Will future James Bond dive an Aston Martin submarine?

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Aston Martin works with Florida submersible company to design a submarine | Aston Martin illustrations

Remember how Roger Moore as James Bond could use his Lotus Esprit S1 as a submersible vehicle in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me?

Wait! Doesn’t Bond always drive an Aston Martin? Shouldn’t he also be able to dive in one?

Well, sometime in the future, he just might. You see, automaker Aston Martin has announced a creative collaboration with Triton Submarines of Vero Beach, Florida, on Project Neptune, a concept design that may produce a very limited-edition submersible. The project will be the first for Aston Martin Consulting.

Overhead view of Aston Martin submarine

“Project Neptune enables Aston Martin to further enhance and grow the brand into new aspects of the luxury world, with all the performance, beauty and elegance one has come to expect from the British marque,” the car company said in its news release.

“Project Neptune is defined by its sleek, elegant exterior,” Marek Reichman, executive vice president and chief creative officer of Aston Martin is quoted in that release. “We have used forms and proportions that express the same devotion to design, engineering and beauty that shape our cars, such as the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar project.”

“We have always admired Aston Martin,” said Patrick Lahey, president of Triton Submarines. “The marque represents a deeply held passion for technology, engineering and timeless, elegant design.

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“From our first interaction, it was apparent that Triton and Aston Martin were natural partners and our complimentary values will be realized in this truly exciting project.”

Triton designs, produces and operates submersibles for research and exploration and for owners of superyachts.

Project Neptune uses Triton’s Low Profile three-person diving platform.

“Project Neptune marries Triton’s diving and operational expertise with Aston Martin’s design, materials, and craftsmanship,” the news release said, adding that Aston Martin Consulting “provides design, engineering and manufacturing services to select industries, distilling the brand’s essence into exciting new projects without compromising Aston Martin’s fundamental qualities.”

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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