Bond fans can now look forward to driving one of the most iconic sports cars in the world, the Aston Martin DB5 featured in the film Goldfinger. The historic British carmaker Aston Martin is producing 25 new Goldfinger DB5s cars that – aside from being remarkable as new-build DB5s – will also feature an exciting array of working gadgets first seen on screen in the classic James Bond adventure Goldfinger. In addition, all the Goldfinger edition cars will be produced to one exterior colour specification – Silver Birch paint – just like the original.
The cars are being made in partnership with the James Bond film producer, Eon Productions, and Chris Corbould, a special effects expert who created many of the effects for the Bond film franchise.
Chris explained: “The main challenge has been to recreate the gadgets from the film world and transfer them into a consumer product. We have licence in the film world to ‘cheat’ different aspects under controlled conditions. For instance, we might have four different cars to accommodate four different gadgets. We obviously don’t have that luxury on these DB5s as all the gadgets have to work in the same car all the time.”
The DB5 featured in the Goldfinger film included all manner of ‘non-standard’ equipment supplied by Q Branch, from battering rams that emerged out of the front bumper to a retractable bullet-proof rear screen and oil slick delivery system. Subject to final engineering approval, the list of Bond-inspired gadgets will include these features familiar to viewers of the classic 1964 big screen hit.
Rear smoke screen delivery system
Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
Simulated twin front machine guns
Bullet resistant rear shield
Battering rams front and rear
Simulated radar screen tracker map
Telephone in driver’s door
Gear knob actuator button
Armrest and centre console-mounted switchgear
Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
“As work progresses on these remarkable cars, it’s both exciting and a little sobering to think that we are truly making history here.”Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works
“Creating 25 Goldfinger DB5 continuations and working with EON Productions and special effects supervisor, Chris Corbould, is something truly unique and a real career highlight for everyone involved here at Aston Martin Works,” he added.
Each Goldfinger DB5 continuation car will be priced at $ 3.5m plus taxes. First deliveries to customers will commence in 2020.