A podcast with a mission and a $100,000 reward, hosted by Elizabeth Hurley (Austin Powers, Bedazzled, The Royals) takes listeners on an eight-part mission to recover ‘The Most Famous Car in the World’.
From the SPYSCAPE Podcast Network, The Great James Bond Car Robbery is an extraordinary true heist story featuring rock stars, designers, art detectives and thieves.
The Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’ is almost as famous as the spy who owned it. Worth today in excess of $25 million, the iconic vehicle with the chassis tag DP/216/1 was fitted with ejector seats, machine guns, tyre-shredders and quickly became The Most Famous Car in the World.
After the film’s release the car was passed from collector to collector, its value and celebrity growing every year.
Florida real estate developer Anthony Pugliese III bought the car at a Sotheby’s auction in 1986, had it insured for sixteen times what he paid for it, and stashed it away inside a private jet hangar at Boca Raton Airport.
Then, on June 19, 1997, it vanished, and hasn’t been seen since. Host Elizabeth Hurley takes listeners on a mission to track down this legendary car and claim the $100,000 reward.
Elizabeth said: “I’m a huge fan of James Bond so I’m excited to share this fascinating heist story. I hope this podcast will intrigue 007 fans everywhere and help shine light on the mystery and see the Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 returned after all this time.”
The series delves into the murky, obsessive world of international automobile dealers, collectors and criminals, to uncover what really happened to the ultimate cultural icon – exploring its remarkable history, its creators, and the obsession it inspires.
Leading the investigation is Christopher A. Marinello of Art Recovery International who specializes in recovering stolen treasures. For Christopher, it’s personal: he has spent over a decade on the trail of the treasure he calls his “white whale”. Christopher also reveals the intriguing new lead he has about the car’s current location.
The podcast dramatizes the events that allegedly unfolded at the private jet hangar in Florida in 1997 with testimony from the original investigators.
How was the robbery staged? How were the alarms not triggered? Why didn’t the guards witness anything? How do you fly a plane full of DB5 into the Florida sky without anyone noticing? The Great James Bond Car Robbery examines the evidence, digging into some of the more outlandish theories and re-opens the original case file to look for new leads.
The DB5 remains the most frequently featured, instantly recognisable and beloved car in EON’s James Bond film franchise, appearing in Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). The DB5 returns in 007’s latest adventure, No Time To Die, scheduled for release 30 September in the UK and 8 October in the US.
The Great James Bond Car Robbery is launched today (18 August) on Apple and all major channels.