Hitman attempts to take down target using car fitted with James Bond-style machine guns
The scene from Goldfinger where Sean Connery activates the tiny machine guns hidden behind the front indicators of his DB5 almost became a reality earlier this week.
Radovan Krejcir, a Czech fugitive living in Johannesburg, was the victim of an audacious murder attempt when a hitman opened fire on his vehicle using machine guns mounted behind the rear number plate of a stolen VW Polo.> Amazingly, Mr Krejcir emerged from his vehicle unscathed thanks to his Mercedes being fitted with bulletproof glass and other ballistic protection.
The attack was said to be related to a turf war where battles over drugs, fraud schemes and other illegal endeavours are fairly commonplace in Johannesburg's criminal underworld.
The stolen red Polo was parked outside Mr Krejcir's gold and diamonds pawn shop at the time of the incident.
He believes someone knew where he always parked, positioned the gun-fitted VW for the hit and then triggered it from a distance.
Around 10 bullets peppered the drivers-side window but according to The Daily Mail, he was out of the vehicle at that point, talking on his phone.
"All my life is like James Bond stuff," Mr Krejcir told a local news broadcaster EyeWitness News, "So it's usual stuff for me ... It's how I live my life."
The Independent stated that South African police had confirmed the VW Polo car was reported stolen back in April but no one has been arrested in conjunction with the assassination attempt.
"At this stage we are not sure who or what detonated the device as well as who parked the vehicle on the premises," said police spokesman, Lungelo Dlamini.
"No one has been arrested yet and the motive for an attempted murder is being investigated," he added.
Despite his near-death experience, Mr Krejcir was back at work the very next day which also happens to be the scene of the crime.
The video report below shows scenes of the aftermath