Currently reading: Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation makes public debut
The £3.3m 007-themed limited edition, featuring machine guns, smoke screens and revolving numberplates, is being shown at the Salon Privé
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6 July 2020

Aston Martin has displayed its first DB5 Continuation model, built to celebrate the British marque's long-running connection with James Bond, for the first time in public at the Salon Privé.

The first DB5 Aston Martin to built in more than 50 years, the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation was created in association with Bond filmmaker EON productions. Just 25 cars will be built to mark the release of Bond's 25th outing, No Time to Die, with each featuring replica versions of the gadgets seen in the 1964 film.

Rotating numberplates, an oil spray system that deploys from behind the tail-lights and a smoke screen are joined by 'machine guns' that pop out from the front bumper, a 'bulletproof' rear deflector that raises from the boot, front and rear battering rams, and simulated tyre slashers. A removable roof panel representing the original DB5’s famous ejector seat, albeit one that isn't actually capable of firing passengers out of the car, is an optional inclusion.

Inside, the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation is an exact match for the screen car, with an armrest that disguises the gadget switchgear, a simulated radar screen in the centre console, an under-seat weapons tray and a telephone in the driver's door, along with a flip-up gear knob. 

More than 4500 hours went into construction, with each car receiving original body panels and a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated in-line six-cylinder engine that produces 290bhp. It is mated to a five-speed transmission and the rear axle features a mechanical limited-slip differential, although the continuation cars aren't road-legal.

“To see the first customer car finished, and realise that this is the first new DB5 we have built in more than half a century, really is quite a moment," Paul Spires, head of Aston Martin Works, said.

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When the company first announced that it was planning 25 continuation replicas of the DB5 used in the Goldfinger film, the big question was how it would deliver on the original car’s huge tally of gadgets. Ahead of production, the firm’s Works Division revealed several of the gadgets under development in the programme, led by Academy Award-winning special-effects creator and Bond film veteran Chris Corbould. 

Corbould said he had to think “for about a second and a half” when asked to work on the project, but admitted there have been serious challenges in making features that are both convincing and repeatable. 

“If we were doing an oil slick in a film, then we could fill the boot with equipment and put out about 50 litres in a couple of seconds,” he said. “Here, it has to fit into a much smaller space and it has to be able to work again and again.” 

There was also the need to consider health and safety. Although the Goldfinger DB5s aren't road legal, Spires said the company does have to make sure they won’t harm anyone. “We have had to make all of this work within the limitations of health and safety,” he said. 

Corbould has worked on every Bond film with the exception of Octopussy since The Spy Who Loved Me, including the forthcoming 25th outing of the franchise, where the DB5 will make its latest cinema appearance.

All 25 of the Goldfinger cars – priced at £3.3 million including VAT – have reportedly been sold. Customer deliveries will continue through the second half of 2020.

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14 May 2019

Scraping the bottom of the barrel with this

14 May 2019
brian245 wrote:

Scraping the bottom of the barrel with this

As Meatloaf would say " you took the words right out of my mouth"..

14 May 2019

I get that in the $2M+ market that buyers want collectibles. Hence the endless "Ltd Edition" Bugattis and Ferraris, the value of their dynamic or aesthetic qualities being occasionally questionable. So there's a business case and news-generating value for sure.

But, like the toe-curling Range Range Astronaut nonsense of last week, and now this, there is a chance that car enthusiasts' shed a tear with each of these barrel-scraping marketing-led ideas. A track-only Ferrari makes some sense but for a 60s Aston with Bond-gadgets to be limited in the same way is, I fear, going to lead to a backlash. Ultra-wealthy Top Trumps-style multi-millionaire collectors may be happy but these "continuation" cars may, in future, become as unfashionable as all those retromodern cars from 15-20 years ago.

14 May 2019

seems they're making a bigger version for rich folk.

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14 May 2019

....clearly people have much more money than sense to spend this on a non road-legal car.

I agree with brian245, and Hughbl sentiments exactly. Aston Martin have been shamelessly milking the DB5 connection with James Bond plc for 55 years....this one takes the biscuit.

Did they all sit round the table and start the conversation with somethin like "now, how can we extract some serious cash from these gullible dickheads"?

15 May 2019
289 wrote:

....clearly people have much more money than sense to spend this on a non road-legal car.

I agree with brian245, and Hughbl sentiments exactly. Aston Martin have been shamelessly milking the DB5 connection with James Bond plc for 55 years....this one takes the biscuit.

Did they all sit round the table and start the conversation with somethin like "now, how can we extract some serious cash from these gullible dickheads"?

 

Well, perhaps those who espouse these  views are missing two key points...these cars will find buyers and it has cost you nothing and have you considered that the revenue this provides, helps to ensure the continuation of this marque and future models that we can all enjoy?.

14 May 2019

It might be the other way round - some wealthy customers might have brought the idea to Aston Martin. And having thought about it, if it means AM can invest the cash in fabulous new cars I shouldn't begrudge them it.

6 July 2020

You'd think that some of the moaners on here were being asked to pay for them out of their own pockets. If there is a demand (and quite clearly there was) and Aston can earn some much needed revenue then why not? 

6 July 2020
Leslie Brook wrote:

You'd think that some of the moaners on here were being asked to pay for them out of their own pockets. If there is a demand (and quite clearly there was) and Aston can earn some much needed revenue then why not? 

Totally agree!  some people like Gold plated bath taps, do they fill the bath any better? no but if you can afford them and want them its your business.

That is the trouble with the internet today, its overpopulated with 'socialists'

6 July 2020

Agree, is it jealousy or a touch of, the idiots came out tonight and posted, Aston Martin milked the Bond connection, Ummm, yes, why not, having their cars in the vast majority of the Bond films for over 50 years, gives them free advertising, gives the company a panache, a reputation, and it was not Astons Idea, it was EON Productions, and when the Broccolis come calling, you listen, after all they have produced the most successful film franchise in History, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Corgi have "milked" that for the last decades too, but then if a product sells, then why not, this at £3.3m has sold out, great, money for Aston, Advertising for Aston, more DB5's on the market, I just do not understand the moaners, some things are available to everyone, some not these are not, but they have sold them all, and good for them.

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