One of the most famous Bond cars — the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (chassis number DB5/2008/R), which starred alongside Sean Connery in Thunderball and Goldfinger, will be offered for sale for the first time in 35 years. It will be the featured car in the annual Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona auction, held each January by Canada’s own RM Auctions.
Formerly the property of Sir Anthony Bamford, the Aston Martin is one of 40 cars offered from the Smoky Mountain Car Museum where it has been on display since the late 1970s. Complete with all the exciting features and details, the Aston is one of only four cars originally constructed and used for the film, tour and promotional use.
Some of the special Bond options include: Front and rear extending hydraulic over-rider rams on the bumpers; front firing .30 caliber Browning “prop” machine guns powered by an oxy/acetylene system in the boot; wheel-mounted tire slasher (three-eared spinner); retractable rear bullet proof screen; radio telephone concealed in secret driver’s door compartment; radar scanner in racing type wing mirror with tracking screen in the cockpit; passenger ejector seat, with removable roof panel (seat since replaced with standard seat); oil slick ejector from left side rear light cluster; triple spiked nails (calthrops) from the right side rear light cluster; smoke screen released through separate rear system — located next to rear exhaust; revolving number plates (3) YRE 186H on yellow, 007JB on white, JB007 on black; armaments drawer under front driver seat.
On a related note, Sony Pictures Entertainment, EON Productions and MGM/Columbia Pictures announced recently that British actor, Daniel Craig, will play the next James Bond in the upcoming 21st Bond film Casino Royale, set for release in November 2006. During the press conference aboard a Royal Navy ship to announce Craig as the new 007, the film’s director Martin Campbell (who lensed 1995’s Goldeneye) was asked what car the MI6 agent will pilot. Campbell’s answer was “it’ll be the Aston Martin.” Fans rejoice! Perhaps Bond will steer the new V8 Vantage or DB9? Still, we talked to Barbara Prince, the corporate communications manager for the Aston Martin who said, “As yet there has been no announcement by MGM as to the make or model of the car appearing in the new James Bond film.” Hopefully, Campbell’s comments will be confirmed this month when Casino Royale begins shooting.