Although the original James Bond Aston Martin DB5 – heavily customized – for Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) – cost its former owner around $12,000 back in 1969, the tricked out classic sold today for a whopping $4.1 million US. Proceeds from the sale will go to charity, but the lucky owner now has an icon of film history, not to mention an auto handcrafted in 1963.
Here are some detailed pictures of the pretty car, as well as a BBC report on its sudden reappearance after decades, and its sale today. A related piece on Yahoo News features more pictures and video footage.
Man, I wish I had that toy car with the rotating license plates, rocket launchers, trick passenger seat, bullet shield, and more.
Since we’re talking Bond, I have to direct you to Illustrated 007, a colourful blog with many book covers and publicity art that many Bond fans may never have seen before. The German paperback books are particularly striking, since they don’t focus on star mug shots; they’re about style, mood, and the tease of sex and violence.
Worth visiting, because with MGM currently in the financial crapper, it’ll be a while before a Bond film hits the screens. I’d just hate to think the last 007 hit we had to settle for was 2008’s Quantum of Solace.
It offered no solace. Not one ounce.
Mark R. Hasan, EditorKQEK.com