gone eco-friendly.

According to reports, Daniel Craig will be driving an Aston Martin Rapide E - one of only 155 electric cars the British manufacturer is building.

The latest in the franchise – set to be Daniel Craig’s fifth and final appearance as Bond – has suffered a number of reported set-backs, from script alterations to the replacement of Danny Boyle as director, following “creative differences” between him and producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

While details of the film are still under wraps, a working title of “Shatterhand” was recently disputed, while rumours are circulating that Oscar-winning actor Rami Malik is in talks to play the film’s villain.

The introduction of an electric car is reported to be the work of new director Cary Joji Fukunaga, a source told The Sun. “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,” they said.

Updated: March 14, 2019 02:15 PM

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