It’s arguably the most famous James Bond car of all – the Aston Martin DB5 driven by the late Sir Sean Connery at Goldfinger.
However, it is not just the appearance of the vehicle in the 1964 film that makes it one of 007’s most prominent forms of transportation.
The gadget-laden car, one of the most recognizable in movie history, disappeared without a trace from a private jet hangar in 1997, apparently stolen from Florida real estate developer Anthony Pugliese III in a plot worthy of anything. Link villain.
Now believed to be worth more than $ 25 million (around £ 18.2 million), the car has not been seen since, although there have been reports that it has been seen in Dubai.
The car, with the chassis label DP / 216/1, was equipped with ejector seats, machine guns and tire shredders, and it was the original. Aston martin used for the movie. There were four in total, with another vehicle maintained as standard, without the devices, to be used for the faster driving scenes. Two more DB5s were used for promotional purposes, and one was sold at auction in 2006.
Goldfinger starring Connery, who died at age 90 in 2020as 007 alongside Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore, Karl Gerhart “Gert” Frobe as Auric Goldfinger and Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson.
The mystery of the missing DP / 216/1 is now explored in a new podcast series The Most Famous Car In The World, which is hosted by the actress. Liz hurley – and offers a reward of $ 100,000 (£ 72,800) for information.
The leader of the investigation is Christopher A Marinello of Art Recovery International, who has spent more than a decade searching for the car, which he describes as his “white whale.”
Marinello has revealed that he is looking for a new clue as to the whereabouts of the Aston Martin.
The car disappeared on June 19, 1997 from the hangar of a private jet at the Boca Raton airport and investigators have been baffled ever since.
The World’s Most Famous Car podcast series says it will reexamine the evidence, take a look at some of the most outlandish theories, and reopen the original case file.
Hurley said: “I am a huge fan of James Bond, so I am excited to share this fascinating heist story. I hope this podcast intrigues 007 fans everywhere and helps shed light on the mystery and see the return of the Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 after all this time. “
The World’s Most Famous Car, from the SPYSCAPE Podcast Network, is now available.