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September 2013
Aston Martin Db5 & James Bond 1St Day Covers

By: FSWL team
Published:
2013-09-16
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Aston Martin DB5 and James Bond - Limited number signed by Sir Roger Moore! Order from Buckingham Covers.

Still available are the Ian Fleming centenary covers (signed by Richard Kiel), the James Bond stamps cover (signed by Sir Roger Moore and Christopher Lee) and the James Bond prestige booklet set, (all released in 2008). Also covers signed by Jonathon Pryce and Samantha Bond.


Here's a cover with the WOW factor. The photo comes from Sir Roger Moore's personal collection. It's of Sir Roger escaping from his Aston Martin DB5 - which is also featured on one of the stamps. And of course is a James Bond car of choice. Top that!

• Full set of British Auto Legend stamps: Featuring Jaguar E-Type, the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, the MG MGB, the Morgan Plus 8, the Lotus Esprit and - the inspiration for our cover - the Aston Martin DB5.

• Incredible photo, provided by Sir Roger himself: It is of Sir Roger leaping out of his own Aston Martin DB5 with all the panache of James Bond.

• Limited number personally signed by: Sir Roger Moore: James Bond himself and also, a legend in his own right!

• Postmarked: Bond Street (tribute to Sir Roger as James Bond)

• Issue date: 13th August, 2013

The Aston Martin DB5 - a potted history:
The Aston Martin DB5 first appeared in 1963. The name DB series came from the initials of David Brown, the head of Aston Martin from 1947–1972. It was a state-of-the-art, luxury grand tourer with super sleek Italian design. Standard equipment included reclining seats, wool pile carpets, electric windows, twin fuel tanks, chrome wire wheels, oil cooler, magnesium-alloy body built to superleggera patent technique, full leather trim in the cabin and even a fire extinguisher. All models have two doors and are of a 2+2 configuration. A three-speed Borg-Warner DG automatic transmission was available as well. At the beginning, the original four-speed manual with optional overdrive was standard fitment, but it was soon dropped in favour of the ZF five-speed.

It was just perfect for the new James Bond films of the 1960s. The Aston Martin DB5 made its first screen appearance in Goldfinger (1964) in 1964 and featured in 5 more films: Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), when it is driven in the opening scenes by Bond whilst racing a Ferrari, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall (2012).

In the book, GoldenEye by John Gardner, Bond bought the DB5 as his own personal vehicle, although in the 2006 film version of Casino Royale, Bond won it in a game of poker. In the Casino Royale version of the vehicle, no special gadget was visible on the DBS other than the secret compartments which housed Bond's Walther P99, and an emergency med kit which includes components of an emergency medical link to MI6 HQ, antidotes to various poisons and a small defibrillator. The DB5 also appears in numerous other films with association to Bond.

The Goldfinger DB5 with gadgets was sold on October 27, 2010 for $4.6m (£2.9m) to the car collector Harry Yeaggy. It features the pop out gun barrels behind the front indicators, the bullet shield behind the rear window and a 3-way revolving front number plate showing "GOLD FINGER" or "JB007" or "BMT216A".

Editor's note:
In 2013, Aston Martin celebrates its centenary anniversary.

Aston Martin news presented on From Sweden with Love:
>Aston Martin DB5 at Pinewood Studios (April 2008)
>Aston Martin DB5 design by Dante (June 2010)
>James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 for sale at auction (October 2010)
>Bond girls at Aston Martin Owner's Club (May 2011)
>James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 displayed in USA (June 2012)

More information on the Aston Martin DB James Bond covers signed by Sir Roger Moore:

www.buckinghamcovers.com/shop/productdisplay.php?productCode=BC468&affiliate=jb007

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