Aston Martin DB5

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Probably the most famous of James Bond's cars, it came with all the clever Q refinements that have been endlessly copied in the spy film genre, including bullet-proof panels, oil slick, smoke screen, machine guns, rotating licence plates (valid in all countries), telescoping tire slashers, Homer screen, radar receiver in reaview mirror, bumper basher, and most famously, the passenger ejector seat. Since 1964, Aston Martin cars are actually used in the films to promote and sell the carmaker's models by capitalizing on the Bond hype.

The DB5 has appeared in:






The only known remaining of two DB5s driven by Sean Connery that appeared in Goldfinger and Thunderball has been auctioned off by RM Auctions in London on October 27th, 2010. The ejector seat has been replaced with a regular seat. However, the rest of the goodies remain intact. Perfect for someone who doesn't tolerate road rage ('54 Bollinger not included).

According to the Bond Museum and Motor News Florida, the other car (the one actually used in Goldfinger) was stolen from an aircraft hangar in Boca Raton, Florida in 1997 and never recovered. The mystery surrounding the theft of the vehicle and the fact that the alarm in the hangar was not tripped has led to speculation that the motive behind the theft was insurance fraud since the market value at that time was estimated to be upwards of four million dollars. Sadly, this likely means the vehicle is at the bottom of the Atlantic. Internet networkers please respond.

Aston Martin also made two other tricked out DB5s for a promotional tour since the popularity of the vehicle shot up after the movie. One resides at the Smoky Mountain Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The other is privately owned.

The Bond Museum has a DB5 that was used in a television reunion of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in which George Lazenby makes a cameo appearance as a spy with the initials "J.B.". This was a tribute to honor James Bond's influence on that television series.

The DB5 appears in Skyfall as plot theme to contrast the old with the new and as a nostalgic return to the early days of the franchise. The car is destroyed along with Bond's childhood home to mirror a 'Phoenix from the Ashes' (don't worry, no real 1965 DB5's were harmed during the filming). Two DB5s were used in Skyfall. The remaining original DB5 is owned by a collector and the other, owned by EON productions, is modeled after it. The DB5 destroyed at the end of Skyfall was a 1/3 scale model.

The car reappears in Spectre. Q had it rebuilt from scratch in his workshop ("I believe I said bring it back in one piece, not bring back one piece!"). Bond and Madeleine Swann drive away with it at the end of the film.

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Homer Screen in Aston Martin
Revolving Licence Plate
Tire Cutter
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond WikiAston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Aston Martin DB5 - James Bond WikiAston Martin DB5 - James Bond Wiki
Specs:
  • 4.0 Liter I6
  • 282 horsepower
  • 288 lb ft torque
  • 3,310 lbs
  • 0-60 in 8.1 seconds
  • £4,248 MSRP

Features:

Bulletproof armored front and rear panels, oil slick, smoke screen, retractable .30 Caliber Browning machine guns behind front fog-lights, rotating license plates, telescoping tire slashers, tracer receiving console, passenger ejector seat, in-car telephone, and a personal weapons rack under the driver's seat. In Goldeneye, the Aston was stripped of all its gadgets and installed with a built-in drinks cooler in the armrest. In Casino Royale, Bond wins Alex Dimitrios' car in a poker game (baccarat in the book). Because the car belonged to Dimitrios, it was likely not outfitted with defenses or gadgets.

The car appears once again in Skyfall, this time with two of the features shown by Q in Goldfinger, namely the ejection seat -fortunately not used- and the forward machine guns, which are used by Bond to ambush and kill several of Silva's men when Skyfall Lodge is attacked.

Continuity trivia: in the book series, Fleming meant for this to be Bond's personal car that he purchased himself. However, due to the filming schedule of the movies, the acquisition from Dimitrios takes place out of order since Casino Royale was one of the first Bond stories written leaving the viewer to wonder if we are considering two separate vehicles. Car buffs are quick to point out that the DB5 in Casino Royale has the steering wheel on the left side rather than in the proper British configuration. It was clearly Bond's personal car in the Brosnan timeline.

Blooper: If you look carefully in Goldfinger, you'll notice the production team removed the sun visor for filming yet they didn't cover the bolt holes in the roof. The visors reappeared in Thunderball.