Bond's missing Aston Martin DB5: Could the 24-year
mystery of the vanishing Goldfinger car finally be
solved? - 19th August 2021
of the most recognisable cars in film history, the
original gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5 from the 1964
James Bond film Goldfinger famously vanished without
trace from a private aircraft hangar in Florida in
1997, never to be seen again.
is arguably the most famous James Bond car of all
- the Aston Martin DB5 driven by the late Sir Sean
Connery in Goldfinger.
it is not just the vehicle's appearance in the 1964
film that makes it one of 007's most high profile
forms of transport.
gadget-filled car, one of the most recognisable in
film history, famously vanished without trace from
a private aircraft hangar in 1997, seemingly stolen
from Florida real estate developer Anthony Pugliese
III in a plot worthy of any Bond villain.
thought to be worth more than $25m (about £18.2m),
the car has not been seen since - although there have
been reports that it has been spotted in Dubai.
car, with the chassis tag DP/216/1, was fitted with
ejector seats, machine guns and tyre-shredders, and
was the original Aston Martin used for the film. There
were four in total, with another vehicle kept as standard,
without the gadgets, to be used for the faster driving
scenes. Two further DB5s were used for promotional
purposes, with one sold at auction in 2006.
starred Connery, who died aged 90 in 2020, as 007
alongside Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore, Karl Gerhart
"Gert" Frobe as Auric Goldfinger, and Shirley
Eaton as Jill Masterson.
mystery of the missing DP/216/1 is now being explored
in a new podcast series The Most Famous Car In The
World, which is hosted by actress Liz Hurley - and
offers a $100,000 (£72,800) reward for information.
the investigation is Christopher A Marinello of Art
Recovery International, who has spent more than a
decade hunting for the car, which he describes as
his "white whale".
has revealed he is chasing a new lead on the Aston
car disappeared on 19 June 1997 from a private jet
hangar at Boca Raton Airport, and investigators have
been flummoxed since.
Most Famous Car In The World podcast series says it
will re-examine the evidence, take a look at some
of the more outlandish theories, and re-open the original
said: "I'm a huge fan of James Bond so I'm excited
to share this fascinating heist story. I hope this
podcast will intrigue 007 fans everywhere and help
shine a light on the mystery and see the Goldfinger
Aston Martin DB5 returned after all this time."
Most Famous Car In The World, from the SPYSCAPE Podcast
Network, is out now.