Aston Martin Lagonda generously donated the DB5 stunt car, that boasts an amazing array of technological features: a revolving digital license plate, retractable headlights, pop-out machine guns and more.
This car was built exclusively for No Time To Die, and was used during the first action scene, where Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux as Bond and Madeleine zoomed through the tight streets of Matera, Italy.
In the movie, Bond is circled and the DB5 receives hundreds of rounds of bullets, but none can penetrate the bullet proof façade of the car. Bond’s girlfriend, Madeleine is wondering why Bond is unmoved, but obviously he’s thinking what to do next.
After some time, Bond presses a button to reveal the pop out machine gun, shows his expertise behind the wheel by executing some doughnuts while the machine guns shoot out of the headlights to kill the SPECTRE henchmen.
Plenty of Bond Memorabilia Raised Millions for Charities
The DB5 was among many other Bond memorabilia, including the 1981 Aston Martin V8, which fetched £630,000. Craig used this car in No Time to Die too, and is meant to be the same one used by Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights.
There was another Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 007 Edition that was up for auction, and it along with everything else sold for more than expected, raising £403,200.
Spectre Agent, Primo’s bionic eyeball that was paired up with Bond villain Blofeld’s bionic eye, and allowed Bond’s oldest foe to communicate everything while he was in prison.
The see-all bionic ocular came with cradle, velvet cushion and plate adorning the SPECTRE symbol and was expected to raise up to £6,000, but sold for an eye popping £44,100.
The Octopussy Faberge Egg, a timeless symbol of cinema history, raised to an astonishing £327,600 for UNICEF – 54 times its initial estimated value. Similarly the OMEGA Seamaster Diver Watch as worn by Daniel Craig sold at auction for an impressive £226,000. You can get a limited edition OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300m 007 Edition by clicking on the link. It might not be the one worn by Daniel Craig in the film, but it’s much cheaper, and it’s exactly the same.
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The sale of the iconic DB5 stunt car and everything else, supported The Prince’s Trust and other charities that offer aid to current/former members of UK Intelligence Agencies as well as serving past members of the UK Special Forces.
Samantha Bond and Sean Connery’s Granddaughter Make Appearance
The star-studded event in London saw many past and present Bond connections there. Former Miss Moneypenny actress Samantha Bond was there along with Sean Connery’s granddaughter Saskia Connery.
Samantha, a veteran actress of the silver screen now aged 60, is renowned for her work as Miss Moneypenny in four James Bond films during Pierce Brosnan‘s era between 1995 and 2002.
She famously played the iconic kiss scene where Bond fans though she and 007 were finally getting it on. The scene happens at the end of Die Another Day, but unfortunately it was all in her head, and played out on screen as she had a pair of VR glasses on. Pity those glasses weren’t up for auction, too.
British actress Maryam d’Abo, 61, who portrayed Bond girl Kara Milovy in The Living Daylights (1987) was among those present, as was producer Barbara Broccoli.
The two-part James Bond memorabilia auction at Christie’s was organized to celebrate the franchise’s 60th anniversary. In total, both events had a total of 61 lots up for auction, and raised and astonishing £6.87 million.