GoldenEye, 1995
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GoldenEye, 1995

GoldenEye, 1995
1965 Aston Martin DB5
UK Registration No. FBH 281C
Chassis no. DB5/1885/R
Silver with black leather interior

Engine: Six cylinders, twin overhead camshafts 3,995cc, 282 bhp; Gearbox: five speed manual with synchromesh; Suspension: independent front by double wishbone and coil spring, live rear axle with parallel radius arms and Watts linkage; Brake: four wheel servo-assisted disc. Right hand drive

One of the two Aston Martin DB5s used in the chase sequence on the Grand Corniche above Monte Carlo between James Bond [Pierce Brosnan] in the Aston Martin DB5 and the latest Ferrari 335 driven by villainess, Xenia Onatopp [Famke Janssen], in the 1995 United Artists/Eon film GoldenEye

To facilitate the filming of the GoldenEye sequences, Aston Martin Lagonda on behalf of Eon productions, instructed Stratton Motor Company to purchase two DB5s which would be used in this chase. With a hectic filming schedule it was also agreed that a third car would be borrowed for some static filming in Monaco. Stratton prepared all three cars so that they were indentical, in as much as their wing mirrors, indicators, instrumentation and radios were all in the same positions so as to avoid any discrepancies on in-car shots. The two race sequence cars also needed to be prepared for a number of high speed stunts.

The stunt driving was co-ordinated by Rémy Julienne who had worked on previous Bond films including A View To A Kill, and on this occasion his task was to make the two very different sportscars, Aston Martin and Ferrari, perform equally on screen, and, as evidenced, this is accomplished very effectively.

After the filming both cars were used by Eon for promoting GoldenEye and also used by Aston Martin for the unveiling of the retro-styled new DB7, a fitting display of the association of Bond with this marque, which coincided with the release of the film.

DB5/1885/R, one of the two racing sequence cars, was extensively restored by Stratton both prior to and after filming. Post film work included removing the bodywork from the chassis and complete refurbishment with a new front nose section, a new tail section and replacement of the door skins. The car was also totally repainted to the current livery. Stratton also report that a considerable amount of mechanical work was undertaken during their custody of the car. This particular car, was also taken to Detroit and Los Angeles Motor Shows where it was driven onto the stand by legendary 1950s' driver Stirling Moss. The car was sold to the present owner in 1996.
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Lot Essay

Of all the vehicles which James Bond drives, and all the gadgets he uses in the twenty official Bond films made since 1962, it is the Aston Martin DB5 which in particular has become synonymous with the glamour, adventure, style and excitement of the 007 films. It was a skillful and effective ploy on Eon's part, to reintroduce the Aston Martin DB5 in GoldenEye, in 1995, in the first Bond film to appear after a gap of six years, and one which heralded the appearance of a new Bond -- Pierce Brosnan. The decision to supply the new Bond with the renowned quintessential British Sports Car was greeted favourably by the press, The Sunday Times observed At last!.... A Bond film as it should be nowadays: a period drama

Although the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 used in GoldenEye has fewer and less dramatic gadgets than those cars used fourteen years earlier in Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965), it is an affectionate tribute to the much-loved 1960s Bond films, and cleverly links Brosnan, the new Bond, with Connery, the first Bond. The car number too in the film is almost identical, the BMT 216A of the '60s films is changed to BMT 214A in 1995.

The chase sequence where Bond's Aston Martin is pitched against the latest Ferrari 355 is one of the most exciting and humorous episodes in the film. James Bond [Pierce Brosnan] is seen driving down the Grand Corniche, towards Monaco accompanied by M16 colleague, Caroline [Serena Gordon], who'd been sent into the field by M to evaluate 007's performance in the South of France. During the drive, Bond is challenged into a chase by the glamorous female driver of a Ferrari [villainess - Xenia Onatopp played by Famke Janssen]. During the wild pursuit which ensues, Bond clearly enjoys using his Aston Martin DB5 to outmanoeuvre the Ferrari, causing it to go into a tailspin at one point. The nail-biting chase involving encounters with a tractor towing a load of hay and a group of cyclists, ends when Bond responds to Caroline's orders to stop the car - literally - grinding to an instant halt by the side of the road. Bond characteristically proceeds to win his alarmed colleague over, by producing a bottle of champagne from a custom-made drinks compartment (included in this lot) and inviting her to toast to a "very thorough" evaluation.

The other GoldenEye race Aston Martin DB5 is owned by Eon Productions. The static 'casino sequence' Aston is owned by The Cars of the Stars Motor Museum in Keswick, Cumbria, making this Brosnan/GoldenEye DB5 the only one available on the open market.

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