Aston Martin: The Choice of James Bond
It’s been more than 50 years since the Aston Martin was vaulted into being a worldwide symbol for style and sophistication. At the time, it was thanks to its prominent appearance in the 1964 James Bond Film ‘Goldfinger.’ Today, the luxury car is the ultimate dream for car lovers of all ages. Since that on-screen appearance, James Bond and Aston Martin have remained intertwined with each other as both represent timeless class and distinguished style. An Aston Martin can give anyone the appearance of being a connoisseur of more than just luxury automobiles, but as someone who appreciates all the finer things that life has to offer. Discover why today’s Aston Martin and James Bond are still the perfect match.
It may surprise most people, even discerning collectors that the original ‘Goldfinger’ DB5 was sold in 2010 for a staggering $3.9 million. The car included most of the gadgets seen in the film, like the revolving number plates, built-in telephone, twin guns behind the sidelights and the tire-slasher extending out of the back wheel. Not surprisingly, its most legendary asset in the film, the passenger ejector seat, was never actually operational. While the most desirable DB5 in the world is officially off the market, luckily you can still see it in person. The owner, Harry Yeagy, a renowned car collector from the US, has been kind enough to keep this iconic vehicle on permanent display in his private car museum located in Cincinnati, Ohio. While you’re there, feast your eyes on Yeagy’s 44 other tantalizing trophies that include Ferraris, Porsches, a McLaren and other automotive masterpieces that will leave you in awe. The revered collector has a rule when he purchases another vehicle for his collection. He must sell one from the current display when a new one comes in, so even you may be the next owner of the ‘Goldfinger’ Aston Martin DB5 when it goes up for sale. All you have to do is be the highest bidder.
Years of Partnership Between Aston Martin and Bond
There is no doubt that the words Aston Martin still conjure an image of Sean Connery’s DB5 for millions of people around the world. However, the Scottish actor only drove the legendary British classic in one other movie after ‘Goldfinger’, and that was ‘Thunderball’ in the following year. In the 70s, the iconic Aston Martin and its super-spy driver were not seen on screen together. Although the late Sir Roger Moore played 007 seven times, he never got behind the wheel of an Aston Martin as his weapon of choice on the road. That makes Moore the only one of the six Bond actors to never have that special on-screen partner. Even George Lazenby got to drive an Aston Martin DBS while only playing Bond a single time in 1969’s ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.’
Rebooted & Rebranded
James Bond and his trusted set of wheels made things right again in the 80s as Timothy Dalton could be seen in a gadgets-filled V8 Aston Martin Vantage Volante in 1987’s ‘The Living Daylights.’ The relationship between the two on-screen stars grew even closer in the mid-90s starting with 1995’s ‘GoldenEye’, as Pierce Brosnan became the first Bond actor to drive a luxurious Aston Martin in all of his four films as the super-spy. This trend continued when Bond got rebooted in 2006 as the critically acclaimed ‘Casino Royale’ and the timeless brand paired and continued through the years as Aston Martin has been featured in every Bond movie since 1995. ‘Casino Royale’ was not only the first Bond film featuring Daniel Craig but it also offered a brand new explanation on how 007 obtained his world-famous Aston Martin ride. It turns out everyone’s favorite secret agent won his legendary Aston Martin DB5 when he defeated the villain in a poker game in the Bahamas. It’s a narrative completely in line with the image of style and bold adventure associated with both Bond himself and the incredible Aston Martin brand. It’s a combination seen since the two joined forces way back in 1964’s ‘Goldfinger.’
Both James Bond and his Aston Martin have truly been a match made in heaven over the years. It’s the perfect gadget car for the world’s greatest super-spy. The success of the Bond films and the image that became associated with Aston Martin has boosted the car’s popularity. Today, owning an Aston Martin is the dream of anyone with a license to drive.