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.