Skip to comments.Will Auction of James Bond's Aston Martin Leave the Market Shaken, or Stirred?
Posted on 06/03/2010 5:11:39 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
BLENHEIM, OntarioFor 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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It is STILL one of the coolest cars 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.
It still is.
...WOW!...this really takes me back...back in the day, this was the coolest man ever.
I only came here for the pictures!
Crime in England can be reduced by giving gun rights. They does not take all that money in a shelter.
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...
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.
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.”
“It’s like the Mustangs from the Steve McQueen movie,..”
....like wise with the ‘General Lee’ Roadrunner from the Dukes of Hazzard tv show.
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
He is still a cool man and much better looking now.
Good post, I’ve seen them on your page.
Gold finger, the cold finger, with a spiders touch! Lol
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
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.
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.....
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.
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
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.