An Aston Martin with retractable machine guns, tyre slashers and a revolving licence plate has sold for £5.26 million, making it the most expensive James Bond car ever sold at auction.The DB5, based on the car in Goldfinger and built as a promotional model for Bond producers, fetched £5.26 million ($6.39 million) this week in Monterey, California.It was never used in the 1964 blockbuster, meaning its engine and gadgets were in better condition than the one driven by Sir Sean Connery for the film.That model set the Bond car record when it sold for £2.9 million in London nine years ago, but was trumped by its twin on Thursday.The DB5 was the subject of a four-and-a-half-minute competition between six parties, eventually selling to an unnamed bidder in the room, The Times reported.The sleek silver car, with chassis number DB5/2008/R, was described by RM Sotheby’s as the “world’s most famous car” and the Bond vehicle with the most gadgets. The auction house said the Aston Martin, which can legally be driven on the roads, was “a highly desirable acquisition for the serious marque collector . . . or secret agent.”In a short video shared by Sotheby’s in the run-up to the auction, the car was shown to have bulletproof windows, a homing device and tracking display, a smoke screen, oil slick, a rear bulletproof screen and an ejector seat.> NEWS: "The Most Famous Car in the World" is coming to RMMonterey! 1 of 3 surviving JamesBond 007 DB5’s equipped with Q-specified gadgets & used for promotion of Thunderball will star at An Evening with @astonmartin on 15 Aug. Complete your mission: https://t.co/ADwaxDVGvO pic.twitter.com/zPCJfU9eJQ> > — RM Sotheby's (@rmsothebys) > > June 12, 2019Some of the gadgets were said to still work, although the machine guns can only produce a bang.The gadgets were designed by the late John Stears, the film’s special effects technician, after he visited Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell plant in 1963.Two modified cars were built to be used in Goldfinger; one for stunt driving and chase sequences and the other for interior shots and close-ups. The model also had a telephone for communication with MI6 and a compartment under the driver’s seat for weapons.The success of Goldfinger led to a surge in Aston Martin sales. Eon Productions modified two more DB5 saloons and shipped them to the United States to promote Thunderball in 1965.Sir Sean, 88, who played Bond in seven films, described the cars as “increasingly iconic”.“In fact, I bought a very fine DB5 myself relatively recently,” he added.
Cillian Murphy has shut down claims that he could be the next James Bond because he thinks the iconic role should go to a woman.The Peaky Binders star, who plays Tommy Shelby in the BBC show, was hotly tipped to take over Daniel Craig’s spot as the new 007, joining a list of rumoured contenders which also includes James Norton and Richard Madden.But, speaking to The Guardian, the 43-year-old admitted he has other ideas. He said: “The thing about it is, if you say anything about Bond it becomes the headline, right?“There’s two things I’ll say about that. Firstly, there’s a whole other industry which is completely separate from the film side of things, and that’s the bookies. He added: “The second thing I’d say is that I think it should be a woman, which rules me out.”The English actress Lashana Lynch has reportedly been cast as a new 007, but her character will appear alongside Craig’s Bond, having taken over his code name, rather than replace him.[[gallery-0]] Previous contenders rumoured to be in the running to play the iconic super-spy include Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston.Filming for the 25th Bond film, which is using the working title Shatterhand, has so far taken place on location in Jamaica, Norway and Italy, and at Pinewood Studios in the UK.Earlier this year, Craig was forced to spend two weeks recovering from an ankle injury sustained while filming. Despite this, the film is still slated for release in April 2020.The 25th Bond film will be directed by Cary Fukunaga and will be Craig's fifth and final outing as the super spy.Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright and Rory Kinnear will all return to the series, while Rami Malek will make his Bond debut as a villain.
Director Cary Fukunaga is at work with Craig, Jeffrey Wright and Lashana Lynch on set in the Caribbean.
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Chris Hemsworth has revealed which actor he’d pick to succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond.The Australian actor, who plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has thrown his support behind one of the most heavily rumoured names on the list of contenders – and a former Avengers co-stars.He told Variety: “My vote would be Idris [Elba]. I think he’d give it a different sort of swagger, too, and each time someone new comes into the role, I think you’ve got to offer up something different.”During the interview, Hemsworth revealed it was his idea to inject Thor with a comedic streak first seen in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok following fears he had been typecast in the first two Avengers films and Thor: The Dark World.“After I’d done Avengers and Thor 2, I did feel a bit trapped,” he said. “I felt like I was typecast by whoever was writing those scripts. I feel like the creators were stuck on where they could take the character, and was this all he had to offer? I felt there was so much more we could do."He added that the character’s sillier side was inspired by a comedic turn in Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters reboot.Speaking about the film’s backlash from male fans of the 1984 original, Hemsworth said: “That whole period I was like, ‘What ownership do you guys have over those characters? Oh, you watched the film, therefore you should have a say over where it goes?’ I thought it was very unfortunate and kind of disappointing.”The actor will next be seen in Men In Black International, which he stars in alongside his Avengers co-star Tessa Thompson. it’ll be released in cinemas on 14 June.
The great niece of James Bond creator Ian Fleming has backed Idris Elba, Richard Madden and Cillian Murphy as replacements for Daniel Craig.
Daniel Craig has weighed in on who should follow him as James Bond, insisting that it should just be the right person for the job, regardless of race or gender.