James Bond - ASTON MARTIN DB5
THe Aston Martin DB5 has become one of the world's most iconic cars which is largely down to its first appearance 1964's Goldfinger.
The Aston Martin DB5 has become one of the world's most iconic cars which is largely down to its first appearance 1964's Goldfinger.
This was the third Bond movie and remains one of the most revered with Derek Prouse of The Sunday Times saying of Goldfinger at the time that it was "superbly engineered. It is fast, it is most entertainingly preposterous and it is exciting." Little did anyone know that what they were watching was the beginning of a relationship between Bond and Aston that would go on for almost fifty years.
The book version of Goldfinger had seen author Ian Fleming place Bond in an Aston Martin DB Mark III but as the DB5 had just been introduced by Aston Martin in 1963 the decision was made to use the company's latest car.
The car was modified for the film to feature all manner of different weapons and gadgets (not as standard, obviously) including a revolving license plate, ejector seat and smoke screen. The car has since become synonymous with 007 and has appeared in a further six Bond movies, namely Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall and Spectre.
The distinctive 'Silver Birch' colour used on the car made it look both sleek yet energetic, graceful yet assertive - Sean Connery could be described much the same way. The DB5 encapsulated the world of the super spy, of sixties headiness mixed with cutting edge design and engineering. 282 horses of power under the bonnet (which was adorned by twin .30 calibre Browning machine guns).
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