Monday, June 7, 2010
They've been shaken. They've been stirred. And somehow, James Bond movie cars keep seem to make headlines at auto auctions.
This time, it's the real deal -- the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond movie car featured in Goldfinger and Thunderball.
This one, one of two used in the movies, comes with all the goodies: fake machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen, all controlled from factory-installed toggles and switches hidden in the center arm-rest.
It's expected to bring at least $5 million when it goes on sale at the "Automobiles of London" event in London on Oct. 27.
RM says the DB5 was originally loaned to Eon Productions for the filming of the two Bond movies and returned to the Aston Martin Lagonda factory after a promotional tour. After a few years it was bought by an American:
Jerry Lee, a radio broadcaster based in Philadelphia, convinced the factory to sell the car to him for $12,000 in 1969. It is still owned by Lee. "The James Bond car has brought me much enjoyment for some 40 years," said Jerry Lee.