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1963 Aston Martin DB5 Pre-production [DP216/1]

1963 Aston Martin DB5 [DP216/1] in The Cannonball Run, Movie, 1981 IMDB

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: UK

1963 Aston Martin DB5 Pre-production [DP216/1]

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

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Rocker B. J.

2006-02-06 05:43

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1964.

4x4peru US

2006-12-11 21:14

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I read some years ago a stuntman was killed driving this car at high speed for this film. The car was in poor mechanical condition and a fatal accident resulted. Anyone know more?

gliffhanger NL

2006-12-25 17:29

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yeah thats true

bent8rover UK

2007-01-30 12:03

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4x4peru wrote I read some years ago a stuntman was killed

I thought it was that the stuntlady that broke her back during stunt, with a big lawsuit for negligence?

bent8rover UK

2007-01-30 12:05

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philr CA

2007-02-01 20:06

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bent8rover wrote (for PhilR :) )


:)

gliffhanger NL

2007-02-01 20:58

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bent8rover wrote
I thought it was that the stuntlady that broke her back during stunt, with a big lawsuit for negligence?


no it was a man...he crahs with a stand in car...he died...

bent8rover UK

2007-02-02 00:13

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gliffhanger wrote he died...

ok thanks. RIP. I think now I think back, the woman stunt driver lost her legs through amputation.

Skid US

2007-10-13 19:34

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I read Brock Yates' book "Cannonball" not long ago, and he talked a lot about the filming of this movie. He never said anything about a stunt person dying, but during the scene where the Aston fills with smoke and starts weaving through oncoming cars, the stunt driver in the oncoming vehicle (apparently not realizing that the driver of the Aston was driving blind) crashed head-on into it.

The stuntwoman playing "Bond's" passenger in the Aston Martin was critically injured, and ended up successfully suing director Hal Needham.

mister car from 971

2008-01-01 03:38

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Woaaaaaw!!! Cette Aston Martin est magnifique! Et elle est typique des 60's, d'autant + que c'était celle utilisée dans les 1ers James Bond avec Sean Connery!

jimshine US

2008-04-25 06:55

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It was a woman that was hurt, but she also wrote a book and she claimed she was hurt doing the police car spin out. I don't buy it as if you pay close attention, there was more than one Aston Martin used to film the movie. Pay close attention to the close up shots as the interior changes a little and the windshield wipers not only change model, by the direction they wipe. That leads me to believe that there was likely a right hand drive car used to fill in after the crash and they flipped the image to make it appear to be a left hand drive car.

BKelly95 US

2008-09-22 19:19

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Does anyone else find it odd that Seymour is played by Roger Moore, yet this car was used in a Bond film where Bond was played by Sean Connery?

troubadour UK

2008-12-31 02:06

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BKelly95 wrote Does anyone else find it odd that Seymour is played by Roger Moore, yet this car was used in a Bond film where Bond was played by Sean Connery?


Not really - I think the idea was that the Seymour character had delusions of being Bond by virtue of the car, and having Connery play the character would have spoilt the joke a little. Besides, I don't think Connery does jokes - with the possible exception of the Never Say Never Again film...

MartinBond NL

2009-07-16 16:18

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"Damdadadada dadadadadamm" ;)

"would you mind? Very civil"

I just love Roger Moore as Seymour Goldfarb - as Roger Moore in this movie!
The fact he has his own tune every time the DB5 is feautured in the movie says something about both his and the car...
is it a Bond-DB5 or a normal one fittet with some options for the movie? (EG the rotating licence plates?)

cudak888 US

2011-09-26 03:10

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jimshine wrote It was a woman that was hurt, but she also wrote a book and she claimed she was hurt doing the police car spin out. I don't buy it as if you pay close attention, there was more than one Aston Martin used to film the movie. Pay close attention to the close up shots as the interior changes a little and the windshield wipers not only change model, by the direction they wipe. That leads me to believe that there was likely a right hand drive car used to fill in after the crash and they flipped the image to make it appear to be a left hand drive car.


Not only did the car switch from being RHD to reverse-film LHD, but the LHD car has a different hood scoop - in short, the second car used to replace the damaged DB-5 is a DB-5 with the hood of a pre-Series-IV DB-4 (or a Series 5 DB4 Vantage with an earlier DB-4 hood).

According to most sources, DP/2161/1 - the Bond gadget vehicle - was used in the movie as the vehicle with the roof hatch and the (faux) interior gadgets. At least one source suggests it was DB5/1486/R. Could be that both cars made a re-appearance here, plus the third vehicle with with DB-4 hood.

-Kurt

-- Last edit: 2012-02-20 05:45:03

troubadour UK

2012-03-03 00:29

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According to IMDB trivia (not that it's trivial for the lady, obviously), the lady who was a stuntwoman, Heidi something-or-other, was left a paraplegic as a result of an accident involving the Aston Martin. The driver of the car, and the car itself, escaped major damage, which suggests she was elsewhere when the accident took place. However, it is recorded (in Roger Moore's memoirs) that one of the reasons he declined to appear in the second movie was because of the accident - another reason being that he thought the joke could only go so far.

