WHENEVER we hear the name Aston Martin mentioned, we immediately think ‘James Bond!’
Not accidently, the Australian National Show and Shine Euroa will have on show this year, both the first and last of the Bond cars. In addition, there will also be one of the actual cars used in a 1969 movie.
Throughout the James Bond series of films and novels, Q Branch has given Bond a variety of vehicles with which to battle his enemies. Among the most noteworthy gadgets, Bond has been equipped with various vehicles that have numerous modifications to include elaborate weapons and anti-pursuit systems, alternative transportation modes, and various other functions.
One car in particular that has been linked to Mr Bond’s collection is the Aston Martin DB5.
The DB5 was seen or featured in seven films (Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, a small appearance in Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall and Spectre).
In the final Bond film, Spectre, Bond has a DB10, which was actually a specially modified DB9. The DB9 is one of the cars which will be displayed at the Australian National Show and Shine Euroa this year.
Also on display at the Euroa Show and Shine event will be the immaculate 1923 Bamford and Martin 1.5 litre side valve sports racer. And here’s a little-known fact…The Bamford and Martin 1.5 litre side valve short chassis tourer was James Bond’s first car from the early novels of Young Bond.
A further addition to the Aston Martin display at the event will be the actual 1969 DBS Vantage used in the James Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
This car is currently owned by Aston Martin Owner’s Club of Victoria member, Sigi Zidziunas, who has agreed to bring the car to Euroa for our event. Sigi said, “The ‘old girlfriend’ could do with a run…count me in.”