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1965 Aston Martin DB5 : Classic Cars

Like Sean Connery, the weaponized Aston Martin DB5 of "Goldfinger" fame is as handsome as ever. Each can still draw a crowd 42 years after the Great Scott first drove the world's coolest spy car in the third installment of the seemingly immortal James Bond movie series. The difference is that Sean Connery has all his original parts (as far as we know). And Connery hasn't disappeared to be replaced by his stunt double (as far as we know) -- or worse, replaced by his lifesize-cardboard likeness, known in the lifesize-cardboard-likeness industry as a standee.

Replaced, however, just about describes what's happened to the original "Goldfinger" DB5 over the last four decades. You may have heard the car was stolen a few years ago and never recovered. True. If you're wondering, then, what it was RM Auctions sold recently for $2.1 million, keep reading.

In movies, as in life, things are seldom exactly as they appear. Single movie scenes often are assembled in many different shots. Thus, no fewer than four Bond DB5s were created: two for use in filming (loosely dubbed the "star" and "stunt" cars), and, later, two more for promotional work, which never appeared on screen.

Pre-Goldfingering, the original contraption-covered star car (see sidebar) began life in 1962 as a fifth-series DB4. Aston Martin reengineered it as the DB5 prototype and used it as a test mule. After much cajoling, Aston Martin agreed to lend this one-of-a-kind machine to EON Productions to be modified for "Goldfinger," because the movie company couldn't afford the #4500 to buy one. This now-DB5 was delivered to Pinewood Studios in England in January 1964, where special-effects master John Stears went to work. After Stears's crew added 300 pounds of defensive and offensive weaponry, quadrupling the car's sticker price and halving its agility, the director decided it needed a stand-in for the fast-driving scenes. Enter another loaner, the stunt car, a production DB5 with none of Q's "minor modifications" that made the star car so memorable.

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