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James Bond car designer Ian Callum gets honorary doctorate

Ian Callum
Image caption Ian Callum has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Glasgow School of Art

The designer of a car used in a James Bond film has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Glasgow School of Art.

Dumfries-born Ian Callum was the man behind the Aston Martin Vanquish driven by Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day.

GSA director Prof Seona Reid described him as being at the "top of the game in automotive design".

Also honoured was Steve Inch, the recently retired executive director for development and regeneration services at Glasgow City Council.

Mr Callum was a GSA graduate in Industrial Design and helped to revive Aston Martin's DB series before moving to Jaguar in 1999.

"The years I spent at Glasgow School of Art were amongst the happiest and possibly the most creative time I can recall," he said.

"I am deeply honoured to be receiving this award from an institution that means so much to me."

Prof Reid said Mr Inch had had "a seminal influence not only on the regeneration of Glasgow, but on the growth of the arts and creative industries in the city".

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