A New James Bond Aston Martin For $3.5 Million - Battering Rams Included

Alfred Osborne
May 18, 2019

These continuation cars will come with some of Bond's legendary gadgets.

In all, 28 of the James Bond DB5s will be produced, including one that will be kept by Aston Martin, one that will be kept by EON productions, the company that makes Bond movies and is helping to create the cars, and a third that will be auctioned for charity.

Other clever features will include a "smoke screen" device to hide the auto from pursuers and a replica oil squirter to release an imaginary oil slick behind the vehicle. Other gadgets will include a bullet resistant rear shield, battering rams front and rear, a radar screen (simulated), and an under-seat weapons storage tray. Said to be faithful reproductions of the original James Bond Goldfinger auto, each DB5 continuation will come complete with hidden gadgets just like the ones Bond had.

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.

Aston Martin promises that all newly-built cars will be "authentic reproductions of the DB5 seen on screen" featuring some "sympathetic modifications" to ensure they meet the brand's strict requirements for build quality and reliability. But these new gadget-laden cars will not be legal to drive on public roads, Aston Martin said. We obviously don't have that luxury on these DB5's as all the gadgets have to work in the same auto all the time'. Naturally, some of the gadgets, like the guns, will be simulated only.

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'The guns appearing from the front lights were a particular challenge as, in the film world, we are able to use flammable gas mixtures combined with an ignition system to produce a flame and noise effect. They will be assembled according to the original specifications, but at the same time the automaker says they will be identical to the auto seen on the big screen, and that they would meet today's quality and reliability standards.

Lego a year ago launched a 1,290-piece version costing £129.99.

"The most iconic of these is, of course, the DB5 which famously featured in Goldfinger, Thunderball and Goldeneye, as well as Casino Royale and Skyfall".

Paul Spires, president of Aston Martin Works, said: 'As work progresses on these remarkable cars, it's both exciting and a little sobering to think that we are truly making history here'.

Continuation models are a new trend for carmakers with rich heritage. It is now mostly dedicated to restoring classic Aston Martins.

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