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In Pictures: For Bond, nothing compares to Aston Martin

James Bond always returns to Aston Martin, first seen in 1964's movie Goldfinger. Here are some photos of the classic roadster, plus a few examples of his dalliances with other marques.

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The rotating number plate on the original Aston Martin DB5, driven by actor Sean Connery in the James Bond films "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" is displayed in London in 2010. The car fetched £2,600,000, less than the estimated £3,000,000 ($4,700,000).


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In this 1964 file photo, Sean Connery poses with the Aston Martin from "Goldfinger." The car, which is outfitted with right-hand drive, machine guns, an ejection seat and bullet-proof windows, was stolen from a hangar in Florida.

Everett Collection

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The most famous Bond car: Aston-Martin DB5

Darin Schnabel Courtesy of RM Auctions

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The 1965 Aston Martin DB5 used in James Bond movies "Goldfinger," "Thunderball," "GoldenEye," "Tomorrow Never Dies," "Casino Royale," and "Skyfall." The spy car, complete with machine guns and tire slashers, was sold by RM Auctions for $2.6-million in 2006.

RM Auctions

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A machine gun protrudes from the grill of the 1965 Aston Martin DB5.

RM Auctions

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1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe sold in 2006 after being on display at the Smoky Mountain Car Museum in Tennesse for 35 years. It was put up for auction by the museum owners and was sold to an undisclosed European buyer.


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1965 Aston-Martin DB5

RM Auctions

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The original 1965 Aston Martin DB5, driven by actor Sean Connery in the James Bond films "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball."


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The interior of the boot of the original Aston Martin DB5.

Matt Dunham/AP Photo

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Pierce Brosnan with the classic 1965 Aston Martin DB5 in "Goldeneye."

Everett Collection

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Daniel Craig as the current James Bond in the 2012 film "Skyfall."

Francois Duhamel/AP Photo

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Daniel Craig as James Bond drove this 2008 Aston Martin 6 litre V12 DBS 2 door coupe in the movie "Quantum of Solace." It was auctioned earlier this year by Christie’s auction house in London, raising £241,250 ($383,648) for charity.

Alastair Grant/AP Photo

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Daniel Craig as James Bond with the Aston Martin DBS model from the 007 film "Casino Royale."


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A 2002 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish from "Die Another Day." The waiting list to buy one of the $228,000 cars was nearly two years when it was released.


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The two-seater 155mph BMW Z8 car driven by James Bond in 1999 movie "The World is Not Enough." The car, powered by a 5.0 litre VE engine,made its public debut at the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show.


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A worker poses next to a pre-production replica BMW Z8 Roadster made for the film "The World is not Enough," at "50 Years of James Bond - the Auction," at Christie's in London September 28, 2012. It sold for £85,250.


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Workman guide a Aston Martin DB5, similar to the one used by movie character James Bond, onto the third floor of the International Spy Museum in Washington in 2002.


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This 1998 Jaguar XKR James Bond Special Effects Car sold for £56,000 at a 2010 auction. Pierce Brosnan as James Bond drove an Aston Martin Vanquish in the 2002 film "Die Another Day," while villain Zao drove this highly modified XKR equipped with a Gatling gun behind the seats, missiles firing from the front grilles, rocket launchers in the doors and mortars in the trunk. One of only four built with four-wheel drive, it was driven in ice chase scene. Four other cars were standard two-wheel drive models with cosmetic changes.

RM Acutions

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Pierce Brosnan as James Bond with Michelle Yeoh on a BMW R1200 motorcycle in the 1997 film "Tomorrow Never Dies."


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BMW 750iL from the 1997 film "Tomorrow Never Dies." Pierce Brosnan drove the V-12 sedan, steering it from the back seat with a remote control during a chase scene in a parkade.


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