The Aston Martin DB5 is still James Bond’s coolest car almost sixty years later


The latest James Bond film, No time to die hits theaters in October, which means fans who have had nothing to say since Specter released in 2015 were able to pick up the debate on 007. Tucked in between “who was the better Bond?” (Roger Moore, obviously) and “what was the best gadget?” (ghetto blaster rocket launcher) is “what was the coolest car?” The answer is pretty obvious, it must be the Aston Martin DB5.

There is fierce competition. We’re talking about a series that featured an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish that turned invisible at the push of a button, a BMW 750iL that you can control with a cell phone touchpad, and a Lotus Esprit S1 that can turn into a sub. marine.

But none of these cars had the same endurance. A clear sign of the popularity of the DB5 is that after debuting in Goldfinger, it appeared in seven other Bond films and in many video games related to the franchise.

When you think of Bond in a vehicle, there’s a good chance you imagine him in an Aston Martin DB5. So what makes it so special?

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The Aston Martin DB5 has that classic look

Aston Martin DB5 Junior No Time To Die Edition Bond Gatlings

via Aston Martin / The Little Car Company

The DB5 had a timeless look like sort of a middle ground between the 1920s class and the 1960s sports cars. It’s also from a point where you were starting to grasp the aerodynamics but it wasn’t. the essential. The sleek and sleek design of the DB5 made it a fantastic choice to be included in the Bond franchise. Blending opulence, class and speed, this was the perfect 007 car.

The DB5 was James Bond’s third car to feature in the film series, but it’s certainly the most widely recognized. He first appeared in Goldfinger in 1964 before appearing in Thunderball a year later. The DB5 made a comeback in the 90s, with GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies. Then the DB5 came back for Daniel Craig’s films, in Casino Royale, Skyfall, Specter, and especially recently in No Time To Die.

The gadgets were plausible

As flashy and whimsical as the Bond DB5 is, the gadgets used on this ride, including in the ’60s, weren’t absurd and unrealistic. From a GPS dashboard and anti-tire guards to a rear bulletproof screen and ejection seat, none of these features are implausible. They may not be exactly legal in some cases (eg, tire slashers), but the 1960s DB5 was not just a design of a futuristic vehicle that was impossible in its day.

The plausibility of the gadgets used on the DB5 has helped keep the Bond series away from any sci-fi element and keep the films in the spy thriller genre. Ultimately, this has helped maintain the value and quality of the series over the years. All things considered, it’s no surprise that the Aston Martin DB5 continues to appear in the Bond franchise fifty-one years after the first film was released.

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