The iconic Aston Martin DB5 – driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger – is said to have been tracked down after vanishing 19 years ago.
Featuring in the classic 1964 Bond film, the vehicle went missing from an aircraft hanger in Florida Keys back in 1997. It had been purchased for $250,000 (£190,000) in 1986, and is now estimated to be worth around £10 million.
Recent speculation suggests that the car is hidden away somewhere in the Middle East – with an apparent ‘six-figure sum’ being offered in exchange for information and its safe return.
Chief executive of Art Recovery International, Christopher A Marinello, said he has been given a “specific tip” that he is currently “working on”.
“We want to reach out to the collector car community and a vast array of mechanics to let them know we are very serious about recovering it,” he has told the press.
“As there are many Aston Martins, it is very important that we get a shot of the chassis number, DP/216/1. This is what we are looking for, as it is very specific to the vehicle.
“It is quite possible the potential in the Middle East is a mere lookalike, which is why it is crucial we retain a close-up of the chassis number.”
The missing Aston Martin was one of two cars to be used during Goldfinger‘s filming. The second vehicle was sold to a collector in 2010 for $4.1m. Two press cars, which didn’t feature in the film, were also used for promotion. One is on display at the Louwman Museum in The Hague, while the other was sold for $2.09 in 2006.
Meanwhile, Pierce Brosnan recently endorsed Tom Hardy for the role of Bond. “I think Tom Hardy could be a good Bond. I’d be happy to see him do it,” Brosnan said. “You need an actor who can put a bit of wiggle into it – that’s what makes Bond.”