‘WE’VE been expecting you, Mr Bond.’ The words rang out across the deserted hangar as the Violet Lady – nicknamed the Violent Lady – strode towards her adversary.
Main picture by Phil Dye
James quivered and stood still – very still. In front of them was the car Bond lusted after- an Aston Martin Vantage in his own colours – and Violent had possession of.
He thought the Aston was his – she knew it was hers. “I’m glad you came Mr Bond,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it,” he intoned with a smirk. “Just you and me this time – no devices,” she added.
“This time I’m doing the shaking and stirring,” she told him. “And you’re in the passenger seat.”
With that she took the flat bottomed steering wheel, thrust the car into drive and as James fell back against his luxurious sports seat, she put her foot down and the car thunderballed off from 0-62mph in just 3.5 seconds.
“Well you’ve certainly got me in your grip now Violent,” murmured Bond as the needle of the speedometer steadily rose. The Aston Martin Vantage has a 4.0-litre V8 turbocharged engine with 503bhp and a top speed of 195mph.
The quad exhaust pipes sit below a lean fastback and a button on the steering wheel allows you to enhance their soundtrack.
“I’ve always been partial to a woman who knows how to manipulate her fast side,” Bond added, as the Aston slewed around corners and took the hairpins before opening out on the straight offering the best view of the amazing bodywork.
In tactical specification, this car has been designed to bring Bond cars to mind in a silver/grey colour with red design cues and carbon fibre accents on the roof, wing mirrors and air vents.
It is long and lean with cat-like headlamps so that it looks, like 007 – always ready to pounce.
“Don’t even think of touching my flappy paddles,” warned Violent, as James squirmed in his heated seat.
The interior in black and red leather hints at menace and threats but the centre console is a sophisticated and clean piece of high tech with dials and switches at your golden fingertips.
“My fingertips, not yours,” warned Violent as she moved the Bilstein dampers from sport to sport plus and track. “Are you OK?”
“Just a slight stiffness coming on…in the shoulder,” he replied as she took another corner. “Violent – is this coming to a perfect end?”
With a final drop of the gears, Violent guided the £133,000 machine into the pit lane and gazed at James.
“Do you think you could do better,” she asked audaciously.
“Just watch me,” he replied, getting out. “My trailer’s this way.”
Violent sighed. “You’re not really my type – too one dimensional and a bit of a lightweight. I think I’ll take the car instead.”
With a last burst of power, she gunned the engine and the last James saw of her was her black hair flying in the wind as she drove off into the sunset.
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Maggie Barry is an Award winning journalist, she regularly travels in Europe and beyond to test drive cars. A former lecturer in journalism and motoring editor of Media Scotland she has written for and contributed to the Daily Record and Sunday Mail among others. She is on the panel judging the Scottish Car of the Year and Women’s World Car of the Year. She lives near Glasgow with her husband and several cars.