James Bond and Aston Martins go together like tea and crumpets, or Spectre and plots for global domination. Ever since the 1964 film Goldfinger, where Sean Connery got his first Aston Martin co-star, the DB5 has been cemented as Bond’s ultimate accessory.
The same gadget-filled DB5 used in Goldfinger, actually a DB5 prototype, returned the following year for Thunderball with new tricks up its sleeve. After appearances by a DBS and V-8 Vantage, a 1965 DB5 returned for its third Bond film, 1995’s Goldeneye starring Pierce Brosnan. That very same car, piloted by Brosnan in the film’s cat-and-mouse chase sequence with a Ferrari F355 (with Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp behind the wheel), will soon go up for bid at Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on July 19.
Goldeneye marked James Bond’s move to BMW and helped launch the Z3 roadster, but the DB5 played a memorable role. Although the car lacked the Q-installed gadgets like tire slashers, deployable oil slick, machine guns, or ejector seats, it was the chase sequence filmed in the hills outside Monaco that provided most of the tire-squealing action.
The car has been owned by the same collector since 2001, when its sale at $210,600 made it the most valuable piece of James Bond memorabilia to date. Bonhams estimates the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 will sell for between £1.2M-£1.6M, which is roughly $1.6M-$2.1M—not much higher than your typical DB5, which just has to get by on its impeccable, timeless styling and finely-tuned inline-six.