• 50 Years of James Bond: The Au auction at Christies

    Sale 4314

    50 Years of James Bond: The Auction

    5 October 2012, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 50

    Quantum of Solace

    Price Realised  


    Quantum of Solace
    - A 2008 Aston Martin 6 Litre V12 DBS 2-Door Coupe used by Daniel
    Craig as James Bond in Quantum of Solace

    Registration: KX08VLE
    Chassis No. SCFAB05D99GE00044
    Engine no. AM08/21544
    Quantum Silver with black interior

    Engine: All-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve, 5935 cc, V12, front mid-mounted with rear-wheel drive. Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves, compression ratio 10.9.1. Gear box: Rear mid-mounted, with six-speed manual gear box, alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft. Suspension; front, independent wishbone incorporating anti-drive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers. Rear, independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers. Brakes; ventilated carbon ceramic discs, front 398mm with six-piston calipers, rear, 360mm with four-piston calipers. DSC, ABS, EBD EBA and traction control. Left hand drive; accompanied by the registration certificate.

    James Bond drives an Aston Martin DBS, the successor of the Vanquish, in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. The original DBS was first produced from 1967-1972 and featured in On Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1969. Aston Martins have long been a favourite with Bond and first appeared in Goldfinger in 1964. Over the years they have featured in a total of nine Bond films. This DBS is one of seven used in the film. Two of the cars, one with continuity damage, are currently on display at Bond in Motion, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu until December 2012.
    Quantum of Solace

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    The Aston Martin DBS plays a dramatic role in the opening sequence of the film in which Bond navigates the winding lakeside roads from Lake Garda to Siena, Italy, with Mr. White in the boot of the car, pursued by hostile gunmen in Alfa Romeo 159s. A high speed car chase ensues, with Bond skilfully losing each car one by one until the final Alfa shoots off a mountain road, and Bond pulls calmly into Siena, the car all but destroyed.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the car is left hand drive, not right hand drive as stated in the catalogue. Potential buyers are reminded that the vehicle is sold as a collector's item and if they wish to use it as a means of transport, they will be responsible for all tests, repairs and other legally required formalities that are necessary to use it as a roadworthy vehicle.

    Post Lot Text

    This vehicle is not sold as a means of transport and no promise is made that the vehicle is of satisfactory quality, fit for purpose or roadworthy. If the successful buyer subsequently decides to use the vehicle as a means of transport, he/she is responsible for all tests and repairs and any other legally required formalities that are necessary to convert this vehicle from a collector's item to a roadworthy vehicle.

    Interested buyers are advised to contact Christie's staff to obtain the Condition Report for this lot. While any description of the vehicle or its condition is given honestly and with appropriate care, Christie's staff are not vehicle specialists and it is the responsibility of the buyer to carry out such inspection as the buyer thinks necessary before bidding.

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    Christie's would like to thank Stoke Park Country Club, Spa & Hotel for kindly allowing us to use their grounds as the backdrop for the photography of this lot.

    All proceeds from the sale of this lot will be donated to Barnardo's.