Aston Martin Celebrating 60 Years of James Bond’s Car

Aston Martin Celebrating 60 Years of James Bond’s Car

In the annals of automotive history, few cars command the respect and admiration of the Aston Martin DB5. As the venerated British marque Aston Martin celebrates the diamond jubilee of this iconic masterpiece, we journey through time to explore its rich heritage.

With an elegance that is as compelling today as it was six decades ago, the DB5’s legacy reaches far beyond the automotive realm, casting a long and influential shadow over popular culture, cinema, and the very fabric of luxury.

This is the tale of a car that transcended its metal and leather confines to become an enduring symbol of sophistication and style.


The Dawn of an Icon: 1963

It was the dawn of the Swinging Sixties and the Rolling Stones and Beatles were taking over the world. Aston Martin, fuelled by the success of the DB4, was positioned at the pinnacle of British automobile luxury. Launched in 1958, the DB4 had set the stage, but as European rivals reared their heads, the brand recognised the need for evolution.

And thus, beneath the glitzy chandeliers of the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1963, the Aston Martin DB5 was unveiled to the world.

Featuring myriad upgrades from its predecessor, the most significant of which was a mightier engine, the DB5 was not just another car. It was a statement. The name itself, DB5, though a newcomer to the automotive lexicon of the era, soon became emblematic of unparalleled sophistication and allure.

Over the next two years, the Newport Pagnell factory in Buckinghamshire would craft each DB5 with meticulous precision, creating in the process a vehicle that would come to define automotive grandeur.

Bonded with Fame: From 007 to Rockstars

It wasn’t merely the luxury or the engineering prowess of the DB5 that made it legendary. EON Productions’ masterstroke of placing James Bond behind the wheel of this sleek machine would seal its fate as an automotive superstar.

Yet, Bond wasn’t the DB5’s sole high-profile admirer. The car’s glittering clientele in the 1960s read like a Who’s Who of cultural icons: Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison of The Beatles, the enigmatic Peter Sellers, and in ensuing years, rock and pop stars Robert Plant and Jay Kay, and fashion maestro Ralph Lauren each drove the DB5.

Beatle, George Harrison with his Aston Martin DB5

Indeed, for a car with such limited production numbers – 887 saloons, 123 convertibles and a handful of 12 bespoke coach-built shooting brakes – the DB5’s global influence was nothing short of astonishing. In the context of a year where UK car production neared 2 million, the DB5’s exclusivity stood in stark contrast, a testament to Aston Martin’s dedication to quality over quantity.

A Legacy Undimmed

Marking this grand anniversary, Aston Martin’s executive chairman, Lawrence Stroll, eloquently reflects, “The David Brown era gifted us iconic Aston Martin sports cars, but the DB5 stands peerless. It’s the very embodiment of British luxury, synonymous with style, performance, and exclusivity.”

Of all the car’s Bond has driven, none has left its mark as much as the DB5. Its enduring association with James Bond has helped make it an emblem of suave sophistication and thrilling adventure on the silver screen.

As both a film legend and a motoring marvel, the DB5’s legacy is a testament to its unparalleled allure, forever enshrining it as a beacon of elegance and engineering prowess in the global consciousness.