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

1963 Aston Martin DB5 [DP216/1] in Thunderball, Movie, 1965 IMDB

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: UK

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

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

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2008-09-03 00:18


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After its starring role in Goldfinger, James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 returns in Thunderball. It doesn't play quite as a big role this time but it is used in the pre-credits action sequence.

After Bond lands his jetpack ("No well-dressed man should be without one") he finds that the thugs are still after him...

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So he gets into the Aston and raises the bulletproof shield (seen in previously in Goldfinger)...

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And activates a new gadget, water cannons in the exhaust pipes spray powerful jets of water, mowing the bad guys down!

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It appears again in a later scene when Bond finds himself being pursued by a Ford Fairlane, but before he needs to use any more gadgets, a mysterious motorcyclist destroys the car with rockets.

The instrument panel built into the front armrest (looks slightly different to the way it looked in Goldfinger):

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MartinBond NL

2009-11-08 02:03



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dsl SX

2011-06-12 00:58


Same cars used as in Goldfinger /vehicle.php?id=1820 - details at http://www.astonmartins.com/db4_5_6_s/db5_007_goldfinger_thunderball.htm .


2011-07-12 00:53


Aston Martin also made a custom 2 door station wagon version of the DB5 For David Brown who was president of Aston Martin in the mid '60s, Hence the "DB" initials, He was a dog owner (don't know what kind he had, I think he had 2 male German Shepherds) and he used to take them on hunting trips with him, To see what this custom DB5 wagon looks like, Just go to: www.en.wikipedia.org and type in Aston Martin DB5 and there's a picture of it in the article, There's also a picture of the DB5 Volante convertible as well.

lobo NL

2012-12-09 11:49


The “James Bond Car Collection magazine” said for Thunderball they used only the “road car” for Goldfinger(DB5/1486/R, FMP 7B) but now with gadgets. Because the original gadget car(DP216/1, BMT 216A) was making a word tour and they didn’t want to interrupt the tour.

Maybe that explains the different instrument panel?

lobo NL

2013-09-15 11:41


The license plate BMT216A Aston is curiously hidden under black tape strips. In the book 'The most famous car in the world', Dave Worrall explains why: Before shooting, the track circuit Silverstone was disguised as a stretch of road with fake trees and false barriers. Due to atmospheric conditions and the position of the sun at the time of filming, it was essential that the cars drive on the right side of the runway, ie the wrong side of the British currency. To overcome this drawback, we decided to reverse the negative so that the car can be found on the right side of the roadway. To prevent registrations of cars appear reversed, we had removed the plate that covered the Ford and the Aston Martin of black tape. But someone realized that reversing the negative drivers would find themselves on the wrong side of the car! So the scene was finally mounted as it was turned, without reversing the negative.

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robi DE

2014-03-21 17:39


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dsl SX

2019-08-17 14:10


Some background info from Aug 2019 Sotheby’s Aston Martin auction in Monterey, California of [DB5/2008/R], one of 2 fully gadget-equipped DB5s bought by Eon Productions for publicity work for the launch of Thunderball (the other being [DB5/2017/R]). These were not used for filming. [DB5/2008/R] sold for $6.385m (£5.267m) - the most expensive ever piece of Bond memorabilia and the most expensive DB5.

".. Ken Adam and John Stears, respectively a production designer and a special effects man, visited Aston Martin at Newport-Pagnell in late 1963 to source two cars for Eon Productions’ adaptation of Goldfinger. They wanted two near-identical cars for various roles - one for stunt driving and chase sequences so needed to be lightweight and fast, the other for interior shots and close-ups and to be modified by Stears with an unprecedented amount of gadgetry. Despite expectating that Aston Martin would happily give them two cars for promotional benefits, David Brown insisted that the production company buy the cars outright. A compromise saw two cars loaned to Eon for filming and then returned to Aston Martin.

The first was the DB5 prototype with development project chassis number DP/216/1. The Snow Shadow Grey DB5 was equipped with front and rear hydraulic over-rider rams on the bumpers, a Browning 0.30-calibre machine gun in each front wing, wheel-hub-mounted tyre slashers, a retractable rear bulletproof screen, an in-dash radar-tracking scope, oil-slick, caltrops, smoke-screen dispensers, revolving license plates, and a passenger-seat ejection system. Although never used during the film, there was a telephone in the driver’s door and a hidden compartment under the driver’s seat with several weapons.

Goldfinger's success saw DB5 sales surge to fuel an unprecedented level of production. Eon realised the enormous appeal and potential marketing opportunities. In preparation for Thunderball’s release, they ordered two more DB5s, receiving chassis DB5/2008/R (the featured example) and DB5/2017/R. These were shipped to the US for media duties for Thunderball, one for the East Coast and the other to the West. Both received all Eon's Goldfinger modifications, but this time installed by Aston Martin and intended to be more durable than those on DP/216, whose gadgetry was comparatively primitive, as they were only designed to function for one take thanks to careful editing. This car’s gadgets, on the other hand, were built to function repeatedly on command.

Both cars were then largely mothballed as the two following Bond films had different cars in the hero roles. Eon's parent financier, the Swiss-based Danjac SA, quietly offered them for sale in 1969 and they were soon bought as a pair by British collector Anthony (now Lord) Bamford. He quickly sold 2017/R but kept 2008/R until 1970, and the British registration in his name remains on file. Aston Martin's build record lists Eon Productions as the original purchaser along with the designation as a “Bond Car.” Under Bamford’s ownership the saloon returned to the factory for service and received several freshening and mechanical measures as documented on the build record.

Bamford then sold DB5/2008/R to BH Atchley, owner of the Smokey Mountain Car Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where it became the museum’s centrepiece in a rather unusual display, encased in a large wire-mesh cage bolted to the floor ensuring it would never be touched or pawed by starstruck visitors, and remained in this pristine state for 35 years. RM Auctions offered this Bond DB5 for public sale in 2006. While some Bond contraptions were restored into functioning order, the car remained otherwise unrestored. Since then a no-expense-spared 4-year restoration was completed by Roos Engineering in Switzerland, one of 13 official Aston Martin Heritage Specialists. The chassis and body were completely refinished and all 13 Ken Adam–designed modifications were refurbished to function as originally built.

This is the third of just four Goldfinger-specification DB5 examples built and was built with all gadgetry from new; the first John Stears–modified car has been lost since 1997, narrowing the number of surviving examples to just three with one (chassis 1486/R) was originally unmodified, as it was used for driving sequences and only had gadgets added later.

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