Like Sean Connery’s Aston Martin DB5, and Roger Moore’s Lotus Esprit, Timothy Dalton is associated with the Aston Martin V8. As tradition dictates, the Aston Martin V8 is armed with the latest in modern technology and gadgetry.
Bond helps Kara escape Bratislava using the Aston Martin V8. Whilst driving Bond tunes into the police band on his radio, to hear the authorities are looking for a foreign car – the Aston Martin.
In the resulting chase that follows Bond uses the majority of the Aston Martin’s hidden weaponry. Hidden inside the port and starboard hubcaps are lasers that Bond uses to cut a police car in half lengthways when it pulls up alongside him. When confronted with a roadblock, Bond uses the Astons onscreen display to synchronise the launching of two stinger missiles removing the obstruction. When one of the Astons tyres gets blown off Bond activates an outrigger system, and engages spikes in the tyres to give it more traction whilst driving on snow and ice. A rocket motor is fired giving the Aston Martin an extra boost enabling it to fly over awaiting men and buildings, and naturally it’s armed with bulletproof windows. While nearly clearing the border in the Aston Martin, it gets stuck in a large snow ditch causing Bond to abandon it setting the self-destruct. §