Aston Martin DB5
Aston Martin DB5 driven by James Bond
Owned by MI6
Featured In Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965)
This is the classic James Bond car. Bond's Aston Martin DB5 marks the first of many times Q-Branch modifies high-performance cars to add deadly gadgetry. Whilst Q is giving the briefing telling him how to use all the gadgets, Bond gets impatient. His attention is soon peaked however when Q tells him about the ejector seat.
Bond starts to the use the Aston Martin DB5's gadgetry when he tracks Auric Goldfinger to his Austrian factory. After planting the large homing device in the back of Goldfinger's 1937 Rolls Royce III, he follows his target through Switzerland by following the display hidden behind a vent in the dashboard. Bond later disables Tilly Masterson's car by using the Aston Martins tyre slasher hidden in the nearside rear wheel hub.
Bond uses the majority of the Aston Martins gadgetry during the car chase from Goldfinger's factory. Armed with front and rear bulletproof windows, Bond and Tilly avoid getting shot by Goldfinge's pursuing henchmen. Bond proceeds to use his armchair control panel to activate an oil slick from the rear light cluster. After still being pursued by Goldfinger's henchmen, Bond uses a smoke screen emitted from the rear to confuse the pursuers. When he runs out of road his presses a button for the rear bulletproof shield to lift into place.
With Bond now held captive, he drives back to the factory. Most famously, Bond manages to dispose of his captor by pressing a red button hidden underneath the gear stick lever, this engages and fires the passenger-side ejector seat! During the car chase that follows, he also uses the DB5's hidden .30 calibre machine guns hidden behind the indicator lights.
Although not used by Bond, the Aston Martin featured revolving number plates valid for England, France and Switzerland, hydraulic over-riders and a hidden weapons tray underneath the driver. Bond's Aston Martin DB5 is also fitted out with rear water cannons in Thunderball. He uses these effectively to severely douse pursuers emerging from Jacques Boitier's mansion in the pre-credit sequence of Thunderball. §