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Old 24th Jun 2018, 08:29
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007's stolen motor

I didn't know about this (article from the Telegraph). I wonder if any ppruners have an insight into how you can be operating a cargo plane of sufficient size in Florida, only 20 years ago and not have the feds all over you - it's not something you could do covertly, is it?

New hope in mystery of James Bond's missing Aston Martin

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Sean Connery, who played James Bond, standing with the Aston Martin DB5 used in Goldfinger CREDIT:REX FEATURES
24 JUNE 2018 • 7:00AMIt is a mystery worthy of the pen of Ian Fleming himself, featuring a high stakes theft, shady middle men and a 20-year-hunt for the dastardly individuals responsible.

When the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 featured in the James Bond film Goldfinger was stolen from a Florida airport hangar in 1997 there were fears it would never be seen again.

For years the search for the car used by Sean Connery in his role as Fleming’s 007, the spy with a licence to kill, proved fruitless.

But now hopes have risen that it may yet be recovered, after a tip was received giving details of the Aston Martin’s current whereabouts.

It’s location, according to those supplying the information, is classic espionage territory - the Middle East.Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger, with the Aston Martin DB5 CREDIT: CINE TEXT / ALLSTAR/ SPORTSPHOTO AGENCYArt Recovery International (ARI), which was hired by an unspecified insurance firm to help track down the stolen Aston Martin, have been told it is being held at a specific location in the region.

A six figure sum is being offered for information leading to its safe return.

Christopher Marinello, the chief executive of ARI, told The Sunday Telegraph: “I have been given a specific tip, but we are working on it. We want to reach out to collector car community and vast array of mechanics to let them know we are very serious about recovering it.”

Naturally, Art Recovery are wary of the possibility the vehicle is simply one similar to the actual Aston Martin used in the Bond film.

“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,” said Mr Marinello. “It is quite possible the potential in the Middle East is a mere look alike, which is why it is crucial we retain a close up of the chassis number.”

The stolen Aston Martin was one of two used in the filming of Goldfinger, with another deployed for the scenes featuring Connery behind the wheel.Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger (1964) CREDIT: CAP/MFS/CAPITAL PICTURESARI say it is estimated by some auction houses that the missing DB5 could now be worth between £7 and £10 million, given its iconic status as a 007 vehicle.

The DB5, which following the release of Goldfinger in September 1964 became known as "the most famous car in the world", was designed for Aston Martin by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera and named after Sir David Brown, the luxury car manufacturer's owner from 1947 to 1972.

The car’s rightful owner bought it at auction for $250,000 in 1986, but in June 1997 thieves managed to remove it from the hangar at Boca Raton and squirrel it away.

For the filming of Goldfinger the car had been modified to include an array of Bond gadgets, including machine guns, tyre-shredding blades and oil, smoke and water emitters.

As a result it was so heavy that when thieves broke into the hangar they had to drag it out by its axles, leaving telltale tyre marks leading up to where it was thought to have been loaded onto a waiting cargo plane.

Police investigating the theft drew a blank, paving the way for years of speculation as to its fate.
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Old 24th Jun 2018, 08:40
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Oh, that interesting car of yours. I, too, have a new toy,
but considerably more practical. You are looking at an industrial [email protected],
which emits an extraordinary light, unknown in nature.
It can project a spot on the moon. Or, at closer range, cut through solid metal.
(Auric Goldfinger)
Here's a nice essay about the man behind the motor. Ken (formerly Klaus) Adams. One time RAF Typhoon pilot and one of only two German Nationals to fly in combat in the RAF in WW2.

https://ken-adam-archiv.de/editorial...ams-filmwelten

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I know for a fact that "stuff comes and goes" at nearby Miami-Dade County's Opa Locka airport. We used to refer to it as Dope-A-Locka due to the drug trade from South America, mainly cocaine. On the ramp in an MD-80, we were once accosted by some shaky characters before they quickly realized we were not a group to be messed with. Airport operations were notified. Nothing ever came of it.

Palm Beach County's Boca Raton airfield would likely be not much different. It is notable that the airport property itself was "stolen" from Japanese American immigrants during the time of the internment.
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Sounds like a job for 007...
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Perhaps the real 007 could come out of retirement for this one.
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More likely to have been "...loaded onto a waiting truck or trailer" IMHO. Much simpler and more believable.

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More likely to have been "...loaded onto a waiting truck or trailer" IMHO. Much simpler and more believable.

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I agree. Once it's in a container it is well-hidden and can be shifted across continents without too much difficulty. Back then I doubt they routinely X rayed containers the way they do now, either. Seems a lot easier to get it on a ship than fly it out of the country.
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While a container seems the best economically, due to the immediacy of air travel, if you have the money to spend and your cargo is valuable, the skyway is the most secure way to go.

The only barrier is paperwork, and for a smuggler, Florida's reputation as a long-time member of the "loose paperwork" club makes for an attractive gateway.
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Old 24th Jun 2018, 16:49
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Apart from what they said.
The shape of an Aston Martin DB5: is delightful.
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There was the amphibious Lotus from "The Spy Who Loved Me" that was found in a storage unit a few years ago. The finder had bought the unknown contents of the unit at auction for $100 and it was subsequently sold to Elon Musk for $968,000.

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Palm Beach County's Boca Raton airfield would likely be not much different. It is notable that the airport property itself was "stolen" from Japanese American immigrants during the time of the internment.
Boca is more of a destination for upper level managers of crime, both white collar and others.

Flew out of there in late 1980's. I know of at least one Learjet that had an owner that was reputed to be an upper level member of a crime family of the Italian sort.

Standard practice for any bizjet based there was for the ramp personnel to drive the owners car to meet the aircraft on arrival at the ramp.

Before the arrival of the aforementioned Learjet, it was always darkly humous watching 4 FBO rampers draw straws as who had to start the reputed Capo's car and drive it to the aircraft.
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There was no such thing as the "Amphibious Lotus." There were a number of S1 Esprits used for the onshore scenes, one of which I nearly purchased a while back, a mock up full size shell of a submersible car which was last seen in Cubby's swimming pool, but the underwater scenes were all models.
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Old 26th Jun 2018, 09:20
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There was certainly no ocean-going Lotus but I believe a submersibles company in Florida built a working manned "wet submarine" for the film. This was based around a Lotus body shell and was used for the underwater scenes piloted by a bloke in diving kit..
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