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.