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It was back in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger that the iconic Aston Martin DB5 first made its big-screen debut.

The car would go on to appear in six more James Bond films over the course of the years (Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall, and Spectre). Bond fans will also be happy to know that the most recent movie in the franchise, No Time to Die, will also feature the legendary movie car.

While we’ve seen several different actors behind the wheel of a number of James Bond cars, there’s something about Sean Connery being introduced to that famous car in Goldfinger that makes for an epic silver-screen moment.

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A Tribute to the James Bond Aston Martin DB5

Since the Aston Martin DB5 first made its mark on Ian Fleming’s James Bond universe, the British luxury car has gone down as one of the most famous cars in movie history. There’s even a Lego set inspired by the ultimate Bond-mobile.

To get an idea of how souped-up the original DB5 really was, just check out some of the specs on this thing:

  • An all-aluminum 4.0 L straight-6 engine
  • 282 horsepower at 5500 rpm
  • A top-speed capacity of 145 MPH
  • 390 N·m of torque at 3850rpm

Pretty sweet, right? And that’s not even taking into account all of the extra spy gadgets. Bond’s DB5 also came with two front-firing Browning .30 caliber machine guns, smoke screen, a tire-shredding blade, a passenger ejector seat, a radar scanner and tracking screen, oil slick, rear water cannons, and revolving license plates. Oh, and of course, Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 was bulletproof, with a front and rear screen bullet shield. You can’t be a secret agent going on dangerous missions without a bulletproof ride.

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Now, excuse me while I binge watch all of the James Bond movies right now. Yes, even the Daniel Craig ones with the over-the-top special effects. Speaking of the newer movies, I’m sure No Time to Die will feature at least a few sweet DB5-related stunts, and I can’t wait to see them on the big screen.

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This post was originally published on July 16, 2019.

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