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Vintage Aston Martin gathering in Greenwich

James Bond has smashed up a few Aston Martins in his time, but vintage car owners gathered in London today to celebrate how the spy came to the legendary British brand's rescue.

Meeting against the stunning backdrop of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, south east London, the Aston Martin Owners Club marked the 50th anniversary of the DB5.

The model was famously driven by Sir Sean Connery in Goldfinger, the third Bond movie released in 1964, forever linking Aston Martin to the world's most famous secret agent.

Around 20 versions of the DB5 were on display at the meet today, including the classic silver model used in blockbuster Skyfall, the latest Bond instalment.

Judges kitted out in white overalls inspected around 50 Aston Martins on display today, including a pristine model of the DB2, made in 1953 and considered one of the world's first hatchbacks.

This year also marks the centenary of Aston Martin and to celebrate it, all the Bond cars will be put on display in Kensington Palace on July 21.

McCartney's old Aston Martin sells for £307,500

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 previously owned by Sir Paul McCartney. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA

A vintage Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sir Paul McCartney while The Beatles shot to international fame fetched more than £300,000 at auction tonight.

Sir Paul ordered the dark blue sports car in 1964 on the eve of the band's world tour and had it fitted with a black leather interior, Motorola radio and its very own record player.

The Aston Martin sold at a hammer price of £307,500 at a special classic cars auction in Battersea Park.