James Bond – played by Sean Connery – proved he could fend off villains with an arsenal of gadgets concealed in his 1964 Aston Martin DB5, but how might 007 have fared with a carload of kids?
These photos show what the British super spy would have encountered had he been assigned a task like schlepping M’s grandkids to school. It makes the parental warning of “Remember not to touch anything” soar to a new level.
This is the actual Aston Martin used in the filming of Goldfinger and Thunderball, where it obliterated many of Bond’s enemies. However, gadget-master Q did not plan for situations involving passengers other than the ejection seat actuated by a button in the gearshift lever.
The car is shown in queue (pun intended) to accept the People’s Choice Award at the recent Ault Park Concours d’Elegance in Cincinnati, where spectators were allowed up-close views. Access was not restricted by ropes or other barriers, except for the two stanchions placed to keep shins clear of the blades on the extended tire slasher.
Considered to be the most famous car in the world, it is owned by Harry Yeaggy, a noted collector who lives nearby the show and while not present, presumably okayed the transport of young passengers with an affinity for touching things.
So at what point does a car owner limit access to passengers? If the tipping point is based on value, consider that Mr. Yeaggy acquired the Aston Martin at a London auction three years ago for the sum of $4.2 million.
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