James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 BMT216A

Aston Martin DB5 in movies and TV series

It’s no secret that Aston Martin DB5 is often called as the most famous spy car in the movies. And this is because it appears in many James Bond movies. And it was filmed in such iconic James Bond films of sixties as “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball”, make DB5 one of the most recognizable sports cars.

Although the DB5 is often credited as being the first car James Bond drives in the movies, it is in fact not. The first movie car drives by James Bond was a 1961 Sunbeam Alpine Series II used in the very first movie Dr. No. The DB5 is however unquestionably the most recognised cinematic James Bond car. It was also used by actor Roger Moore, as he played a James Bond parody character in the film The Cannonball Run. Moore plays Seymour Goldfarb, Jr., a man who believes himself to be both Roger Moore and James Bond, who participates in a madcap, cross-country road race. The registration number BMT 216A, and the original bond car in its original dark red paintjob also appear in “The Noble Sportsman”, a 1964 episode of “The Saint” TV series starring Roger Moore.

The 1983 reunion telefilm The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair includes a brief cameo by George Lazenby as “JB”, a white-tuxedoed British man shown driving an Aston Martin DB5, who assists Napoleon Solo during a car chase. “It’s just like On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” enthuses a female character at the conclusion of the cameo. This special came out in 1983, the same year as Octopussy and Never Say Never Again.

It appeared in animated form in James Bond Jr. in the very first episode “The Beginning”.

A version of the car appeared in Grand Theft Auto: London, being called a “James Bomb”.

Leonardo DiCaprio was seen driving one in Catch Me If You Can, imitating Bond (even down to the suit) in Goldfinger.

In 2003, it appears in the action comedy film Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, driven by Bernie Mac’s character, Jimmy Bosley. It is only seen once in which Bosley is driving a witness, Max Petroni (portrayed by Shia LaBeouf) to his mother’s house, to be safe from the O’Grady Crime Syndicate.

The 2004 French spy comedy film, called Double Zero (directed by Gerard Pires) also showed a DB5. It can be seen once in the film, when the two main characters go to meet the parody of Q.

In 2011, an Aston Martin DB5 appeared in heavily stylized form as “Finn McMissile”, a British secret agent voiced by Michael Caine in the 2011 Pixar film Cars 2. The car character was a homage to the Bond DB5 although has also been known to bear resemblance to the Volvo P1800, as used by the fictional British secret agent Simon Templar in The Saint.

In 2013, Grand Theft Auto V featured a car called the “JB 700” that heavily alluded to being a DB5, or was based on the DB5; specifically the one used by James Bond. Need for Speed: Most Wanted released a DLC that featured the car.

The music video for the Usher song Burn, features a DB5. The exact same car with the same registration number appears a number of times in the short lived TV series Fastlane.

By the way, except movies and TV series it appears in several video games such as 007 Racing, Driver San Francisco (Deluxe Edition), James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire, From Russia with Love, and James Bond 007: Blood Stone. The From Russia with Love movie was released in 1963, one year before Goldfinger (in which the DB5 used the first time), but the video game used the car.

Based on wikipedia.org