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Will Auction of James Bond's Aston Martin Leave the Market Shaken, or Stirred?
WS Journal ^ | JUNE 1, 2010 | By STEVE STECKLOW

Posted on 06/03/2010 5:11:39 AM PDT by STONEWALLS

BLENHEIM, Ontario—For more than 40 years, Jerry Lee, a Philadelphia-area radio station owner, kept a used car in a downstairs room in his house. He never drove it.

The vehicle had only one previous owner. His name was Bond. James Bond.

Mr. Lee's car, now here in a Canadian auto-restoration shop, was one of the original Aston Martin Silver Birch DB5s used in the early 007 films, "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball." It included "some rather interesting modifications," as the character known as Q explained in Goldfinger: revolving license plates, tire slasher, twin machine guns, rear oil sprayer, smoke screen, nail disperser, radar, retractable bullet-proof screen and, most memorably, a passenger ejector seat.

Mr. Lee, who is 74, bought the car directly from Aston Martin's British factory in 1969 for $12,000. He's now hoping to sell it for millions at a classic-cars auction in London on Oct. 27 and use the proceeds to fund a foundation he runs that focuses on crime prevention

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: jamesbond
...WOW!...this really takes me back...back in the day, this was the coolest car ever.
1 posted on 06/03/2010 5:11:39 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: STONEWALLS

It is STILL one of the coolest cars ever! :)


2 posted on 06/03/2010 5:12:51 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: STONEWALLS
...WOW!...this really takes me back...back in the day, this was the coolest car ever.

Just in our dreams...Imagine all the damage the production studio did to the original car to get all the fake gadgets into it. I agree that the movie Goldfinger and the car are part of movie history, but from the standpoint of real value, give me the same untouched model instead of this chopped up prop car.

3 posted on 06/03/2010 5:18:40 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: STONEWALLS
and use the proceeds to fund a foundation he runs that focuses on crime prevention

A stimulus fund for guns for hard working Americans?
4 posted on 06/03/2010 5:18:52 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Anti-Gunners suffer from Factose Intolerance)
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To: STONEWALLS


5 posted on 06/03/2010 5:19:23 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: STONEWALLS

It still is.


6 posted on 06/03/2010 5:20:16 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: STONEWALLS

...WOW!...this really takes me back...back in the day, this was the coolest man ever.


7 posted on 06/03/2010 5:25:34 AM PDT by timeflies
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To: Chode

I only came here for the pictures!


8 posted on 06/03/2010 5:29:50 AM PDT by frithguild (I gave to Joe Wilson the day after, to Scott Brown seven days before and next to JD Hayworth.)
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To: STONEWALLS
foundation he runs that focuses on crime prevention

Crime in England can be reduced by giving gun rights. They does not take all that money in a shelter.

9 posted on 06/03/2010 5:32:29 AM PDT by bmwcyle (NJ Governor Chris Christie for President)
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To: STONEWALLS

I thought that car was at the International Spy Museum...is the one at the museum a replica? Or is it from different Bond movies? I’ll have to ask my hubby, who would know these answers...


10 posted on 06/03/2010 5:36:39 AM PDT by Cailleach
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To: Cailleach
There were three or four DB5 prop cars, depending on the camera shots required. And, as I recall from a magazine article from several years ago, one was built as a touring car for publicity after the movie was made. I think that was the one I saw at the Chicago Auto Show, back in the early sixties.

It's like the Mustangs from the Steve McQueen movie, Bullitt. I understand that there were three cars, one was scrapped, (the jumper) because it was too badly stressed to be safe for resale, and the other two are hiding in garages, both having gaping holes from the camera mountings.

11 posted on 06/03/2010 5:51:32 AM PDT by jonascord (We've got the Constitution to protect us. Why should we worry?)
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To: Cailleach

I recently watched a European auction on tv where a documented Bond car was sold. From memory (questionable) the host said six were made, five are known, and one was stolen and its whereabouts are unknown. I’m pretty sure it sold for far less than a million, but again ... as my older brother says: “My short-term memory is gone. It’s out looking for my long-term memory.”


12 posted on 06/03/2010 5:54:18 AM PDT by olereporter (Today's media should be held accountable for journalistic malfeasance and First Amendment abuse.)
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To: jonascord

“It’s like the Mustangs from the Steve McQueen movie,..”

....like wise with the ‘General Lee’ Roadrunner from the Dukes of Hazzard tv show.


13 posted on 06/03/2010 6:23:10 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: olereporter; jonascord

Thanks for the info! Hubby is home today, and he rolled his eyes at me, asked if I had ever seen a single Bond movie, and when I said yes, he asked if I really thought they did the entire movie with only one car.

He then proceeded to pour me a second cup of coffee and said that I needed it. :P


14 posted on 06/03/2010 6:26:35 AM PDT by Cailleach
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To: timeflies

He is still a cool man and much better looking now.


15 posted on 06/03/2010 6:27:56 AM PDT by Vor Lady ("Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." JFK)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!
I owned one too!


