Perhaps the most famous Aston Martin because of the specially equipped silver birch DB5 that starred in the James Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball. The DB5 made a comeback to the big screen in the 1995 film GoldenEye.

In its fifth year of continuous development, the celebrated DB4 had become slightly longer and taller, evolving into an exciting long distance grand touring machine. Aston Martin then upped the ante late in 1963 with the introduction of the ultra-desirable DB5 model. Upgrades involved a larger, 4.0-litre engine and triple SU carburettors as standard equipment, resulting in a nearly 20 percent increase in horsepower (factory rated at 282 bhp).

Therefore, it was no surprise when Eon Productions, the producers of the legendary James Bond film series, chose the new DB5 as the 007 conveyance, as it represented the epitome of British style and performance. The car had recently been displayed to great acclaim at the Earl’s Court Motor Show in London, and although other marques were briefly considered, the producers eventually returned to their first choice.

The celebrated Silver Birch DB5, and the purposefulness with which it was deployed, embodied perfectly the virtues of the Bond character first launched with the Ian Fleming novels from 1953: stunning elegance, international intrigue and the fluid command of visceral power.

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Two DB5s were in fact used on-screen for the production of the timeless James Bond classics Goldfinger and Thunderball. One of those two cars has since disappeared without a trace; it was reported stolen in 1997 and is believed to have been destroyed. RM Auctions is proud to represent the other – and only known remaining – original 007 DB5 movie car.

Part of the RM Auctions event for Automobiles of London in October, 2010.

282 bhp, 4.0-litre DOHC “Vantage” inline six-cylinder engine, triple SU HD8 carburettors, ZF five-speed manual gearbox, rack-and-pinion steering, four-wheel twin-servo Girling disc brakes, independent front suspension, with double wishbones, coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers, rear suspension by live hypoid axle mounted on parallel trailing links, transversely located by Watt's linkage. Wheelbase: 104"

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Aston Martin DB5 James Bond