James Bond's DB5 Gadgets

Gadgets installed on the Aston Martin DB5 for filming “Goldfinger» increased the car weight by 140 kg

Before “Goldfinger», gadgets as such is not used in cars that participated in the filming of a James Bond movies. Aston Martin DB5 from “Goldfinger» was the first car stuffed with spy gadgets in films of James Bond series.

In the script the car in Goldfinger was armed only with a smoke screen, but every crew member began suggesting gadgets to install in it. There were revolving license plate because he had been getting lots of parking tickets, while his stepson suggested the ejector seat, wheel-destroying spikes and the others spy gadgets.

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Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger

One of Astons that was involved in the filming “Goldfinger» and «Thunderball» in fact was the first DB5’s prototype

It is known that only two Aston Martin DB5 were involved in filming of “Goldfigner” (1964) and “Thunderball” (1965). And one of these car in fact was the first prototype of the DB5 and not mass-produced car.

Essentially it was Aston Martin DB4 with changed design elements, and it was produced as early as 1962 long before filming “Goldfinger” in 1964. Before the start of his film career this car was used as test of the prototype. For Filming “Goldfinger” it was fitted with a set of spy gadgets and was a major in the filming of static scenes with Sean Connery. The car had chassis № DP216/1. The second Aston Martin DB5 (chassis № DB5/1486/R) involved in filming was а production car. This car was participated in filming the drive scenes.

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1961 Sunbeam Alpine Convertible was first car driving James Bond prior to the rise phenomenon of James Bonds car

1961 Sunbeam Alpine Convertible was first car driving James Bond prior to the rise phenomenon of James Bonds car in the movies. We can see this in “Dr. No” (1962), the first movie of the James Bonds film series. The car was not equipped with any spy devices or gadgets, but saves the life of Bond when persecuted people of Dr. No. But phenomenon and term of James Bonds car was appeared after “Goldfinger» (1964) the third film in James Bonds 007 series.

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1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Eleanor Fastback

Two Eleanor Mustangs were destroyed during the filming of “Gone in 60 Seconds” (2000)

Did you know that two of the Eleanor Mustangs were completely destroyed during the filming of “Gone in 60 Seconds” (2000). It happend during the filming of scenes jump over the bridge and the final collapse of the car.

It’s known that 11 of the fictional Eleanor Mustangs were created for the movie, but many sources say that only three were actual working cars. Leaving just one Eleanor to be used as a primary “beauty” car for close-ups and promotional efforts. The car was sold at the Dana Mecum 26th Original Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis for $1 Million in may 2013.

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1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Eleanor side emblem and 17x8 Schmidt wheel detail shot

The Mustang From Gone In 60 Seconds was Sold For $1 Million

The Ford Mustang that portrayed “Eleanor” in the Gone in 60 Seconds remake (that’s the one with Nic Cage) was sold for $1,000,000 at the Mecum Indianapolis auction.

Described in the movie as an original 1967 Shelby GT500 – one of the most famous high-performance production vehicles ever made by the Ford Motor Co. The car used in the movie was actually a 1967 Mustang fastback. The specialty Mustang nicknamed “Eleanor” in the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced movie was driven by Cage’s character, retired grand thief auto Randall “Memphis” Raines.

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1967 Shelby GT500 Eleanor

Substitutions in “Gone in 60 Seconds» (2000)

We know that car staring in Gone in 60 Seconds» (2000) described as an original 1967 Shelby GT500 in fact was customized 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback. Porsche 911 Type 996 nicknamed Tina was 1978 Porsche 911 with the 996 Porsche’s body. And how about other cars filmed in “Gone in 60 Seconds” (2000)?

It is known that several rare and expensive cars described in the list of the 50 Cars Stolen in “Gone in 60 Seconds” was substitute for another cars of the same brands however the most widespread in the U.S.

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Porsche 996 Tina from Gone in 60 Seconds

Porsche 911 type 996 Tina in “Gone in 60 Seconds» (2000) in fact was not 996 Porsche

This car started life as a 1978 Porsche 911. This car is chosen instead 996 Porsche because the early 911 chassis was lighter for the major crush scene throught the window of Porsche dealership.

No detal was spared in Tina’s creation, the amazing SPS Porsche Builders were hired to custom build Tina for the movie. She needed to be safe for actor Giovanni Ribisi and stunt driver Johny Martin, because Tina is not going to be computer generation in the stunts.

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Ford GT40

Ford GT40 was one of the contenders to be Eleanor in “Gone in 60 Seconds» (2000)

Very rare American sports car – Ford GT40 was discussed as one of the contenders for the role of Eleanor in “Gone in 60 Seconds» (2000) but due to the fact that the car would have to perform difficult stunts option was rejected.

The fact that classic Ford Mustang or Shelby GT500 against the background of contemporary Ferrari and Lamborghini would look like a poor relation, and Eleanor – this is a car which has to be focused all the attention, and the spirit of the original film would be completely lost if it acted in the role of, say, European sports car.

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1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Eleanor

Shelby GT500 In Gone In 60 Seconds in fact was 1967 Ford Mustang

Do you know that all Shelby’s GT500 filmed in “Gone in 60 Seconds» (2000) in fact was not a stock Shelby GT?

Eleanor is meant to be a 1967 Shelby GT500, but it’s really a customized Mustang fastback. All that cars were created at Hollywood Cinema Vehicle Services from 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback. The new look of the car came up the famous illustrator Steve Stanford, and embodied in the metal and plastic known Californian designer Chip Foose, made from a fiberglass prototype hood, front trim, front kit, overhangs and other elements Eleanor.

12 cars were involved directly in the filming, and only one of them was actually a Shelby GT500-personal vehicle Jerry Bruckheimer.

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