Aston-Martin is a type of automobile that Jesuits say they will lend the pope, according to the notes found in the desk of a New York advertising executive (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 27).


Aston Martin is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers founded in 1913.  The firm became associated with luxury grand touring cars in the 1950s and 1960s, and with the fictional character James Bond following his use of one model in the 1964 film Goldfinger[1].

"John would not have wasted his time reading a James Bond novel, but certainly would have seen at least the early Bond movies," says friend Alfred Myers.  "Goldfinger introduced the wildly popular car and was released during the time period when John was writing Fidgeta. As he was totally indifferent about cars, he never would have been able to come up with the name unless it was popular currency.[2]"


  1. Wikipedia: Aston Martin
  2. Correspondence with Alfred Myers.
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