• Michelle Johnson

Tempus 76 exclusive: Meet the scene-stealing Aston Martin fleet starring in No Time to Die

Against a stormy evening sky, a small fleet of Aston Martin supercars lines up in the forecourt of Oxfordshire’s historic Blenheim Palace. This photoshoot is the most ambitious that our independent flagship title, Tempus Magazine, has produced thus far – a feat that unites the entire fleet of Aston Martins driven in the upcoming James Bond blockbuster No Time to Die.

Although the Palace is closing to visitors for the evening, the few stragglers who spot this spectacle (or hear the purr of powerful engines) try to hang back to snap a picture or two – it doesn’t get past the notice of our ad hoc security, who are as determined as we are to keep this surprise under wraps. See the DB5, DBS Superleggera, V8 andValhalla captured in their full, scene-stealing glory in the magazine, out now.

Earlier in the day, those same palace visitors may have seen our crew tearing along the countryside in 007’s off-road vehicle of choice – the all-new Land Rover Defender – for our second exclusive shoot of the issue. No Time to Die stunt and racing driver Jessica Hawkins takes us through the death-defying cinema sequences we can expect from this all-terrain behemoth.

Getting this issue into your hands has been a rather action-packed journey in itself. As I write this letter, we are putting the final touches on a magazine that has been 18 months in the making. It was originally planned to coincide with the 25th Bond film’s April2020 release date, until March saw the world shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

No Time to Die was rescheduled for November 2020 – a date that would godown in infamy at Vantage HQ as, just a week before Tempus went to print, it was pushed back once again to April 2021. Finally, the film settled on its final release date: 30 September 2021.

Proving the old adage that patience is a virtue, James Bond fans can finally sink their teeth into what promises to be the film of the year – not just Daniel Craig’s swansong but also the introduction of Lashana Lynch as cinema’s first female 007, Nomi. The trailer alone has us on the edge of our seats, and we look forward to sharing this issue with you all.

Tempus is an award-nominated luxury lifestyle magazine published bi-monthly by Vantage Media. It is distributed in five-star hotels, private members’ clubs and transport lounges (including BA Lounge at Heathrow T5 and the Eurostar Business Lounge) across London and beyond.