Yet another Bond car is up for auction. Bonhams will offer the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 driven by James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) in the 1995 Bond film “GoldenEye” on July 13 at its Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale at the estimate of £1,200,000 - £1,600,000.
The DB5 has become synonymous with James Bond, and this example featured in the famous opening chase scene of “GoldenEye” where Bond dices with arch villainess Xenia Onatopp in her Ferrari F355 GTS through the hills above Monaco. The car came in the market last in 2001 and became the most valuable piece of Bond memorabilia ever sold. It has been on display at both The National Motor Museum and the “Bond in Motion” exhibition at Covent Garden.
The car was one of three cars used in the “GoldenEye.” One was used for close-up shots, and the other two were stunt cars used for chasing the Ferrari 355. Both the stunt cars were bought in relatively poor condition and restored by renowned UK specialist Stratton Motor Company.
The Aston Martin set up for Bonhams sale is one of the stunt cars, chassis DB5/1885/R. Post production, the car was used in the film promotion and later Aston Martin used the car to publicize the DB7, appearing at the Detroit and Los Angeles motor shows, driven onto the stands by Sir Stirling Moss.
Sholto Gilbertson, Bonhams Motor Cars Department Director, commented: “The DB5 is one of the most recognizable and desirable British classic cars in the world — it is also the ultimate Bond car. Every fan remembers Pierce Brosnan tearing through the hills in this car, and it must be up there as one of the most thrilling Bond car chases in history. This Aston Martin is something very special indeed.”
The car will be on display at Bonhams Aston Martin Sale on June 2 at Englefield House, Reading, and sold at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on July 13.
Founder: Louise Blouin