James Bond cars up for auction with other costumes and accessories from the series
Here is your chance to really drive what 007 drove. On September 28, Christie’s will auction 60 pieces from EON Productions’ extensive archive, including costumes, props, and since it’s Autoblog, cars! Much of the Sixty Years of James Bond collection up for auction are pieces used during the filming of “no time to die“, but there are other notable elements from previous films. The 60 plays coincide with the 60th anniversary of the film franchise.
Among the cars is one of seven Aston Martin DB5 stunt replicas built specifically for the film, with extensive damage sustained during the pre-credits sequence. It also appears to be one of the stunt cars with Gatling gun attachments behind the headlights (you can read more about the team behind the stunts here). As this is a replica and stunt car, it does not have a full DB5 interior. However, as it is a replica and a stunt car, it also features a 3.2-liter straight-six from a BMW M3 E46. Now this is an amalgamation of my personal tastes if there ever was one. Its price estimate is between £1.5 million and £2 million, or around $1.84 million and $2.46 million. Proceeds from each lot will go to various charities.
Other auction cars driven by 007 in the film include an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera and one that is particularly close to my heart, a 1981 Aston Martin V8. Although it appears to be the same car driven by Timothy Dalton in “Living daylights“, it’s actually a different car, made evident by the fact that its model year is six years before Mr. Dalton’s first tuxedoed entry. Also included in the auction are stunt vehicles used by bad guys (we really need to talk about the blood money on JLR’s hands after doing all this business with Spectre) including a Range Rover Sport SVR, Land Rover Defender 110 and a Jaguar There’s also a Triumph Scrambler motorcycle used in filming, as well as a new 007 60th Anniversary Land Rover Defender 110 V8 special edition not used in the film.
The only vehicles auctioned from previous films include a Q Boat from “The world is not enough” (I guess EON still has a few more), the cello case of “Living daylights” (yes that counts as a vehicle), and a Day of the Dead parade bike from “Spectrum(I could buy that, drive around Portland on it and nobody would flinch).
Besides the cars, there are a number of suits, tuxedos, and outfits that Daniel Craig warned over the years (including the Navy tactical outfit from the end of “no time to die“), plus a tuxedo worn by Timothy Dalton in “License to kill,” and costumes worn by Christophe Waltz (“Spectrum“), Javier Bardem (“celestial fall“) and Rami Malek (“no time to dieAlso included are two of the show’s most memorable dresses: one worn by Ana de Armas in “no time to die” and the other by Barbara Bach in “The Spy Who Loved Me.”
Notable accessories include Primo’s bionic eyeball and various watches from “no time to die,”the clock that M uses to escape his captors in”The world is not enough“, a dragon statue of”celestial fall“, a giant Aztec skeleton puppet of”Spectrum,” a menu used in “thunder ball“, and one of Fabergé’s egg replicas from “Octopus.” Or is it a real one? Either way, don’t break it.
There are also signed scores, scripts and claps, as well as some 007-related experiences.
Most of the key pieces will be auctioned live on September 28, while a second part will take place exclusively online between September 15 and October 5.
And if you want to check out more James Bond cars and vehicles, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will be hosting its Bond in Motion exhibit through October. You can also check out our list of 25 James Bond movies ranked by their cars alone.