24 Carat Aston Martin Marks 50th Anniversary of Goldfinger
One-Third Scale Aston Martin DB5 To Be Auctioned For Charity
James Bond fans: An Aston Martin DB5 finished in twenty-four carat gold has been created to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Goldfinger (the film that made it famous). This one-third scale model looks fantastic and is a faithful reproduction of its larger sibling. During the film, Bond – who is played by the legendary Sean Connery – is taken to its limit in pursuit of Auric Goldfinger, a bullion smuggler and overall “bad egg”. It therefore races through hazardous mountain roads and – courtesy of spikes that emerge from its wheel – punctures the tyres of a lady Bond who wants to meet. Naughty! The DB5 has other tricks too. Highlights include the ejector seat that is operated via a button in its gear stick, a bullet proof shield at the rear, revolving number plates and machine guns in the lights. The model will now be sold by Christie's to raise money for the National Society for the Protection of Children. Its guns, bullet proof shield and revolving plates can be operated via remote control. It has also been signed by Sir Ken Adam who designed the “Q” branch modifications for the film. It is expected to sell for between £40,000 – £60,000. Online bids will be taken from September 8th to September 17th 2014.
Aston Martin DB5 Engine, Equipment And Bond History
The Aston Martin DB5 has a 4.0-litre, 282bhp, petrol engine. This enables it to race to 62mph in 7.1 seconds and continue to 142mph. Impressive figures for the period, Mr Bond. Standard features includes leather upholstery, reclining seats, twin fuel tanks, chrome wire wheels, electric windows and wool pile carpets. Perhaps more important, the sweeping profile and prominent nose ensure it is considered one of the most beautiful cars its manufacturer has built. That is quite an achievement. Furthermore, Goldfinger is the first of several outings for the car. It therefore reappears in the following film, Thunderball, in 1965 sporting the same registration (BMT 216A). However, in this film the car has two, rear-facing, water cannons to complement its better known toys. Its next appearance is GoldenEye in 1995 followed by Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997. At this point, Pierce Brosnan is the main man in the fancy tuxedo and the registration number is BMT 214A. In 2006, an Aston Martin DB5 – sporting the registration 56526 – stars in Casino Royale with Daniel Craig. Gotta love that ejector seat.