James Bond fans can finally add to their stable one of 25 “Goldfinger” DB5 continuation cars being built by Aston Martin, with all the gadgets and gizmos included.
Thanks to a unique collaboration between the British sports car manufacturer and EON Productions – the company responsible for producing the James Bond movie franchise – the classic DB5 is being brought back to life at Aston Martin Works, Newport Pagnell, which was the original home of the DB5.
The 25 examples being produced by Aston Martin will be equipped with all the same gadgets as the car in “Goldfinger,” with a few ‘sympathetic modifications’ to ensure this reproduction conforms to the company’s standards of build quality and reliability.
Unlike the original production DB5s, this limited run will include all the gadgets and armaments installed by Q Branch in the movie, which helped make the secret agent’s Aston Martin an instant hit with moviegoers.
Gizmos such as revolving number plates will be functional, though Bond’s machine guns will not be included. The gadgets will be developed along with Oscar-winner Chris Corbould, the special effects supervisor from the James Bond franchise. The car will only come in one colour – Silver Birch, just like 007’s.
Since making its debut with Sean Connery in the 1964 film “Goldfinger,” the DB5 has made a further six appearances in Bond films. Connery was behind the wheel again in “Thunderball” in 1965, while Pierce Brosnan took over for “GoldenEye” in 1995 and “Tomorrow Never Dies” in 1997. The car has also made three appearances alongside Daniel Craig in “Casino Royale” in 2006, “Skyfall” in 2012 and “Spectre” in 2015.
Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Andy Palmer, says of the project: “The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond is something of which we are very proud and it is remarkable that the DB5 remains the definitive James Bond car after so many years. To own an Aston Martin has long been an aspiration for James Bond fans, but to own a Silver Birch DB5, complete with gadgets and built to the highest standards in the very same factory as the original James Bond cars? Well, that is surely the ultimate collectors’ fantasy.”
28 cars will be produced in total, of which one will go to Aston Martin, one to EON Productions, and one to be auctioned for charity.
Of course, there’s no such thing as a cheap Aston Martin. The “Goldfinger” continuation cars will start delivery to customers in 2020, and will each cost £2.75 million (S$4.84 million) plus taxes.