James Bond car on the auction block

James Bond car on the auction block

A coveted 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that was used in “Goldfinger” and other films and that sold in 2010 for $ 4.6 million. A DB5 that was used to promote the films is also currently on the market for $ 4.69 million.

Next to the Aston Martin, however, the submarine car—nicknamed “Wet Nelly” during the filming—is widely considered to be the most famous Bond ride. The car helped Roger Moore and actress Barbara Bach escape a marauding helicopter by jumping off a pier and turning into a submarine.

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Renedius, who is also marketing director of the Economic Alliance of Kankakee County in Illinois, said that eight different versions of the Lotus Esprit were actually used in “The Spy Who Loved Me.” At least two cars were used for the chase and pier jump. Three other cars were used for the underwater shots—one version was used for the retracting wheels shot, another used for the fins popping out, and a third used for the traveling submarine shots.

It is the third car—which is not functional as a road car—that is being sold by RM Auctions.

The actual owner of the car prefers to remain anonymous. But Redenius said the owner is a “blue collar guy” who has a business that rents construction tools and makes a “very modest” living. The sale, Redenius said, is likely to change the seller’s fortunes.

“I told him, I said ‘Come September 9th, be prepared for your life and your wife and your children—your life is going to change dramatically. And he said ‘well, how so’ and I said ‘First of all, you’re going to go down in history as the guy who found the James Bond car. But then if it sells for what we’re hoping, that money will give you an opportunity to live very comfortably for the rest of your life.'”

According to Redenius, when the owner first discovered the car, he didn’t realize it was a Bond car since “he had never seen a James Bond movie.”

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