James Bond is selling his Aston Martin Vanquish.
Well, it’s more like the actor who plays James Bond is selling his Vanquish. He’s had a love/hate relationship with the role for a while now, so that might explain why he’s ditching his old wheels.
Daniel Craig is putting his 2014 Centenary Edition Vanquish up for sale via Christie’s auction house. Craig isn’t the only benefitting from the sales either: "All proceeds will benefit The Opportunity Network, a non-profit organization that provides young people with pathways to career development,” according to the listing.
The Centenary Edition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the storied Vanquish line of cars from Aston Martin. Only 100 of the cars were ever made, and Craig got his hands on the seventh— badged 007, just for him.
It seems that Craig may be a little tired of the whole James Bond thing. Back in 2015, Craig told the Times of London that he was done with the role, and added, “If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.”
The money must have been good because he signed on for a fifth and final film in 2017.
Even though he’s going to play Bond one more time, Craig evidently wants to get a head start on his Bond retirement by selling his old car. Or maybe 2014 is just when movie stars retire their rides.
Craig’s Vanquish comes in a deep midnight blue shade that was said to emphasize his love of denim and dark colors. Working with Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, Craig also customized the interior with leather stitching just for him, as well as other bespoke customizations.
All told, the car is estimated to be valued between $400,000 and $600,000. That’s quite the range, but Christie’s will hopefully get the final sale price higher than that.
Even without Craig’s enhancement, the car is still a dream. Powered by a 6.0-liter V12 connected to a computer-controlled automatic gearbox, the Vanquish is a luxury coupe capable of reaching 183 mph in a sprint.
"This Aston Martin Vanquish is a tour de force of automobile engineering and a distinct pleasure to drive," said Craig. "While I will miss it, I am keen to further the very important work of The Opportunity Network with its sale."