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007: Licensed to Drive

A 50th anniversary tribute to the cars of Bond, James Bond.

by on Nov.09, 2012

Daniel Craig returns to 007's roots -- his ancestral home in Scotland and an Aston Martin DB5.

As that well known “secret” agent James Bond gets ready to celebrate his 50th anniversary on the silver screen with today’s nationwide opening of “Skyfall,” a look back reveals that some things never change.  When 007 is on the prowl you know there will be worthy villains, trick gadgets, plenty of babes, booze and, of course, an assortment of hot cars.

Actually, over the last century, Bond, James Bond, has found himself behind the wheel of a fire engine, a moon buggy, a Russian tank and has even taken the stick of a Bede BD-5 microjet. But it’s the cars that catch our eye, including some of the most lavish and exotic you can imagine, like a Lotus Esprit and a Rolls-Royce Phantom.

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He’s also been stuck in less luxurious rides over the decades. In fact, the very first car we saw 007 drive in a movie was a Chevrolet Bel Air convertible – in the venerable franchise’s original film, “Dr. No.” He’s had to settle for a Ford Galaxie 500 and even an AMC Hornet X – which performed a notorious bridge jump in 1974’s “The Man with the Golden Gun.”


Coming Friday: A Bond Car Retrospective

by on Nov.08, 2012

The latest installment in the 007 series is set to debut Friday — the release of “Skyfall” marking the 50th anniversary of super sleuth James Bond’s debut in “Dr. No.” While the films have grown more lavish and costly, their basic formula remains: beautiful women, dastardly villains, incredible gadgets, heavy weaponry — and great cars. Don’t miss’s special retrospective on the cars of Bond, James Bond.

Bond, James Bond, DB5 Goes For $4.6 Million

Street legal coupe carries some useful tools for those with serious road rage.

by on Oct.28, 2010

The original James Bond Aston Martin DB5 commands $4.6 million at auction. It originally sold for $12,000.

We’re not sure if Harry Yeaggy has a serious case of road rage or just a fixation with films.  He definitely does have plenty of money to spare…as he proved by snapping up the original 007 DB5, the Aston Martin coupe used by Bond, James Bond, in the long-running movie series’ first two films, Goldfinger and Thunderball.

Yeaggy, an Ohio car collector reportedly got a bargain, winning the bidding at an RM Auctions event, in London, for 2.9 million pounds, or $4.6 million, including fees.  Some estimates predicted the tricked-out Aston would go for anywhere from 3.5 million to as much as 10 million pounds sterling.

Then again, it was all profit for the previous owner, Philadelphia radio broadcaster Jerry Lee, who snapped the modified Aston Martin DB5 for just $12,000, in 1969, after MGM, the Bond series studio, finished using the car for a promotional tour.

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There have been a number of different automotive brands associated with James Bond, both in book and film form, over the years, notably including BMW, which briefly bought the franchise’s tie-in rights, in part to help launch the then-new Z3 roadster, with the film, GoldenEye.  Even American Motors got a moment in the spotlight, when Agent 007 stole a Hornet from a dealership in Bangkok and made a getaway crashing through the showroom window.