Since 1962, the James Bond franchise has been a profitable example of always outrageous, sometimes campy spy movies that have survived changes in audience tastes, political trends and superhero domination of the box office.
They have, over the years, earned billions for their producers and made stars of a series of hunky actors who’ve donned the title role. That list includes Sean Connery, whose Scottish accent was so thick the director couldn’t let him utter more than a line or two at a time for fear no one would understand a word he said, all the way to today’s Bond, Daniel Craig.
Almost as famous as the Bond character are the ingenious toys he uses to fend off villains – remember the tire disabling mechanism that popped out from his vehicle’s hub caps? — and the car he drove, an Aston Martin DB5. An exact copy of the car used in 1965 on the film set of Thunderball, taken to promotion and publicity appearances, just sold at a classic car auction in Monterey, CA, for a jaw-dropping $6.4 million (USD). The buyer’s name (or the seller’s for that matter) has not been released, but it’s clear that whoever purchased it is an avid Bond fan with money to burn.
The auction was filled with excitement as six auto enthusiasts engaged in a four and a half minute bidding war to own the DB5, which long ago had been dubbed the “most famous car in the world.” In the end, the astronomical amount of $6.4M exceeded all expectations and broke the auction record for an Aston Martin sales price.
The auction house responsible for the sale, RM Sotheby’s, had a “star” lot of classic cars on the block in mid-August, of which the DB5 was part. The lot was expected to fetch more than $380 million (USD) for the 100 cars in it. The Aston Martin, although not the most valuable in monetary context, was certainly the most famous.
Auctioneer Barney Ruprecht told The Guardian after the sale that he was delighted by the amount paid for it.