Aston Martin History - Nowadays - Vanquish S - The Aston Martin Vanquish, designed by Ian Callum, was unveiled at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show and was produced from June 2001 to September 2004 with the later Vanquish S being produced from September 2004 to July 2007. Its rise to recognition by the wider public came after being featured as the official James Bond car in the film Die Another Day. The Aston Martin DB9 was launched in 2004. The DB9 is the first model to be built at Aston Martin's Gaydon facility in Warwickshire, England. The moniker "DB" stems from the initials of David Brown, the owner of Aston Martin for a significant part of its history. The DB9, which was designed by Ian Callum and finished by his successor, Henrik Fisker, superseded the now-discontinued Aston Martin DB7 which started production in 1994.