As for the car itself, it was DP216/1 which appeared in the film, at least for some shots. The numberplate, 6633PP, proclaims it as such. Of course, it is highly likely that other cars were also used; common folklore has it that the extra car was needed for the James Bond film because with all the extra equipment the car became unwieldy and unsuitable for high-speed driving. But the gadgets used in Cannonball are not as they were in Bond, because after the film it was returned to normal (and the number changed from BMT 216A) and sold into private hands. The gadgets were only built to last the duration of the filming in any case. But once in private hands, the gadgets (or a facsimile of them) were restored to the car in a more durable form, and remained with the car at least until its last known location. In the later part of the 80s, the car was auctioned and sold for, I believe, $100,000; unfortunately, more recently it was stolen from an aircraft hangar in Florida where it was being stored, and is now missing...

cudak888 US

2012-03-06 02:03

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troubadour wrote As for the car itself, it was DP216/1 which appeared in the film, at least for some shots...


DP216/1 may have been used as the beauty-shot car, but how do you explain the LHD example with the earlier DB4 hood?

-Kurt

-- Last edit: 2012-03-06 02:03:14

george1998 US

2012-07-06 20:27

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It's identical to the one James Bond had.

cudak888 US

2012-09-03 23:53

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Haven't we already established beyond reasonable discussion that at least one of these cars is DP216/1, wearing the Gavin Keysar gadget clones?

The cobbled up DB4 GT (or DB5 with a DB4 hood?) is the oddity at this point.

-- Last edit: 2012-09-04 12:01:31

blk95ta US

2013-05-25 02:13

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Didn't know roger moore was asked to appear in CB2? i thought that after this movie came out there was some sort of rule that james bond actors couldn't portray james bond in other movies be it parody or whatever.

dsl SX

2013-05-25 02:57

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Roger Moore may have been a James Bond actor, but he never got close to portraying James Bond properly. So the rule did not apply for him .... [Image: smiley-scared004.gif] .

62imperial US

2013-08-09 00:20

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The crash of the Aston Martin (nearly head-on into a van) was captured on film and aired on TV; it doesn't seem to be on YouTube but I may have it on video - I'll check.

moviecarlover AU

2013-11-11 10:12

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I can see you what said. All of the 007 actors except Timothy Dalton drove this Classic Aston Martin. Pity If Roger Moore drove his Lotus instead he would had won't the race.

G-MANN UK

2013-11-11 13:28

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And George Lazenby (he drove the Aston DBS)

police car fan NL

2014-01-27 15:04

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-- Last edit: 2014-01-27 18:42:44 (walter)

62imperial US

2014-11-23 01:09

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More info on the stunt that went horribly wrong. The stuntwoman paralyzed in the accident was Heidi von Beltz:
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There don't seem to be any images of the accident online, but I found an old VHS tape I recorded 30-some years ago from KNBC Channel 4 in Los Angeles. Unfortunately the quality is rather poor but you can see what went wrong. The Aston Martin is on the far side of the road, and in the take they used, both the maroon 1979 Chevy station wagon and a red-and-white Ford Club Wagon pass it on the near side. In the take that resulted in the accident, the Aston passes the wagon OK:
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But for some reason the Club Wagon turns to the right, into the path of the Aston:
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Closer angle:
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The worst part? Unbelievably, the car they used in this scene had no seat belts... :mad:

-- Last edit: 2014-11-23 01:15:49

Carboy13 UK

2017-08-19 22:02

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Does it makes it in james bond

happy_toyz US

2018-05-06 03:03

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62imperial wrote More info on the stunt that went horribly wrong. The stuntwoman paralyzed in the accident was Heidi von Beltz:
[Image: cap924.1.jpg]
There don't seem to be any images of the accident online, but I found an old VHS tape I recorded 30-some years ago from KNBC Channel 4 in Los Angeles. Unfortunately the quality is rather poor but you can see what went wrong. The Aston Martin is on the far side of the road, and in the take they used, both the maroon 1979 Chevy station wagon and a red-and-white Ford Club Wagon pass it on the near side. In the take that resulted in the accident, the Aston passes the wagon OK:
[Image: cap926.2.jpg]
But for some reason the Club Wagon turns to the right, into the path of the Aston:
[Image: cap914.1.jpg] [Image: cap915.3.jpg] [Image: cap916.1.jpg]
Closer angle:
[Image: cap917.1.jpg] [Image: cap918.1.jpg] [Image: cap919.1.jpg] [Image: cap920.2.jpg] [Image: cap921.jpg] [Image: cap923.jpg]
The worst part? Unbelievably, the car they used in this scene had no seat belts... :mad:

can you please release the footage onto to youtube, dont care about the quality. thanks

ALMF-3512 CN

2018-12-23 16:34

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1963 for DP216/1

matt35 WL

2020-05-05 12:13

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When I look side on at the DB5 that crashes it looks kind of short wheel base. I'm wandering if it's a DB4 gt

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