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Aston Martin DB5

One of the original Aston Martin DB5 James Bond cars
One of the original Aston Martin DB5 James Bond cars
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Sean Connery with the Aston Martin DB5 on Stoke Poges during the filming of Goldfinger
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Pierce Brosnan with the Aston Martin DB5 in the south of France during the filming of GoldenEye
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Bond (Daniel Craig) and Solange in the Aston Martin DB5 in Casino Royale
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Bond drives to Scotland with M in the DB5.
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In 1964, James Bond, then played by Sean Connery was introduced to his silver Aston Martin DB5 in the film Goldfinger. The DB5 caused a tremendous amount of talk, not only because of its timeless beauty but also because of those tempting gadgets that were fitted to it: oil spray, bullet proof shield, radar screen, revolving number plates, gun tray under driver's seat, tire slashers and of course the famous ejector seat with control button in the gear stick. The car is crashed in Goldfinger but later recovered and restored by Q, as the car appears again in Thunderball (1965). The license plate number is BMT 216A.

The car can then be seen in GoldenEye (1995), driven by Pierce Brosnan to the Monte Carlo Casino, with a playful chase scene between Bond in his Aston Martin DB5 versus and Xenia Onatopp in her red Ferrari 355 GTS. The car is then fitted with an Alpine 7817R car radio that doubles as a printer and communication device, and a champagne cooler between te seats. The license plate has changed to BMT 214A.

The DB5 used for the filming was sold at auction in 2018 to SpyScape museum.

The car can be seen briefly in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) as well.

In Casino Royale (2006) we find out how Bond acquired the car, when Daniel Craig as Bond wins an Aston Martin DB5, license plate 56526, during a poker game in the Bahamas One & Only Club.

In SkyFall (2012) the Aston Martin DB5 is once again put to use when Bond drives M to Scotland in this car. It is one of the last scenes in the movie that is made so that it 'could have taken place in 1962' according to Sam Mendes in this videoblog about the DB5 in SkyFall. The license plate number is BMT 216A. The car is completely destroyed by Silva at the end of the film.

In SPECTRE (2015) Q restores the DB5 for Bond, and at the end of the movie we see James Bond drive away in London in the DB5 with Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) in the passenger seat.

The DB5 can also be used in the video games 007 RacingAgent Under Fire and From Russia with Love and James Bond 007: Blood Stone. The DB5 also made cameo appearances in the comedy film, The Cannonball Run, driven by Roger Moore's character, and in the TV-film The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E., George Lazenby, playing a Bond-like character referred to as "JB", drives a DB5 (with the licence plate "JB").

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