The 1964 Silver Birch DB5 driven by James Bond for the first time in Goldfinger has become an extension of the character himself and a symbol of so much more than a brand. Dubbed the most iconic car of all time, Aston Martin announced their plans to recreate James Bond’s iconic silver DB5, complete with gadgets.
At the London Classic Car Show, Aston Martin Works’ President Paul Spires showcased the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation.
The British company worked in cooperation with EON Production to put together 25 examples of the iconic sports car at the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England. This is the very same place where the original was manufactured between 1963 and 1965. These DB5s are special, though: they’re built to the exact same spec as the DB5 from the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger. In the announcement last August, Aston said that the continuation DB5s would have all the gadgets from the movie car.
The inside of these iconic cars are to be very similar to that of the car in the 007 movie. The cars seen in Goldfinger had a vast array of gadgetry from Q Branch, some of which simply aren’t practical, or possible, to include in cars destined for the public. Yes, we’re talking about that ejector seat, can you imagine having an argument with your partner and ejecting them out of the car on the M25. The interior will have a radar tracking screen, telephone in the inside of the driver’s door, hidden compartment for storing your weapons, switchgear on the centre console for all gadgets and a teaser ejector button on the gear stick.
On the outside, there are revolving license plates, front and rear battering rams, a bullet shield aft of the rear window that can be raised, and both an oil-slick system and a smokescreen system capable of shooting out of the taillights. But the best may be the simulated machine guns mounted at the front of the car. The key term here is simulated—they don’t actually shoot bullets (obviously).
Since its seminal appearance in Goldfinger the DB5 has featured in a further six James Bond movies: Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). James Bond and his DB5 have become two icons of pop culture and one of the most successful and enduring movie partnerships of all-time.
Each of these Goldfinger DB5 continuation cars will be priced at £2.75m. Do you think they’d accept an IOU?
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