The cheap new Fiat Panda is set to join an illustrious list of names including Aston Martin, Lotus and BMW by featuring in a James Bond movie.
Filming for Casino Royale is set to start early next year and before die-hard fans protest over the slick secret agent driving a cheap hatchback it should pointed out that Bond's main drive will actually be the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
Unfortunately for aspiring spies body armour and smoke screens are not available from the manufacturer. New Fiat Panda drivers will have to make do with a CD player, electric windows and air conditioning.
After a difficult few years Fiat's range is now back to its best from the cheap new Fiat Panda to the cheap new Fiat Idea compact MPV and slick new Fiat Stilo.
However, ejector seat or not the Italian manufacturer still has a long way to go before it becomes Bond's car of choice.