Up for Auction; The $250k James Bond Barrel-Rolling AMC Hornet
Would you Spend a Quarter of a Million Dollars on a Modified AMC Hornet?
Would you spend between $250,000 and $350,000 on an AMC Hornet? Didn’t think so. But what if I told you that this particular AMC Hornet was used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun? Totally different story now, right?
At the end of this month, Auctions America will be auctioning off the car in Auburn, Indiana, and they reckon it will fetch between $250,000 and $350,000. The barrel-rolling AMC was one of two cars that were heavily modified to be used in the movie. After filming concluded, the car was added to the private collection of Jay Milligan, the movie’s stunt driver. The car is now being auctioned by his son and is described as being in “as-jumped condition”.
The famous scene is praised as being the first movie stunt to have used computer simulations, allowing for just one take. Raymond McHenry, the computer engineer behind the software, created it to improve road safety. After the roll was performed by Milligan in 1972, the rights to the software were sold to the Bond film’s producers so that they could use it to roll the AMC Hornet in the film.