James Bond's DBIII.

The DB Mark III is a sports car sold by Aston Martin from 1957 through 1959. It was an evolution of the DB2/4 Mark II model it replaced, using an evolution of that car's W.O. Bentley-designed Lagonda 2.9 L (2922 cc/178 in³) straight-6 engine, redesigned by Tadek Marek.

James Bond's DB Mark IIIEdit

James Bond drives an Aston Martin DB Mark III in the novel Goldfinger, though it is referred to as a "D.B. III" in the book – indeed, the chapter in which he drives to his famous golf-course encounter with the villain is entitled 'Thoughts in a D.B. III'. The "DBIII" was a car designed specifically for racing and is unlikely that Bond would drive one. The DB Mark III is often called the DB III and is more comparable to its description in Fleming's novel.

It is the only Bond car in the Ian Fleming novels to have gadgets installed. It included switches to alter the type of color of the front and rear lights, reinforced steel bumpers, a Colt .45 pistol in a hidden compartment under the driver's seat, and a homing device similar to the DB5 in the film. For the film adaptation five years later, the car was updated to the Aston Martin DB5 model and the array of gadgetry was much expanded. It was to become one of the most iconic of classic cars as a result.

"The car was from the pool. Bond had been offered the Aston Martin or a Jaguar 3.4. He had taken the DB III. Either of the cars would have suited his cover - well-to-do, rather adventurous young man with a taste for the good, fast things of life. But the DB III had the advantage of an up-to-date triptyque, an inconspicuous colour - battleship grey - and certain extras which might or might not come in handy. These included switches to alter the type and colour of Bond's front and rear lights if he was following or being followed at night, reinforced steel bumpers, fore and aft, in case he needed to ram, a long-barreled Colt .45 in a trick compartment under the driver's seat, a radio pick-up tuned to receive an apparatus called the Homer, and plenty of concealed space that would fox most Customs men."[1]


  1. Fleming, Ian (1959). Goldfinger. London, England: Jonathan Cape, pp 86-7. ISBN 978-0-1411-8754-9.