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1963 Aston Martin DB5 [DP216/1]

1963 Aston Martin DB5 [DP216/1] in The Saint, TV Series, 1962-1969 IMDB Ep. 2.17

Class: Cars, Proto / Concept — Model origin: UK

1963 Aston Martin DB5 [DP216/1]

[*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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stronghold EN

2009-04-11 09:19

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stronghold EN

2009-04-11 09:22

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A different one seen parked up at the end of this episode
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Mister Bond paying a visit? :)

medimanic GR

2009-04-11 09:27

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The number plate reminds something to me also.. I can't believe this Aston left the Saint's set to join immediately after the Goldfinger's one!! :lol:

Gag Halfrunt UK

2009-04-11 11:49

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troubadour wrote As an Aston Martin afficionado, I know rather more about these things than I perhaps should.

The main car from the film was actually registered BMT 216A, and it was the prototype DB5 - which was actually developed from the DB4 Series V. There is documentary evidence of the car in its pre-James Bond role, where it served as a test vehicle - it was actually road tested by, I think, Motor magazine.

As for the DB5 proper, that was actually in production from October 1963, which was a full year before the film was released. The BMT registration mark was, I believe, local to Feltham, where the Aston Martin factory was at the time. They had yet to move to Newport Pagnell. The reason why the number no longer appears at the DVLA is because shortly after the film, the car was sold and its new owner re-registered the car 6633 PP - the registration I believe the car still bore when it was stolen from its aircraft-hangar home in Miami, Florida in, if my memory serves, 1996. It has not been seen since.

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stronghold EN

2009-04-15 10:38

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I had a quick check on this and found Goldfinger had a release date of 9th January 1965
Surprised to find, this episode of the Saint was first broadcast on the 9th January 1964.! :)

Moviecarlover AU

2010-01-24 09:52

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The Aston Martin DB5 is darker color. James Bonds was silver with that number plate. Although we can see it isn't the same car what Bond drove in Goldfinger & Thunderball. We can see it had gadgets. Roger Moore & George Lazenby drove that 007 car in, Moore in Cannoball Run & Lazenby in The Return of the Man From UNCLE.

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Luc BE

2010-12-04 18:19

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Can someone explain me how I can add pictures ? Thanks

Luc BE

2010-12-04 18:26

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Some additional information about the first screen appearance of BMT 216A in ‘The Saint’ (The Noble Sportsman) :

BMT 216A is the first Aston Martin DB5 ever built, Development Project DP/216/1 registered on 1st May 1963. Dubonnet Red paintwork and slick grey interior. Equipped with Marchal fog units and side-mounted turn indicators.

Pictured on Aston’s 1964 sales brochures. Tested by the magazine Autocar (issue 13 September 1963). First screen appearance in ‘The Saint’ before conversion for ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball’. (The car was loaned by Aston Martin to Pinewood Studios). Also pictured on the leaflet edited by Aston Martin ‘Specification of the James Bond Aston Martin’ . See pictures attached.

So BMT 216A in ‘The Saint’ and the gadget car in ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball’ is really the same car before and after conversion.

chicomarx BE

2010-12-04 19:43

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Luc wrote Can someone explain me how I can add pictures ? Thanks

Upload your pictures to http://photobucket.com/ or similar site, and post the thumbnail links here. ;)

dsl SX

2010-12-04 19:59

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BMT xxxA series was fully issued by Middlesex from April to October 1963.

lobo NL

2013-04-09 17:43

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The orginal colour was Dubonnet Red. Aston Martin used this car in this coulor for magazines ect. in 1963/64. After the 007-crew had given the car al the gadgets They painted it Silver Birch

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opal TH

2019-04-28 12:22

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This one however consider as "Proto / Concept"

mhurley UK

2020-08-14 09:56

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Contrary to popular belief the Bond car was resprayed in Snow shadow Grey not Silver Birch. Also the leather was Grey not Black

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