Cars from the James Bond films hit the market every few years. In 2010 an Aston Martin D B5 for 2.6 million pounds (at today's exchange rate almost 2.9 million euros) auctioned by RM Auctions. Three years later, the Lotus Esprit from 'The Spy Who Loved Me' from 1977 followed. The version that served as a submarine changed hands for 550,000 pounds (618,000 euros); RM Auctions was again responsible. And in August 2019 the auction house, which is now affiliated with Sotheby's and is therefore called RM Sotheby's, put another James Bond DB5 up for auction.
All 13 gadgets are on board and work
The Aston Martin came in During the Monterey Car Week on August 15th under the hammer. The car was ordered by the production company for the 1965 James Bond adventure 'Fireball'. Not for the shooting, however, but for the promotion work before the film starts in America. This car with the chassis number DB5 /2008 /R was traveling on the US east coast and had all the gadgets that the Aston Martin presented in its first appearance in 'Goldfinger'. Only this time they were installed directly at Aston Martin and thus much more professionally than in the first work - the 'Goldfinger' DB5, which had the chassis number DP /216/1.
According to RM Sotheby's, the 13 extras that work in the film were installed in the sports car by the Quartermaster Q's team, even today. The best known are the rotating license plates, the bulletproof shield between the rear window and the trunk lid, the exhaust systems for smoke and greasy liquids of all kinds, the ejection seat on the passenger side and of course the Browning .30 caliber machine guns in the fenders. In addition, the tracking computer in the center console with which James Bond was able to track down his enemies and the MI6 James Bond and the phone that was never used in the film are installed in the driver's door. The gun case with pistol, knife and hand grenade is also included in the scope of delivery.
Complex restoration in Switzerland
The history of this 007-DB5 is perfectly documented. The first owner of both fireball cars was the James Bond production company EonProductions. In 1969, the British car collector Lord Bamford secured both Aston Martins. He immediately sold one (with the chassis number 2017 /R). 2008 /R remained in his possession for at least a year before moving to Tennessee at B.H.'s Smokey Mountain Car Museum. Atchley came. He kept the Bond Car for over 35 years before it was sold on the open market via RM Auctions. In the care of the last owner, it was extensively restored in Switzerland over four years; Incidentally, including all gadgets.
So in August there was the opportunity to purchase one of only three surviving Goldfinger /Fireball DB5s (the first car with chassis number DP /216/1 is missing). RM Sotheby's reckoned with a sum between four and six million dollars. In the end, the hammer fell with a bid of 6.385 million dollars - the equivalent of around 5.75 million euros.