What car did James Bond drive?

Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin DB5, 1963

  • Manufacturer: Aston Martin
  • Model: DB5
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  • Years manufactured: 1963-1965
  • Type: coupe
  • Origin: UK

Aston Martin's DB5 was in production between 1963 and 1965. In that time 1,059 DB5s were manufactured.



In Goldfinger an Aston Martin DB5 was issued to James Bond by MI6's Q Branch


James Bond drove the DB5 to Goldfinger's factory near Lucerne, Switzerland


James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 appeared in many scenes on the road in Switzerland


In the movie Goldfinger, the Aston Martin DB5 carries British registration plate BMT216A. Two cars were used during filming to portray the Bond car: chassis numbers DP216/1 and DB5/1486/R.

Chassis DP216/1 was the first DB5 built by Aston Martin ('DP' in the chassis number identifies it as a 'Development Project') and was the factory pre-production prototype DB5. It originally had Dubonnet Red paintwork, grey interior, was equipped with Marchal fog units and is distinguishable by side-mounted turn indicators. Prior to the Bond movie, this car appeared in the British TV show 'The Saint' broadcast in 1964. It was repainted Silver Birch and fitted with the famous James Bond gadgets by Aston Martin before being loaned to the producers of Goldfinger.

Chassis DB5/1486/R was a regular production vehicle supplied by Aston Martin for the movie production.



James Bond made a getaway in his waiting Aston Martin DB5


James Bond drove off in the Aston Martin DB5


James Bond in his Aston Martin DB5 was chased by villains


In the movie Thunderball, Aston Martin DB5 carrying British registration plate BMT216A appears again. The same two cars from Goldfinger were used during filming; chassis numbers DP216/1 and DB5/1486/R.

After the movie was released, two additional DB5s were sourced and used to publicise Thunderball. These promotional cars were chassis numbers DB5/2008/R and DB5/2017/R. They were converted by Aston Martin to have the same appearance as the Bond car, but never actually appeared in the film.



James Bond drove his Aston Martin DB5 to Monte Carlo


A Ferrari driver chose to race Bond in his DB5


The Ferrari and Aston Martin raced through the hills above Monte Carlo


In GoldenEye, the Aston Martin DB5 returned, this time with registration plate BMT214A. Reportedly, the registration number used in previous Bond movies (BMT216A) could not be used for legal reasons.

A total of three DB5s were used for filming GoldenEye, one in perfect condition for close-up and interior shots (chassis DB5/2187/R) and two more for the driving scenes (DB5/1484/R and DB5/1885/R). Note, these are three completely different vehicles to the two used in making Goldfinger and Thunderball.

Tomorrow Never Dies


James Bond took his Aston Martin DB5 up to Oxford to brush-up on a little Danish.


James Bond was called back to Whitehall and arrived in his DB5


Bond drove the DB5 into the courtyard at Whitehall


Tomorrow Never Dies features one of the three DB5s used in the making of GoldenEye (chassis number DB5/1484/R), still with registration plate BMT214A. It was retained by the movie production company after being acquired for GoldenEye and has appeared in a number of Bond movies since.

Casino Royale


The Aston Martin DB5 was driven to the casino by Alex Dimitrios


James Bond won the DB5 off Alex Dimitrios in a card game


Aston Martin DB5 was waiting outside the casino for Bond to drive away


Casino Royale is set and was filmed in the Bahamas; the Aston Martin DB5 used in production is a left-hand drive model (chassis number DB5/1399/L) and has a local registration plate - 56526.



James Bond had his Aston Martin DB5 stored, ready to make an escape with 'M'


Bond drove 'M' north in the DB5 to escape from Raoul Silva


James Bond and 'M' arrived in Scotland in Bond's Aston Martin DB5 and stopped to look across the glen


In Skyfall, the Aston Martin DB5 regains it's original registration plate (BMT216A). Two cars were used in filming, the production company's car DB5/1484/R (first used for GoldenEye) and a second car DB5/2007/R. 



Q Branch restored James Bond's Aston Martin DB5


At the end of Spectre Bond was back in the driver's seat of his restored DB5


  Bond drove away in the restored DB5


The movie production company's DB5 (DB5/1484/R) from GoldenEye, again with registration plate BMT216A, was used for the brief closing scene of Spectre.