Loaded with all the gadgets that 007 needed in 1965’s Thunderball, this famous Aston Martin DB5 Bond car has just been sold for a record sum.
RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction just witnessed an original James Bond movie car fetching a record sum of $6.4 million. A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 which was used as a promotional vehicle for Sean Connery-starrer Thunderball has found a new owner at the auction house’s “Evening with Aston Martin” sale at Monterey.
The initial estimate drawn up by RM Sotheby’s for Lot 11 fell in the $4-6 million range. But the final bid settled for an astronomical figure of $6.4 million, passing the higher end of the estimate range by a strong margin.
One of the two cars commissioned by Eon Productions for use as promotional vehicles, the DB5 comes with bumper over-riders, front guns, bulletproof rear glass shield, smoke screen, and oil slick dispenser. Interiors flaunt toggle switches, weapon drawer, and tracking screen.
Referred to as “The Most Famous Car in the World”, this DB5 has had three private caretakers including renowned car collector Lord Bamford. It had also underwent a major restoration in 2012, during which all 13 original “Bondmobile” gadgets were refurbished.