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Bond’s DB5 lives! Aston Martin to build 25 big-bucks copies

  • Aston Martin and Eon to create 25 Goldfinger DB5 cars
  • Working gadgets to be developed for inclusion
  • Cars to be assembled at original home of the DB5
DB5 LIVES AGAIN: Image: Aston Martin / Newspress
DB5 LIVES AGAIN: Image: Aston Martin / Newspress

GAYDON, England –  The iconic Aston Martin DB5 is back, thanks to a collaboration by automaker Aston Martin and Eon Productions, maker of the ‘James Bond’ films.

Following the successful DB4 GT continuation project, a series of 25 Goldfinger DB5 cars will be created for general sale by Aston Martin Works and Eon Productions and be based on James Bond’s car from 1964 and built by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell – the original home of the DB5 – in central England.

They will be authentic reproductions of the DB5 as seen on screen and include some sympathetic modifications to ensure the highest levels of build quality and reliability.

DB5 LIVES AGAIN: Image: Aston Martin / Newspress
DB5 LIVES AGAIN: The real James Bond – Sean Connery – with an original Aston Martin DB5 as used in the movies. Image: Aston Martin / Newspress

This authenticity will extend to functioning gadgets such as revolving number plates were made famous in Goldfinger. They will be co-developed with Oscar-winner Chris Corbould, a special effects supervisor from the James Bond films.

INSTANTLY RECOGNISABLE

All the Goldfinger edition cars will be officially sanctioned by Aston Martin and Eon and assembled to one specification with Silver Birch paint – just like the original.

The possibly most instantly recognisable car of all time, the DB5 made its first appearance in the third Bond movie, Goldfinger, alongside Sean Connery as James Bond. It was loaded with gadgets and armaments installed by ‘Q’ Branch and became an instant hit with moviegoers.

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The DB5 featured in seven James Bond movies – including Goldfinger : Thunderball (1965), again with Connery; GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) with Pierce Brosnan as well as three appearances alongside Daniel Craig in Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).

DB5 LIVES AGAIN: Image: Aston Martin / Newspress
DB5 LIVES AGAIN: Probably the most famous brand / model of car yet on the silver screen. Image: Aston Martin / Newspress

James Bond and his DB5 have become icons of popular culture and one of the most successful and enduring of all movie partnerships.

Such was its popularity that the DB5’s movie debut spawned a Corgi die-cast model, an astonishing 2.5-million of which were sold in its first year of production (1965).

FAITHFUL AND AUTHENTIC TRIBUTE

Aston Martin commented: ”No wonder an entire generation of children grew-up aspiring to own an Aston Martin. Now, thanks to the remarkable Goldfinger DB5 continuation project, a fortunate 25 of them can now own a faithful and authentic tribute to that original car.

”A further three cars will be built – one each for Eon and Aston Martin, the third for auction for charity.

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s president and CEO, told The Corner in a media communication: “The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond is something of which we are very proud. It’s remarkable that the DB5 remains the definitive James Bond car after so many years.

‘MAKING THE FANTASY REAL’

”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, thats surely the ultimate collectors’ fantasy.

”The skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin Works and the expert special effects team from the James Bond films are about to make this fantasy real for 25 very lucky customers.”

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Paul Spires, Aston Martin Works’ MD, added: ”The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond originated more than a half-century ago. Creating 25 Goldfinger DB5 continuations and working with Eon and special effects supervisor Chris Corbould is unique and a real career highlight for everyone here at Aston Martin Works.”

Each Goldfinger DB5 continuation car will be priced at £2.75-million (about R49.5-million, Aug 2018), plus taxes, in the UK.

The first units will be delivered in 2020.

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