The James Bond franchise is undoubtedly one of the most iconic of our time. What started out as a series of novels, quickly spread to radio, television, video games and film.
Today, James Bond films are considered the longest-running film series and highest-grossing franchises of our time. Since its first film release in 1962 featuring actor, Sean Connery as Bond, audiences across the globe have been fascinated by the tales of espionage, sex appeal, guns, and gadgets. It’s no surprise that the Aston Martin DB5 designed for the 1965 film, Thunderball, sold to an anonymous bidder for a whopping $6.4 million.
The car itself was never used in the Thunderball film, only for the promotional material. It is, however, a fully functioning, street-legal vehicle in spite of its special details designed for the movie. It features a working smoke screen and bulletproof screen, complete with faux bullet marks, rotating license plates and non-functioning guns that poke out from the front turn signals making it a collector’s dream.
This sale marks the highest amount a former “Bond” car or Aston Martin DB5 model has ever sold for. A different DB5 was sold for $4.6 million in 2010; however, the vehicle didn’t include all the extra gadgets as it was only used for driving shots in the ”Goldfinger” film.