Bond's Aston in real-life drama
Fraser Dunn, 29, lost control of the £160,000 supercar on a wet mountain road while on his way to the set of the next Bond movie, Quantum of Solace.
He was knocked unconscious as the car sank 45 metres to the bottom of Lake Garda, but came round in time to free himself and swim to safety.
Speaking from hospital, Dunn said he felt 'lucky to be alive'.
'The whole thing was a bit James Bond like,' said Dunn. 'I just kicked out of the car and swam to the surface - my lungs felt as if they were going to explode and my chest still hurts now.
'I am fine apart from a few bruises and I hope to be out of hospital within a day or so. It's actually very embarrassing and I'd like to try to forget the whole thing.'
Dunn, of Leamington Spa, has worked at Aston Martin as an engineer for five years.
The DBS was written off, but a replacement is being sent to the film set.