If you have roughly $6 million burning a hole in your pocket, you might be interested in bidding on the Aston Martin DB5 coupe used in the James Bond film Goldfinger. That’s the amount of cash that it will likely take to bring the car home from the October 27 London auction, the Daily Mail reports. The DB series was named after David Brown (the head of the company from 1947–1972).
The gadget-filled Aston Martin sports car appeared in several notable Goldfinger action sequences; the smoke screen, the oil slick discharge, the revolving number plates, and the bullet-proof shield supposedly all work. The revolving machine guns and the ejector seat, however, don’t! The auction house does say that the car is “road legal.”
A Philadelphia man bought the car directly from Aston Martin in 1969 for a mere $12,000. The vehicle has been in mothballs for the most part since then, but the owner has agreed to sell it on condition that the proceeds go to charity.
An official with RM Auctions, the London company handling the auction, had this to say.
Under normal circumstances we would expect classic car collectors to be interested. But because it is 007′s car then it should appeal to wealthy people who like collecting cultural iconic items, like Jimi Hendrix’s guitar or Marilyn Monroe’s dress.
The often over-the-top 007 franchise has gone through many changes over the decades, including the recent reboot (now financially challenged) with Daniel Craig taking over the role as the British super spy.
Despite the passage of time, the 1964 film starring Sean Connery is still considered the best (or one of the best) Bond installment in the 22-film series. Goldfinger, the third film in the franchise, shows up on television fairly often and of course it is readily available on DVD. You might also know the film from the title song performed by Shirley Bassey.
In the film, James Bond tries to thwart international criminal Auric Goldfinger’s plan to explode a nuclear bomb inside the Ft. Knox, Kentucky, gold depository. Guess who wins?
The same Aston Martin was apparently also used in Thunderball.