In that scene, Bond – played by Pierce Brosnan in his first appearance in the role – chases a Ferrari 355 driven by the villain, Xenia Onatopp, through the winding roads in the mountains above Monaco. It was first time that an Aston Martin DB5 had appeared in a Bond film since the legendary Sean Connery films of the 1960’s.
The silver Aston Martin, chassis number DB5/1885/R, will be among a selection of stunning lots at the Goodwood sale, including a famous racing 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato – registration ‘2 VEV’ and known the world over – and a highly collectible 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B, which has a guide price of a cool £4.5million.
The Bond car was subsequently used by the production company as a promotional vehicle for the Goldeneye film, and by Aston Martin to help promote the then-new DB7, which took many of its styling cues from the DB5. In 2001, this very car sold to a collector – Max Reid – at auction for £157,000, which made it the most expensive item of Bond memorabilia ever sold.
That record will easily be eclipsed at the Goodwood sale, as the Aston has a guide price of £1.2m to £1.6million, and is attracting collectors interested in both classic Aston Martins, as well as those with a passion for all things James Bond.
We will keep you up to date with the results of the sale at a later date.