Aston Martins Used in Bond Films at Auction
A one-owner 1962 'barn find' Aston Martin DB4 used as a 'test mule' by James Bond special effects designers is going up for auction at Bonhams' Aston Martin car sale at the Aston Martin Works Service in Newport Pagnell, UK on May 22. The DB4 was built for press tycoon Max Aitken (1st Baron Beaverbrook) and was later purchased a special effects designer at Pinewood Studios where many Bond films were made. During filming on Goldfinger, the test car was fitted for the various gadgets – ejector seat, machine guns, etc – that would feature on the silver DB5 driven by Sean Connery as Bond in the film. In 1974 the car was consigned to a garage where it has remained ever since; It's estimated to fetch £40,000–£50,000. Also on offer is a 1976 Aston Martin V8 Coupé used during the filming of the 007 epic The Living Daylights and driven by Timothy Dalton, estimated at £40,000–£60,000.