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Ejector seat? You must be joking

The sale of a gadget laden James Bond-mobile

 

“I never joke about my work” stated Q when James Bond enquires about the ejector seat in his new Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger.

 

In October 2010, RM Auctions in association with Sotheby’s sold one of the four world famous 1964 Aston Martin DB5’s made for the film to an Ohio based property tycoon named Harry Yeaggy on behalf of Jerry Lee, a broadcaster and philanthropist. The car, which was used by Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Thunderball, achieved a price of £2,600,000 against an estimate of £3,500,000.

 

Richard Stewart Williams seek £3 million for this promotional James Bond 1964 Aston Martin DB5
Richard Stewart Williams seek £3 million for this promotional James Bond 1964 Aston Martin DB5

 

Now Cobham based Aston Martin heritage specialist Richard Stewart Williams is marketing another of the DB5 vehicles produced for the franchise’s Thunderball. This one, though only used for promotional purposes, features all the gadgets Bond required including revolving licence plates, hubcap blades, hidden guns, a bulletproof screen, radar and a smoke machine.

 

It features hidden guns ideal for seeing off anyone attacking from the front
It features hidden guns ideal for seeing off anyone attacking from the front
And a bullet proof screen that rises from the boot
And a bullet proof screen that rises from the boot
Advanced for its years, there is even a Sat Nav system and all manner of other special features
Advanced for its years, there is even a Sat Nav system and all manner of other special features
The design even incorporated a mobile telephone
The design even incorporated a mobile telephone
The vehicle was specially adapted by John Stears (1934 - 1999)
The vehicle was specially adapted by John Stears (1934 – 1999)

 

The adaptations to the vehicle, last sold in 2005 in Arizona for approximately £1,300,000, were orchestrated by the renowned special effects designer Michael John Stears (1934 – 1999). Better know as “The Real Q”, Stears also built flying cars for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Man with the Golden Gun and created mechanical effects for Star Wars. He won two Academy Awards for his work and his talent and vision plainly can be seen in this vehicle for which Richard Stewart Williams seek £3,000,000.

 

For more information contact Richard Williams of Richard Stewart Williams Limited on +44 (0) 1932 868377.

 

View further details on the car at: http://www.rswilliams.co.uk/aston-martin-sales/?carid=42

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