Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger/Thunderball)

Modely Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger/Thunderball)

Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger/Thunderball)

Rok výroby 1965 - 1968

Model: DB5 (1963 - 1965)

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DB5 for James Bond (Goldfinger/Thunderball)

When Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond Book, Goldfinger in 1959, he put the hero in the driving seat of a DB Mark III, apparently following a suggestion by an AMOC member. But by 1963, when the film version was in pre-production, the Mark III had been replaced by the DB4 and a new car, the DB5, was about to be introduced. Eon productions approached AML for a car - and eventually, after much persuasion, AML eventually offered the prototype DB5 (DP216/1) as an 'effects' car and a similar production car for driving sequences (DB5/1486/R) - and thus was created the most famous car in the world. The association between Aston Martin and James Bond has lasted more than 50 years and is considered the most successful example of product placement ever.

The Silver Birch DB5 was crammed full of secret gadgets – many of which are total fiction, whereas some have become commonplace in modern cars. Modifications to the DB5 for the film were………..

  • Front and rear extending over-rider rams
  • Front firing .30 calibre Browning machine guns behind the front indicators
  • Retractable tyre slashers (three eared spinners)
  • Retractable rear bullet proof screen
  • Radio telephone concealed in secret door compartment
  • Radar scanner in racing type wing mirror, tracking screen in the cockpit
  • Passenger ejector seat – roof panel jettisoned just before the seat is fired
  • Oil slick ejector from nearside rear light cluster
  • Triple spiked nails (calthrops) from the offside rear light cluster
  • Cartridge for smoke screen released through the exhaust pipes
  • Revolving number plates (BMT216A – UK, 4711-EA-62 – France and LU6789 – Switzerland)
  • Armaments drawer under front driver seat
  • Bullet-proof front and rear screens

Initially, the effects car, DP216/1 was the only car with the extras fitted by the film production company, DB5/1486/R was in effect just a standard road car used for much of the driving sequences. But such was the demand for the 007 DB5 to appear around the world to publicise the films, the road car, DB5/1486/R  had the 007 extras fitted by the Aston Martin factory.

Both Goldfinger DB5’s also appeared in the 1965 James Bond film, Thunderball, with the addition of a Jet pack in the boot and rear firing water cannons. By 1968, the full effects car, DP216/1, still owned by AML, was returned to the Works and all the film company fitted special effects were removed prior to sale as a normal road car. Shortly after this DP216/1 was then refitted with replica effects by a Kent coachbuilder before being sold to an American collector. This car was stolen in June 1997 from a hanger in Florida and it’s whereabouts remain unknown. It may never be seen again.

The road car, DB5/1486/R, was privately owned in the USA by a collector from 1968 for more than 40 years and was seldom seen in public. Then in 2010, the owner decided to sell and the car was offered at the RM sale in London for £2.6 million (pictured here) – to another US collector.

As demand for the original movie cars to appear at events during the 1960’s was huge, two further DB5’s were converted by the factory for promotional work.

In writing this web page I have made great use of the book ‘The Most Famous Car in the World’ by Dave Worrall, the complete history of the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 which I can highly recommend.

DB5 James Bond ‘Works Replica’

Such was the demand for the 007 DB5 to appear around the world to publicise the films, a further two cars that never actually appeared in the films, DB5/2008/R and DB5/2017/R, had the 007 extras fitted by the Aston Martin Works. Following extensive promotional tours during the 1960's, both works replicas have subsequently spent many years in museums.

They have detailed differences from the film cars but are otherwise perfect replicas and are still considered genuine Bond cars. To some extent, the working features are built to be repeated demonstrated rather than the original effects car where they only needed to work the once during filming.

DB5/2008/R was for many years on display in the Smoky Mountain Car Museum but was offered for sale by RM auctions in January 2006 where it achieved a price of just over $2 million. It is believed to have been sold to a Swiss collector and was restored in Switzerland by Roos Engineering in 2010.

The final works replica, DB5/2017/R is part of the Dutch National Motor Museum, the Louwman Collection, which I have photographed both in its home and at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 2007.

DB5 for 007 James Bond (Goldeneye)

(1963 / 1995)

In 1995, the first James Bond film for six years, Goldeneye began dramatically with Pierce Brosnan driving a DB5 in a car chase with a Ferrari F355. A total of three cars were needed for filming, one in perfect condition for close up and interior shots (DB5/2187/R, see left, now carrying JBZ6007), and two more 'stunt cars' for the driving sequences in the hills above Monte Carlo (DB5/1484/R and DB5/1885/R). The stunt cars were purchased in relatively poor shape prior to filming and underwent a very quick restoration at the main AM dealer, Stratton Motor Company, Norwich, especially for the film.

When James Bond was reunited with the DB5, it was given the registration number, BMT214A, as if had come from the same fleet as the first car. This was, I believe that BMT216A couldn’t be used for legal reasons although it was used on the BMW 750i in ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’. The photographs below show what is believed to be DB5/1484/R of one of the 1995 stunt cars were taken during the travelling 007 exhibition whilst it was visiting the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television in Bradford during Summer 2002.

One of the stunt cars, DB5/1885/R, was sold at auction in 2001 and at that time, it became the one of the most expensive pieces of film memorabilia ever sold. The car has thankfully remained in private ownership in the UK and even has it’s own website,

The second stunt car, DB5/1484/R has been retained by EON and is believed to have also been used during the filming of Skyfall in 2013.

DB5 for 007 James Bond (Casino Royale)

(1963 - 2006)

By now, you will have no doubt seen the 19th Bond Film, Casino Royale, staring Daniel Craig. Basically, the film chronicles the very beginning of the 007 James Bond story and includes this particular DB5, chassis number DB5/1399/L. Instead of having the car presented to him by 'Q', James Bond is very fortunate to win this car in a game of poker whilst in the Bahamas.

I was able to photograph this car in May 2006 whilst it was on display in the Heritage Restorations section of Works Service at Newport Pagnell. I also saw it a few months later at Works Service where it is undergoing a restoration. To date, six different DB5’s have actually appeared in four different Bond films although I still believe a DB5 would also have appeared in ‘The World is Not Enough’ had the footage not ended up on the cutting room floor.

DB5 for 007 James Bond (Skyfall)

(1965 / 2012)

The 2012 film, Skyfall, was the fifth occasion that James Bond has driven a Silver Birch DB5. There were, it has been claimed, two cars used during filming and neither were harmed during the making of the movie despite what you may have seen on screen. One of the cars was loaned to the film production company by a customer of Aston Martin Works who had initially entrusted the car to them for a full restoration.

By an odd quirk, the chassis number of this DB5 is DB/2007/R, the only DB5 with 007 in the chassis number.

I first saw chassis DB5/2007R in 2010 when the car was being auctioned by RM at their annual sale in London. At that time, the car was painted in its original livery of green with tan leather. In 2011, the car was hastily prepared for the film by being painted silver and having the leather recoloured. It has been in great demand since being centre stage during the premiere of the film having been road tested my many classic car magazines.

Not sure if you can see this clearly in the photographs but Works didn’t go to the trouble of actually cutting a panel in the roof for the ejector seat. This was merely represented by a vinyl sticker tracing the edge of the non-existent hole.


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