The James Bond effect on products cannot be understated. From cars to watches, bikes to boats… anything even remotely related to the iconic spy franchise instantly has some added allure. In recent years, the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, Omega, Tom Ford, and Triumph have all benefited from a little “cool by association,” and in some cases, have even leveraged some limited edition collabs for the die-hards out there.
While limited editions are excellent for some, purchasing an actual piece of James Bond memorabilia is another level entirely. From September 28th at 7:00 pm BST, Christie’s is hosting a two-part 007 auction which will include over 60 pieces of James Bond memorabilia.
Before you ask, no. The Toyota Prado from No Time To Die hasn’t been included, although the vehicle lineup more than makes up for it. Part One of the auction features Range Rover Sports, Pre-production Land Rover Defenders, Daniel Craigs Triumph Scrambler, and even Q’s Jet Boat from The World Is Not Enough. But the creme de le creme of vehicles here is, without a doubt, the Aston Martin DB5 stunt car.
Engineered by Aston Martin Special Projects, it is the only DB5 stunt car to be made available for public sale by Aston Martin and is expected to fetch around £2 million (AU$3.45 million). The car features carbon fibre panels, Tillett stunt seats, as well as a bespoke suspension and braking system. In total, there have been eight DB5 stunt cars that were modified in different ways. This particular car, however, is one of a few to include the No Time To Die gadgets and “cinematic” side panel damage.
Check out Christie’s James Bond Auction listings below.