The 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is one of my personal favorites among the 1980’s era of luxury car designs. Production was limited, and the Vantage was never sold in the U.S. because of emissions regulations. It featured 432 horsepower and 200 mph top speed. The Vantage was a true supercar.
In 1986, chairman of Aston Martin Victor Gauntlett negotiated the return of James Bond. The fictional British secret agent played by Tim Dalton was planned to re-boot the character from previous Bond movies focusing on its British roots. Gauntlett proposed his personal pre-production Vantage to be used in the filming of ‘The Living Daylights.’ Film producer Cubby Broccoli purchased his own Vantage to use at his home in the U.S. Broccoli offered a role in the film to Gauntlett as a KGB agent, but Gauntlett declined to cite he could not afford the time to film his role.