Posted at 6:04 PM on January 11, 2006
by Euan Kerr
A brief mention on the radio that the Aston Martin DB 5 used by James Bond in "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" is up for auction gave me pause this morning.
I have never been a motorhead, but that car is still the epitome of cool for me. It has machine guns in the front grille, and a spout for spraying oil out the back to send pursuing baddies skidding off the road. There is a bullet-proof screen for the back window, and tire-slashers hidden in the wheels. And best of all is the ejector seat which can neatly dispose of any villain who somehow got inside the Aston with you.
I can only have been about four years old when my Dad presented me with a die-cast model of the car. It was meant for my birthday, but I'd been sick, and he decided to let me have it early to cheer me up. I honestly cannot remember many times in my life when I was more excited. The guns clicked out, the screen popped up, and the ejector seat could send the little pistol-wielding plastic guy half way across the room if you set it up right. Life just could not get any better.
So now we can buy the real thing. The auctioneers expect to get between $1.5 and $2.2 million for the car, which was one of three special 007 models built. I won't be bidding, but I'm now wondering where my own Aston Martin ended up.