That person just got the keys for the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 for $6.4 million at a classic car auction in Monterey, California. The price includes a buyer’s fee payed to the auction house, RM Auctions. The identity of the buyer was not revealed.
It probably isn’t a good idea for the new owner to actually use any of those gadgets on public roads, but they all work. And the car is entirely street legal.
This car was originally created to promote the movie Thunderball, but didn’t actually appear in the film. It has an actual nail spreader and oil slick maker that drop real nails and oil behind the car. There’s also a real smoking “smoke screen” and a “bulletproof” screen that comes up behind the back window. It’s even decorated with faux bullet damage.
There are also rotating license plates on the back and front of the car. They are controlled by a knob inside labeled “B-S-F” for British, Swiss and French plates. The guns that poke out from behind the front turn signals don’t fire real bullets, but they do make a very realistic “bang!” using oxygen and acetylene.
An actual film-used Bond DB5 sold for $4.6 million in 2010, but that one was used for driving shots in Goldfinger and only had the gadgets installed later on. In making the films, the car that was shown on the road didn’t actually have the clever gadgets. Another car — and even separate mocked up “parts” of cars — were used for close-up shots of the gadgets.
Another Aston Martin DB5 used in the Bond movies was reported stolen in 1997 and is widely believed to have been destroyed.