007-themed limited edition to feature machine guns, smoke screens and revolving numberplates
14 May 2019

When Aston Martin announced that it was planning to create 25 ‘continuation’ replicas of the DB5 used in the James Bond film Goldfinger, the big question was how it would deliver on the original car’s huge tally of gadgets. Now the firm’s Works Division has shown us several of the gadgets under development in the programme, led by Academy Award-winning special-effects creator and Bond film veteran Chris Corbould. 

While the finished cars, which will be delivered to customers next year, will have more features, we have been shown three: the replica machine guns that will pop out from behind the front indicator lights, the oil-spray system that deploys from behind the taillights and the smoke screen. 

Paul Spires, Works Division’s president, confirmed that the finished cars will also have rotating numberplates, a sliding ‘bulletproof’ rear deflector and a representation of the original DB5’s famous ejector seat, although one that won’t actually be capable of firing passengers out of the car. A simulated radar tracking screen and an identical centre console to the film car’s will also feature. 

Corbould said he had to think “for about a second and a half” when asked to work on the project, but admitted that 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.” 

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There was also the need to consider health and safety. Although the Goldfinger DB5s won’t be road legal, Spires said that 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 explained. 

Corbould has worked on every Bond film with the exception of Octopussy since The Spy Who Loved Me, and admits to working on the forthcoming 25th outing of the franchise. 

The decision to produce a corresponding 25 of the Goldfinger cars – each priced at £3.3 million including VAT – suggests we can expect to see 007’s long-running connection with Aston continue.

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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.

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