ALWAYS wanted a car just like James Bond’s?

Well, there’s a 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary Edition up for sale at Christie’s in New York and it’s as close to the 007 car as one can imagine.

It’s the personal transport of Daniel Craig, aka 007 agent James Bond, and almost identical to the one he drove in the movie Skyfall.

Fittingly, the 2014 Vanquish is serial number 007, one of just 100 of the Centenary Edition Vanquish to celebrate the firm’s 100th anniversary.

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Daniel Craig

Designed and hand-built at Aston Martin in Warwickshire, the Vanquish features a 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine and an automatic gearbox.

It has a lightweight bonded aluminium structure combined with a motorsport-inspired carbon-fibre exterior, while the interior was crafted from fine luxury leathers, carbon fibre and aluminium.

Daniel Craig customised his Vanquish to reflect his penchant for denim and dark colours.

To escape the hitmen, the Centenary Edition Vanquish has a top speed of 295km/h.

Proceeds from the sale on April 20 will go to The Opportunity Network, a non-profit organisation that helps young people in career development.

‘This car is a tour de force of automobile engineering and a distinct pleasure to drive,’ Craig said.

“While I will miss it, I am keen to further the very important work of The Opportunity Network with its sale.”

The car is expected it to fetch around $US500,000. It has left-hand drive and street-ready.

We also like Christie’s sales director Becky MacGuire’s syrupy description.

“We are thrilled at the chance to support Daniel Craig’s generosity to The Opportunity Network with the offer of this unique and gorgeous sports car,” she said.

“With its pristine condition, exceptional craftsmanship and impeccable provenance, it’s like a 21st-century sculpture that comes equipped with an incredibly fine engine.”

Buys

Bill Buys, probably Australia’s longest-serving motoring writer, has been at his craft for more than five decades. Athough motoring has always been in his DNA, he was also night crime reporter, foreign page editor and later chief reporter of the famed Rand Daily Mail. He’s twice been shot at, attacked by a rhinoceros and had several chilling experiences in aircraft. His experience includes stints in traffic law enforcement, motor racing and rallying and writing for a variety of local and international publications. He has covered countless events, ranging from world motor shows and Formula 1 Grands Prix to Targa tarmac and round-the-houses meetings. A motoring tragic, he has owned more than 90 cars. Somewhat of a nostalgic, he has a special interest in classic cars. He is the father of Targa star Robert Buys, who often adds his expertise to Bill’s reviews.