Bond’s back in a Bent­ley

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BOND is back where he started . . . in a Bent­ley.

While most peo­ple as­so­ciate James Bond with Aston Martins, the orig­i­nal Ian Flem­ing books had the Bri­tish mas­ter spy driv­ing a Bent­ley.

In a new book com­mis­sioned by Ian Flem­ing Pub­li­ca­tions, au­thor Jef­frey Deaver (pic­tured) has re­turned 007 to his right­ful place in a Bent­ley in the pages of

Deaver, au­thor of the Bone Col­lec­tor, se­lected the Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal GT in his book to be pub­lished on May 26, two days be­fore the 103rd an­niver­sary of Flem­ing’s birth­day in 1908.

The book is partly set in Dubai, where Deaver re­cently drove a Con­ti­nen­tal GT.

‘‘It is an in­spi­ra­tional and awe-in­spir­ing city and makes a per­fect Bond lo­ca­tion, es­pe­cially for a novel that pushes our hero to new ex­tremes,’’ he says.

De­spite Bond driv­ing a Bent­ley in Flem­ing’s books, his first car in a movie was a Sun­beam Alpine in the 1962 film,

He didn’t drive a Bent­ley un­til the sec­ond Bond flick,

in 1963 in which the li­censed-to- kill agent drove a Bent­ley Mark IV. It wasn’t un­til the third Bond movie,

in 1964, that Bond drove the fa­mous Aston Martin DB5, the quin­tes­sen­tial Bond car. There were also Bent­leys in

(1969) and

(1979). Other car com­pa­nies have used Bond films to pro­mote and even launch new mod­els.

High­lights are the am­phibi­ous Lo­tus Esprit in which also fea­tured a Mini Moke, and the launch of the BMW Z3 Road­ster in 1995’s

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