Spoiled by Aston Martins and BMWs, movie hero James Bond may be getting a lowly Fiat Panda 4x4.

Fiat has confirmed it gave two black Panda 4x4s to the producers of the 21st Bond movie, Casino Royale, which is due to be released next year.

Will the Pandas hold up to the secret agent's habitually rough treatment?

It's difficult to say because Fiat doesn't know how the filmmaker might use the cars. Anyway the new Mr. Bond - a yet-to-be-named actor who will replace Pierce Brosnan to become the sixth James Bond - might have to change his driving technique.

In the last Bond movie, Die Another Day, Brosman drove a 528hp, 322km/h (210mph) V12 Aston Martin Vanquish. The new Mr. Bond might have to adapt to the more modest Panda with 60hp in-line four cylinder engine and 145km/h top speed.

The question is: will a Panda-driving Mr. Bond still be able to get the girl?

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