Ranked as “The Greatest Living Scot” and “Scotland’s Greatest Living National Treasure,” Sean Connery needs very little introduction. After serving in the Royal Navy from 1947 to 1950, Connery briefly considered a career in soccer before turning his attention to acting in the early 1950s. He worked backstage at the King’s Theatre in late 1951 to earn extra money but something else happened entirely—he was bitten by the acting bug. He made his stage debut in a production of South Pacific and continued honing his talents on stage before making his way to film as an extra in Lilacs in the Spring (1954).
After years of working, Connery rose to fame in 1962 when he was cast as James Bond in Dr. No (1962). He reprised his role as Bond until 1983 in films like From Russia with Love (1963), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Never Say Never Again (1983). During this time, he also ventured beyond his iconic role and starred in Marnie (1964), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), and The Man Who Would Be King (1975). He garnered praise for his work in The Untouchables (1988) and followed up with critically praised performances in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), and The Rock (1996).
Connery starred in and executive produced The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in 2003 before retiring from acting in 2006. He made a brief return in 2012 when he lent his voice to the title character in Sir Billi, which he also executive produced. The same year, he narrated Ever to Excel (2012). Today, the 89-year-old spends his time with his second wife, Micheline Roquebrune, and lives comfortably with a net worth of $350 million.
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Specs
Connery’s impressive net worth means he can easily afford a luxury car like the 1964 Aston Martin DB5. The DB5 is a British luxury grand tourer (GT) that was made by Aston Martin and designed by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera of Italy. The first DB5 debuted in 1965 but had a special place in the 1964 James Bond film, Goldfinger, which ties it to Connery, one of the first actors to play Bond.
Known as the James Bond car, the DB5 is among the best-known cars in the world thanks to the film. To promote Goldfinger, two DB5s were showcased at the 1964 New York World’s Fair where it was dubbed “the most famous car in the world.” This skyrocketed sales as the DB5 made its official debut on the silver screen in Goldfinger followed by an appearance in The Cannonball Run (1981). So, what makes the DB5 so incredibly special beyond its ties to James Bond?
Aston Martin spared no expense in building a luxury car with the DB5 offering an all-aluminum 4.0-liter engine and five-speed transmission. The powerful engine produces a top speed of 145 miles per hour with a combined fuel economy of 15 miles per gallon in the city and on the highway. The car’s interior offered the utmost in luxury with reclining seats, wool pile carpets, electric windows, and full leather trim throughout the cabin. The car even featured a fire extinguisher.
Aston Martin introduced several DB5 variants including the DB5 Vantage, which was introduced in 1965 and featured three SU model HD-8 side-draft carburetors and revised camp-shaft profiles. This delivered greater top-end performance and drivability. The DB5 convertible was produced from 1963 to 1965 and was exceptionally rare with only 12 models fitted with the Vantage engine. Aston Martin produced another 37 models with “Short Chassis” Volantes, which featured DB6 split front and rear bumpers and lights. The last model was the DB5 shooting brake, which was a prototype made by David Brown, an avid hunter and dog owner. This prototype was custom modified with the last DB5 shooting-brake prototype selling for $1.765 million in August 2016, making it the most valuable Shooting Brake bodied car ever sold at auction.
Connery’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5
Connery got to drive the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 as James Bond but he never officially owned the car. Instead, the car was used for promotional purposes. That purpose has long continued over the last several decades. The James Bond Aston Martin DB5 sold for $6.4 million at the Pebble Beach Car Auction in 2019. The car was first purchased by British collector Lord Anthony Bamford and then bought by the Smokey Mountain Car Museum where it was on display for 35 years in Tennessee.