Bond swaps the Aston for a Fiat 500

James Bond is swapping his famous Aston Martins for a Fiat 500 in the newest 007 film, according to reports.

Italian media has been reporting that the dinky Fiat supermini will be used by Daniel Craig’s Bond as part of an adrenaline-charged car chase throughout the streets of Rome.

Perhaps better known for driving powerful cars with an equally powerful array of various gadgets and weaponry, the Fiat 500 will star in the movie with scenes due to be shot early next year.

Bond 24

Little is known about the plot of the upcoming film, except that it’s tentatively named Bond 24 and is set for release in the autumn next year.

However, if media are reports are to be believed, 007’s little 500 won’t fare well in the next film, apparently getting crushed near the Vatican City.

Previous Bond cars

Usually seen in an Aston Martin, Bond films have previously included models from Jaguar, Land Rover, Alfa Romeo and Ford throughout the years, but this is the first time a Fiat will appear.

The diminutive Fiat 500 is no stranger to movie magic, however, having appeared in films including American Graffiti, while the 500L made a guest appearance alongside the iconic Godzilla.

James Bond isn’t the only silver screen hero to get behind the wheel of a 500 either, after Clint Eastwood has been spotted out and about in his, while Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe drives a Punto.

Making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the new Fiat 500 range features new styling and technological features over its predecessor, plus a choice of three new classic colours.

Other features include redesigned alloy wheels, new fabric and leather upholstery options and a new seven-inch digital instrument display, which brings together all information and function controls.

A new Cult trim sits at the top of the range, building on the previous high specification Lounge model, with 16-inch alloy wheels, a gloss black roof panel, leather seats and rear parking sensors.

Power comes from a new 104bhp 0.9-litre TwinAir turbocharged petrol engine, giving the 500 a top speed of 117mph, an official combined fuel economy of 67mpg and CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.

Pricing for the new Fiat 500 range starts at £10,420 for the entry-level Pop trim.