Aston Martin Lagonda Limited (Aston Martin) is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars. It was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. The firm became associated with luxury grand touring cars in the 1950s and 1960s, with the fictional character James Bond driving the iconic DB5 model in the 1964 film Goldfinger.
Aston Martin has enjoyed long periods of success and stability, particularly under the ownership of David Brown, from 1947 to 1972 and of the Ford Motor Company from 1994 to 2007. In March 2007, a consortium of investors led by Prodrive boss David Richards purchased 90% of Aston Martin for £479 million, with Ford retaining a £40 million stake.