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James Bond Model - Click for full-size imageAston-Martin DB-5 - Customized gadget-ladden sports car first issued to British Secret Service agent James Bond (007), in the espionage thrillers Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). The car featured revolving license plates numbers, bulletproof front-and-rear wind screen, dashboard equipped with a radarscope, homing devices (magnetically attached), armrest with left and right front-wing machine guns (acetylene gas was sparked to created the look of gunfire), smoke screen, oil slick, electronic tire shredders (a la the chariot race in the 1959 film Ben Hur), and a passenger ejection seat activated by a red button hidden atop the gear shift. License plate reads: BMT 216A. All of the car's gadgets were created by weapons officer Major Boothroyd, a.k.a. "Q" (Desmond Llewlyn) who worked for British Secret Service.

In the Bond sequel film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), James Bond (George Lazenby) drove a 1968 Aston Martin in the opening scene as he raced onto a beach to save the life of a distraught Tracy Draco (Diana Rigg) who was bent on killing herself in the surf. At the conclusion of the film, Tracy, now Bond's wife, is killed by machine gun fire as a passing car occupied by James Bond's nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas) strafes the Aston-Martin.

Bond Car's rear window bulletproof shield
The Aston Martin's rear bulletproof shield in action

A few years later, James Bond (Timothy Dalton) in The Living Daylights (1986) is given a new 1986 Aston Martin equipped with retractable skids for gliding on snow, axle-mounted laser beams, windshield targeting display and rocket launchers. Pierce Brosnan as the latest James Bond drove an Aston Martin (License No. BMT 214A) in the spy thriller Goldeneye (1995). He was later upgraded to a customized BMW 750 sedan. in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).

The new car included "all the usual refinements" like a machine gun, rockets, GPS tracking system, as well as a female computer voice with German accent, a fingerprint scanner, a 20,000 volt security system, and a miniature computer remote control for the car (tap twice to start; draw your finger across the pad to steer and drive the car).

TRIVIA NOTE: James Bond's original Aston Martin now resides in The Smoky Mountain Car Museum located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. See also - SUBMARINES > - "Lotus Esprit Submarine Car"

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