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|Daniel Craig & “Team Spectre” Talk About The Aston Martin DB10||
|Daniel Craig Takes Up The 007 Mantle In Charismatic Beer Ad||
Even though there are no supercars being flung around or goons with itchy trigger fingers, Daniel Craig probably still had a lot of fun filming this commercial.
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|CEO of Tesla buys James Bond’s Lotus Esprit||
A couple of months ago we reported on a story that was quite astonishing actually.
A man from Long Island had bought a storage unite for $100 – and in it was the biggest surprise of his life: James Bonds’ famous Lotus Espirit from the film, ‘The Spy who Loved me’.
Since it’s find, the classic 1977 Lotus travelled to London to rest in the capable hand of RM Auctioners. That as until a fe days ago, when the famous car was finally bought by none other than the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk.
It is reported that Musk paid the handsome sum of $866 000 for James Bond’s ex-ride.
Tesla has been doing rather well over the last year and maybe Musk thought he could treat himself to a (very) special gift.
No word yet on what Musk plans on doing with the Lotus. Perhaps he would like to keep it as a statue or maybe he wants to fic it up and really drive it around. We’ll have to wait and see.
Until then, check out a scene from the movie below with the famous car in action – with none other than Mr. Bond behind the wheel:
|The Miami Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection: An Auto Enthusiast Dream||
I love surprises. I enjoy the moments when something out of the ordinary happens and once again I realize that the world is a bigger place than I have given it credit for. On a recent trip to Miami with the Automotive Addicts team to attend a luncheon sponsored by GM to roll out the new Corvette Stingray, I was able indulge in a once-in-a-lifetime visit to Miami’s Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection. At the lunch I met fellow car enthusiast, author, journalist, and the current curator of Miami’s Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection, Myles Korblatt. The two of us immediately hit it off, and why wouldn’t we, he is an authentic car guy. Myles’ love, appreciation and knowledge of all things automotive are contagious. During the conversation, he invited the Automotive Addicts team to visit the museum and view the 1500 vehicle collection. It didn’t take too much convincing, to view a collection of 1500 pristine vehicles in a climate controlled environment almost sounds too good to be true. After lunch, we followed the GPS instructions to the colorful, art deco multi-building complex in North Miami.
Where Hollywood Cars are the Stars
Upon arriving at Miami’s Auto Museum, we followed the signs to the 50s diner style lobby, complete with vintage cars fashioned into booth style seating. Even from the entrance, the overwhelming volume, quality, and uniqueness of the collection of vehicles and vehicle-related collectibles begins to astound you. You eventually realize you are in for one of those “the world is a bigger place than you gave it credit for” experiences. The collection is broken up into fifteen dedicated galleries in two buildings. One building houses the American classics, European classics, military vehicles, electric vehicles, motorcycles, scooters/bicycles, and outboard motors. The other building is mostly designed around pop culture themes, including an incredible collection of Hollywood memorabilia and the original cars used in long running television shows including; The Dukes of Hazzard, Night Rider, The Munsters, The Monkees, and Hardcastle and McCormick. If you are anything like me and considered the real star of Magnum PI to be a red Ferrrari 308GTS, then you are in for a real treat.
The other pop culture galleries are movie themed. If you ever wanted to see almost all of the Batmobiles under one roof, then the Dezer Collection is the place to visit. Do you love 007? The James Bond gallery is incredible. The collection includes many rare and exotic cars, including two mint examples of Bond driven Austin Martin DB5’s and the “most collectible Japanese car of all time,” the 1967 Toyota 2000GT convertible. The gallery also includes tanks, submarines, boats, helicopters and a hall of vintage Bond theme toys and small collectibles. It is fair to say that a family could spend a day working through this gallery alone.
Also housed under the roof of the pop culture building is the world’s largest collection of micro cars, an indoor drive in Movie Theater, a children’s play space, an arcade, an electric train display and more. I can comfortably say that there is something at Miami’s Auto Museum at the Dezer Collection for everyone. Personally, I cannot wait to go back and explore even more of this incredible museum.
The Miami Museum at the Dezer Collection
2000 NE 146th Street
North Miami, Florida 33181
Hours of Operations:
Monday thru Sunday
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
|Man Unknowingly Buys Famous Bond Car for $100||
If you think you have heard some amazing stories about luck, then this one will definitely top your list.
In 1989, a man from Long Island, New York, paid $100 for a storage unit. Unbeknownst to him, he had just purchased the world famous, Lotus Espirit from James Bond.
The car, one of Bond’s many famous rides, was used in the 1977 film, ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’. The Lotus had been sitting in a New York container for years, after the film wrapped.
The lucky man certainly didn’t feel lucky at the time – the car had no wheels and a dented hood. It had no wheels because when it was used in the film, it was once fitted with fins.
The now owner of the legendary 1977 Lotus Esprit S1, only realized the magnitude of his lucky find after clarification over CB radio chatter.
The New York Post Report has reported that the car is now on it’s way to the RM Auction in London on the 9th of September.
It is predicted that this Lotus Esprit could fetch round about $1 million at auction! If it so happens, the he Long Islander’s investment of $100 will grow quite a bit!
Another famous bond car, the 1964 Aston Martin from ‘Goldfinger’ fetched an astonishing $4.6 million at auction.
This truly is a tale of straight forward luck – and the soon to be millionaire Long Islander can thank his lucky stars he purchased THAT container!
Check out the video below: Top Gear’s homage to the Lotus excel Submarine –
|Iconic James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Making Big-Screen Return for 007 ‘Skyfall’ Movie||
If you are in anyway a car enthusiast and you happen to enjoy 007 James Bond flicks, then you know of the iconic Aston Martin DB5 that appeared in a number of Bond films. It just so happens that the same model car used in the films will be making a return to the big screen in the latest James Bond 007 installment called Skyfall.
For obvious reasons, since the original Aston Martin DB5 sold at auction for £2.9 million ($4.6 million usd) in 2010, the same vehicle in the original movies will not be used. Instead, another Aston Martin DB5 will be sporting the ‘BMT 216A’ plates making a debut in the Skyfall movie.
Staring Daniel Craig as James Bond, Skyfall will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 007 movie franchise. Currently no specific details on the plot have been revealed other than an MI6 comes under attack and 007 must destroy the threat. If anything, seeing Bond behind the wheel of a rare Aston Martin DB5 will be enough for all of us at AutomotiveAddicts.com to check out the newest James Bond film.
Skyfall is set for a release date at local theaters on November 9, 2012.
[source: IMDB, thesun]