Amid all the noise about Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary, another equally important milestone for the marque has been all but overlooked:

The 50th anniversary of the DB5, the model made famous by James Bond.

Designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera and released in 1963, it became an object 0f intense desire even before Sean Connery drove it to such devastating effect in Goldfinger.

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In Ian Fleming’s novel upon which the film was based, Bond drives a a DB Mark III, an altogether less attractive vehicle, though the movie’s producers thankfully gave him an upgrade.

And the DB5 remains one of the world’s sexiest cars to this day.

The girls here seem to agree…