The James Bond movie known as “Goldfinger” opens in theaters across the United States on January 9th, 1965. The movie features the suave super-spy from Britain who drives an Aston Martin Silber Birch DB5 sports car; this type of vehicle would make its way to appear in other James Bond movies.
The roots of Aston Martin began when Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford established a company in London in order to sell Singer vehicles back in 1913. The men made the decision to change the company’s name the following year to Aston Martin while eventually started to build their own sports cars that were known for their high quality; the new name was meant to honor the successful performances of Lionel Martin at the hill climb races located at Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire, England. Aston Martin’s vehicles were participating in competitions held internationally during the 1920s which included the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the French Grand Prix. British industrialist David Brown purchased Aston Martin in 1947 and launched the DB1 the following year; the name for the car is based on his initials. First place at the 24 Hours Le Mans was accomplished by an Aston Martin DBR1 in 1959 as well as the company achieving another win the same year at the Worlds Sports Car Championship; the company decided to take a lengthy break from car racing and would not return again until 2004.
The Ford Motor Company would acquire a 75 percent ownership in Aston Martin in 1987 as it had gone through different owners by this time; full ownership by Ford was acquired in 1994. Ford decided over a decade later to sell Aston Martin to several investors reportedly for $925 million in 2007. Aston Martin during this time builds roughly 5,000 vehicles per year while each car had a price tag of over $100,000.
Production of the DB5 was started in 1963 while the elegant coupe was used in the movie “Goldfinger” and in 1964 made its debut in Great Britain; the model also appeared in other Bond movies such as “GoldenEye” and “Thunderball.” The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish was used in the 2002 movie “Die Another Day” that starred Pierce Bronson. The Aston Martin DBS was used in the movie “Casino Royale” that starred Daniel Craig in 2006.
British author Ian Fleming (1908-1964) created the James Bond character and published in 1953 was Bond’s first book “Casino Royale.” Fleming originated from a well-to-do family in London who held positions such as a stockbroker, a foreign correspondent and a personal assistant during World War II to Britain’s director of naval intelligence; his best-selling Bond books would benefit from Ian’s own personal experiences.
Sean Connery played Bond in the first movie “Dr. No” that was shown in 1962 as well as appearing in “Goldfinger;” he would appear in five other films. Afterwards, five other characters played Bond that has become the most well-known fictional spy in the world as well as being one of the most money-producing franchises in history. The other five actors are George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. Central in the role of Bond movies are high-tech gadgetry and fast cars.