By Charlie Keegan
BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - It's a mystery which sounds like it's right out of the movies; and it kind of is.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the British release of the James Bond movie "Goldfinger". Boca Raton has a unique connection to the iconic movie.
No James Bond movie is complete without a cool car full of gadgets. And the Aston Martin DB5 in "Goldfinger" was the first car to really wow audiences. "This is the car that really got James Bond into gadgets," explains Myles Kornblatt, the curator of the Miami Auto Museum.
The Dezer Collection at the museum is home to all things James Bond, including a DB5 just like the one from Goldfinger.
But Kornblatt says it isn't the one from the movie; although, it does have a James Bond connection. No one has seen the original gadget car from the movie in 17 years.
"One night, in 1997, in a James Bond-style heist, that car actually disappeared from the hangar," explained Kornblatt.
The owner stored the car in a hangar at the Boca Raton Airport. Frank Fieler, with the Airport Authority, remembers the incident and the car. "It's a car that had a lot of popularity because of it's history and a lot of the gadgets which were installed on the car which were unlike anything that's ever been seen," Fieler said.
The Boca Raton Police Department never found out what happened to the car; the case isn't active anymore. "For it to be hidden away and not even in a museum, where people can look at it, is really not fair," Fieler said.
Enthusiasts are hopeful 007's multi-million dollar car is out there somewhere. "It's the fast car with lots of gadgets. It really helped make him an icon; it really helped make the car an icon," Kornblatt says.
Was it an inside job? Insurance fraud? A random burglary? Sounds like a case for the world's most famous spy.