Love him or hate him, there is no denying that Daniel Craig breathed life into the James Bond franchise. His darker, tougher, and rather more, "salt of the earth" take on the iconic character, has very much shifted the overall landscape of the 007 series. After working for years in television movies and independent films, he started to gain wider notice in the early 2000s. His award-winning work in the independent film "Some Voices" led to calls from Hollywood, and a co-starring role in the film, "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider", opposite Angelina Jolie. From there, he began to appear in more and more high-profile productions, including "Road to Perdition", "Layer Cake", and "Enduring Love". After an extensive search, the producers of James Bond chose him to succeed Pierce Brosnan. When "Casino Royale" was released in 2006, Daniel Craig went from being a good British actor, to an international star, seemingly overnight. Since then, he has worked steadily, and in addition to the other Bond films, he has also joined another franchise, starring as Mikael Blomkvist in the American remake of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" series. He recently turned 45, and, as a birthday present to himself, he bought a little reminder of what has made him so successful. He purchased a vehicle from James Bond's car maker of choice. He bought a red Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster is one of the newest vehicles in the Aston Martin line. The two-door convertible has received rave reviews from just about everyone. The vehicle runs on a 48 valve V12 engine that powers the car from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds. It has a top speed of 190 miles per hour. The Roadster has an aluminum, magnesium alloy, composite, and steel body, and includes LED rear lights and halogen headlamps. The six-speed manual transmission and 398 mm carbon ceramic disc brakes add to the feeling that you are in a vehicle built for both speed and luxury. Daniel Craig paid 150,000 GBP (approximately $225,000 US) for his Aston Martin. MI6 only foots his car bills in the movies.