Billion Pound Bond Street: James Bond car makes £300,000
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No Time To Die is set to release on September 30, and will be the 25 th of the James Bond franchise, with Daniel Craig returning as 007 for the final time. The film was originally scheduled to be released in April 2020, but the pandemic has caused massive delays to its release.
With many gearing up to watch the latest spy thriller, eager fans are also looking for some of the franchise's most iconic cars , including the Aston Martin DB5 and V8 saloon.
The Aston Martin DB5 is the most iconic Bond car and to date has featured in eight films, including Goldfinger, Thunderball, Goldeneye, Casino Royale and new release No Time To Die.
Searches for Aston Martin V8 saloon – another iconic Bond supercar which is also set to feature in the new release – have increased by 29 percent.
Searches for the Lotus Esprit (the submarine car made famous by Roger Moore in the Spy Who Loved Me) and the BMW Z8 (driven by Pierce Brosnan in the World is Not Enough) have also risen.
James Bond’s classic Aston Martin DB5. (Image: PrestigeDriverApp)
A Lotus Esprit X180. (Image: PrestigeDriverApp)
According to the data, from PrestigeDriverApp , searches for DB5s have increased by 45 percent in the last 30 days, with car collectors and film superfans all clamouring to own a piece of Bond history.
A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 can sell for around £400,000 to £900,000 depending on their condition.
The DB5 was first introduced in 1964 and remains the first production to be equipped with 5-speed gear box, electric windows, tinted glass and twin fuel filler caps.
Less than 900 coupes were manufactured for global distribution, with many having been rebuilt by respected specialists.
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Reuben Smith, founder of PrestigeDriverApp, heralded the popularity of the Bond-themed classic cars.
They said: "James Bond is synonymous with driving some of the world's most exclusive supercars and it is no surprise that as excitement grows for the new release collectors are once again switched on to some of the film's most iconic cars.
"Although in the original Ian Fleming books, Bond's car of choice was a Bentley, Aston Martin is probably the car maker most associated with the films.
"There have been numerous models featured in the franchise over the years – including the DB5, V8, V12 Vanquish and made-to-order DB10.
"We have seen searches for Bond's favoured car brands (including Aston Martin, Lotus, BMW and even Bentleys) increase across the board over the past 30 days as excitement surrounding the long-awaited film starts to build.
"And buyers could be on to something – the classic car market is booming and if purchased at the right time and kept in good condition, the returns on prestige cars (especially those associated with the James Bond franchise) could outperform property, art or gold.
"When it comes to investing in cars there are a number of factors that you need to take into consideration – from budget to how you intend to use it and whether you are looking for something unusual and rare or a classic that you can use day-to-day.
"You might also be looking to invest in something which you can restore – in that case you are more likely to buy through auction."
James Bond’s 1986 Aston Martin V8 Volante. (Image: PrestigeDriverApp)
Other classic Bond cars are available on the app, including a 1986 Aston Martin V8 Volante, which can sell for almost £200,000.
Only 849 Volante's were manufactured, with the convertible version being similar to the car used by Timothy Dalton in the 1987 Bond film, The Living Daylights.
Described by former Aston Martin Chairman Victor Gauntlett as, ‘a stylish thoroughbred, beautifully built, luxurious, fast and immensely safe,’ the V8 was built in several variants, one of the more exclusive being the Volante convertible.
A slightly more affordable Bond car is also available in the form of a Lotus Esprit X180, which can be bought for around £31,995.
This pacific blue fourth generation Lotus Esprit shares the classic lines of the 1977 version made famous in the Spy Who Love Me.
Penned by the hand of Peter Stevens, famed designer of the McLaren F1, the X180 brought the Esprit up to date, softening the angular lines of the original car.
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