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) and would see several different James Bonds behind the wheel of a number of James Bond cars, but there’s something about Sean Connery whipping that famous car around in Goldfinger that makes for an epic silver screen moment unlike any other.
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 classic cars in movie history. As a matter of fact, in August 2018, the DB5 was selected as the greatest movie car of all-time in a survey conducted by Hyundai of 2,000 U.K. citizens.
Of the 40 greatest movie cars included in the poll, other selections included the customized Paragon Panther from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (which was also written by Ian Fleming), the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future, the Ford Mustang GT Fastback from Bullitt, and the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit.
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, a front and rear screen bullet shield, a tire shredding blade, a passenger ejector seat, a radar scanner and tracking screen, oil slick, rear water cannons, and revolving license plates.
You can’t really get much more souped-up than that. Now, excuse me while I binge watch all of the James Bond movies right now. Yes, even the Daniel Craig ones with the ridiculous special effects.