Quercus to publish stunt driver Ben Collins

Quercus to publish stunt driver Ben Collins

Quercus is publishing a book by Ben Collins, the former "Top Gear" Stig and James Bond stunt driver.

Out in hardback on 15th October, Aston Martin: Made in Britain will explore the Aston Martin sports car from Collins' "unique perspective behind the wheel", from carving through country lanes in his father's V8 Vantage, to driving Aston Martins in James Bond movies and competing against them in the Le Mans 24-hour race. 

Shortly after publication of the book, in November, the new James Bond film "No Time to Die" is released, starring Daniel Craig which features four Aston Martin models being put through their paces by Collins.

Managing director Jon Butler acquired world rights in the book from Mark Lucas at The Soho Agency, and Quercus says the book will be launched with a "standout" publicity campaign, "major" national broadcast interviews and literary festival appearances in digital and physical formats, extending into 2021. The marketing will include a partnership with the Aston Martin Owners' Club and a wide-ranging advertising campaign.

Butler said: "Aston Martin is one of Britain’s greatest success stories: a byword for sophistication, innovation and endeavour. I can’t think of anyone better than Ben to write a narrative history of the marque, and in tracing 100 years of speed from his unique vantage point behind the wheel, he has written nothing less than a love letter to one of the world’s best-loved machines."

Collins said: "The story of Aston Martin has more twists and turns than the Nürburgring [race track] and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed bringing these characters together into one fast-paced book. Aston Martin, the business and the people, is a marque that can never say die."