“No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to drive.”
007 DB5. James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 is a classic, so when I was approached by Bottleneck Gallery for their Gadgets & Gizmos show, I knew exactly what fictional technology deserved my time and energy. Bond’s gadget filled Aston Martin was unveiled in 1964′s Goldfinger, but also made appearances in Thunderball, Goldeneye, Casino Royale, and 2012′s Skyfall.
Similar to Skyfall, I wanted my print to be deeply rooted in the past. No fancy computers, no buildings, just a DB5 blasting its classic dual machine guns. The custom DB5 (license BMT 216A) was also equipped with battering rams, smoke screens, bulletproof windows, shields, tire shredders, oil slick, rotating license plates, and an ejector seat. You can even catch a glimpse of 007 himself driving the car.
This piece is limited to exactly 180 prints originally available at Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn. It’s a gorgeous two color screen print by VGKids in Michigan, using white and shiny metallic gold ink. The gold ink rocks on the muzzle flares and draws from the DB5′s debut in Goldfinger. It’s printed on gigantic 12×36″ ‘Blacktop’ construction paper from the French Paper Company. Prints are now available here in my store.
What is an ‘Artist’s Proof’? Artist’s Proofs are the exact same print as the Main Edition, printed on the same paper at the same time. But they are my personal collection of prints, and usually comprise just 5 to 20% of the total print run. The noticeable difference is a lower edition quantity and the marking ‘AP’ written next to the number. Both the Main Edition and the Artist’s Proof are signed by the artist.