16 posted on 06/03/2010 8:40:44 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: Perdogg

PING


17 posted on 06/07/2010 7:49:02 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: potlatch
007/TheSaint.mp3

18 posted on 10/22/2010 12:41:55 AM PDT by devolve (. . . . . I CAME FOR THE WATERS . . I WAS MISINFORMED . . . .)
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To: potlatch


19 posted on 10/22/2010 1:14:57 AM PDT by devolve (. . . . . I CAME FOR THE WATERS . . I WAS MISINFORMED . . . .)
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To: devolve

Good post, I’ve seen them on your page.
Gold finger, the cold finger, with a spiders touch! Lol


20 posted on 10/22/2010 8:04:46 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: potlatch

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The top photo is a trick -

Roger Moore never appeared in a James Bond series movies with a silverbirch Aston Martin DB5

That is a mucho enlarged and modified (fuzzy) photo from “CANNONBALL RUN” where Moore did a parody of himself as James Bond

He drove a Volvo P-1800S coupe in “THE SAINT” in the TV series (THE SAINT - audio linked here)

Buffed my 4 AA batteries with copper pad - tomorrow must stock up on AA batteries for my wireless keyboards and all my remotes - WebTV, cable [AAA], TVs


21 posted on 10/22/2010 8:39:26 PM PDT by devolve (. . . . . I CAME FOR THE WATERS . . I WAS MISINFORMED . . . .)
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To: devolve

Oh yeah, I forgot about your batteries that you wrote about.
Roger Moore never appealed to me for some reason. Might be good looking but ‘something’ I don’t care for about him.

Most of the Bond songs are pretty to hear but many have cruel words and descriptions.


22 posted on 10/22/2010 8:45:38 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: potlatch

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Lyrics again!

It tough coming up with fitting spy action film lyrics!

Worst of the worst:

Madonna singing “DIE ANOTHER DAY”

Roger Moore played it tongue-in-cheek

I fell asleep near the start of “THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN” recently - a Roger Moore as 007 flickeroo

The villain - played by one of Ian Fleming’s cousins

I seem to be able to just relax and allow the starring James Bond in each 007 film to do his thing -
Odd that the Aston Martin DBS in “ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE” was not fitted with bullet-proof glass and armored body panels

Diana Rigg did not fare well.....


23 posted on 10/22/2010 9:09:07 PM PDT by devolve (. . . . . I CAME FOR THE WATERS . . I WAS MISINFORMED . . . .)
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To: devolve

Perhaps women pay more attention to lyrics. The boom, boom, vroom, vroom, repeat, repeat songs are for the guys, lol. Sometime, go read the lyrics to Thunderball!

Die Another DAy lyrics are crazy.

Yeah, I made a slideshow of how Diana Rigg fared.

You are lucky that you can watch repeat movies and enjoy them. I bought 6 new books yesterday, am going through books like crazy.


24 posted on 10/22/2010 9:20:46 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: potlatch

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ON HER MAJESTY*S SECRET SERVICE was one of the best Bond flicks

Choice or cars in 007 movies could have been mucho better

The red Ferrari 355 GTS in GOLDENEYE would have been better if the earlier less powerful Ferrari 308 GTS (Magnum PI) had been used in the DB5 chase

The new (and bloated) red *71 Mustang MACH I used in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER should have been a red *69 or *70 Mustang MACH I Super Cobra Jet 428ci - *64 to *70 are the classic Mustang styles that Ford now is basing new Mustangs on - See the huge auction prices at the Barrett-Jackson Auctions

The bright green Jaguar XKR used in DIE ANOTHER DAY should have been a modified BRG Jaguar TYPE-E Series III V12 - fitted with twin-turbos

Ian Fleming*s books were filled with Bond updating his vintage classic Bentley*s engines and adding superchargers

Car buffs love nostagia and Retro-Mods

But then movie producers are not all geniuses - and Ford was supplying the Astons, Jags, and Ford movie cars

The DAD cars had Ford Explorer 4WDs fitted with Mustang BOSS 302 engines

Hiring some pro-Grand Am drivers would have been better - and safer


25 posted on 10/22/2010 10:49:51 PM PDT by devolve (. . . . . I CAME FOR THE WATERS . . I WAS MISINFORMED . . . .)
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To: devolve
I've always enjoyed books more than the movies made from them. We form our own ‘images’ of the hero's and heroines. I read the James Bond books and enjoyed them but when the movies were made, they were made for men - you understand...

Everything was made ‘excessive’ in the movies I believe. You are the car expert but whoever made each movie wanted the car they wanted in each of them. Movie makers don't stick to the details of the book writers I've found.

I always liked Sean Connery, only for his good looks I guess. I haven't ever read up on Connery's life but James Bond was not an especially admirable man. Flemming even wrote that himself.

26 posted on 10/23/2010 3:00:43 PM PDT by potlatch
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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE


1930 Blower Bentley


27 posted on 02/17/2014 7:51:43 AM PST by devolve (- a 3 year boy on TV news today : "Please Jesus make it warm!" -)
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