James Bond’s Gadget-Filled Goldfinger Aston Martin Just Sold For $6.38 Million

1965 Aston Martin DB5 "Bond Car"
1965 Aston Martin DB5 "Bond Car"
Simon Clay ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

There are a lot of famous Hollywood cars, including Back to the Future’s DeLorean, K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider, and The Dukes of Hazzard’s General Lee. But none are more renowned than James Bond’s collection of gadget-filled Aston Martins. In 1963, Eon Productions commissioned four Aston Martin DB5 models: two for Goldfinger (1964) and two to promote Thunderball (1965).

Like its DB4 predecessor, the DB5 was named after Sir David Brown, the owner of Aston Martin from 1947 to 1972. In Goldfinger, Sean Connery's 007 drives—and eventually crashes—the vehicle during a high-speed chase, where it gets covered in a hail of bullets. But Bond manages to kill five people before ruining the ride, making it the deadliest Aston Martin in Bond movie history (so far).

The vehicle in the movie came equipped with more than a dozen MI6-worthy modifications, like rotating registration plates, a smoke screen, and dual machine guns up front. In real life, the Aston Martin boasts all of those features plus oil slick dispensers, an ejector seat, and bullet-resistant glass.

On August 16, 2019, as Jalopnik reports, one of the three remaining “Goldfinger specified” DBs—this one restored in 2012—sold for a whopping $6.38 million at RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, California, becoming the most expensive Aston Martin DB5 in the world. (For comparison: another Goldfinger DB5 sold for $4.1 million in 2010.)

For those who want to know more about Bond’s Aston Martins—or the super-spy's various modes of transportation in general—check out the "Drive to a Kill" database below. The data, gathered and analyzed by UK-based leasing specialists Leasing Options, painstakingly breaks down the use of Bond’s cars, planes, and boats into kills, crashes, explosions, and air time.

Clocking in at 10 minutes and 21 seconds, the Goldfinger car had the most screen time of any of Bond's Aston Martins. Various models of the cars appeared in 10 Bond movies, most recently in 2015’s Spectre (though that car didn't leave a body count in its wake, which is part of what makes the Goldfinger model much more famous).

[h/t Jalopnik]

Mifflin Madness: Who Is the Greatest Character on The Office? It's Time to Vote

Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.
Steve Carell, as Michael Scott, hands out a well-deserved Dundie Award on The Office.

Your years of watching (and re-watching) The Office, which just celebrated its 15th anniversary, have all led up to this moment. Welcome to Mifflin Madness—Mental Floss's cutthroat competition to determine The Office's greatest character. Is Michael Scott the boss you most love to hate? Or did Kevin Malone suck you in with his giant pot of chili?

You have 24 hours to cast your vote for each round on Twitter before the bracket is updated and half of the chosen characters are eliminated.

The full bracket is below, followed by the round one and round two winners. You can cast your round three vote(s) here. Be sure to check back on Monday at 4 p.m. ET to see if your favorite Dunder Mifflin employee has advanced to the next round. 

Round One

Round Two

Round Three

The Office Planned to Break Up Jim and Pam in the Final Season—Then (Smartly) Thought Better of It

Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski star in The Office.
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Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly's relationship in The Office was truly a romance for the ages. Fans were delighted when, in Season 3—after years of flirting—John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer’s characters finally got together. But an alternative plan for the show’s ninth and final season saw the couple going their separate ways.

Season 9 saw one of the most stressful storylines the show had to offer when Jim took a job in Philadelphia and Pam struggled to take care of their children on her own back in Scranton, putting intense strain on their otherwise seemingly perfect relationship. In one unforgettable scene, a particularly tense phone call between the couple ends with Pam in tears. Fischer’s character then turns to someone off camera named Brian for advice.

As Collider reports, Pam and Jim's relationship could have taken a turn for worse in the final season—and the writers had planned it that way. As recounted in Andy Greene's new book, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, series creator Greg Daniels sat down with each of the show's stars before starting the final season to discuss where their characters would go. John Krasinski, who played Jim, pitched the idea of putting Jim and Pam’s relationship on thin ice. According to Krasinski:

"My whole pitch to Greg was that we’ve done so much with Jim and Pam, and now, after marriage and kids, there was a bit of a lull there, I think, for them about what they wanted to do … And I said to Greg, ‘It would be really interesting to see how that split will affect two people that you know so well.'"

Several writers weighed in with ideas about how they might handle a split between Jim and Pam from a narrative standpoint—though not everyone was on the same page.

Warren Lieberstein, a writer on the series, remembered when the idea of bringing Brian—the documentary crew's boom operator—into the mix. “[This] was something that came up in Season 5, I think," Lieberstein said. "What if that character had been secretly there the entire time and predated the relationship with Jim and had been a shoulder that she cried on for years?’ It just seemed very intriguing." Apparently, the writers thought breaking the fourth wall would jeopardize the show, so they saved it for the last season.

Writer Owen Ellickson said there was even some talk of Pam and Brian “maybe hooking up a little bit," but the negative response to the storyline led the writers to "pull the ripcord on [Pam and Jim's separation] because it was so painful to fans of the show." Ellickson said that they backtracked so quickly, they even had to re-edit certain episodes that had already been shot to nix the idea of Jim and Pam splitting up. Which is something the show's millions of fans will be forever grateful for.