The cost of getting one is $3.5 million

Aston Martin and EON Productions are teaming up to recreate arguably one of the most iconic movie cars of all time: James Bond’s DB5 from the movie Goldfinger. The British automaker and the production company in charge of producing Bond movies will recreate the legendary DB5 as part of Aston’s continuation series. Only 25 units of the DB5 will be built, but each one of them will come with all the gizmos and gadgetry that 007 himself had at his disposal in the classic 1964 movie.

Aston Martin Plans To Build James Bond's DB5 From Goldfinger, Complete With All The Gadgets
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Each of the 25 continuation models that Aston Martin and EON Productions are building won’t be road legal.

Before you get gassed out because of too much excitement, it’s important to remember that each of the 25 continuation models that Aston Martin and EON Productions are building won’t be road legal. That means that even if you buy one, you won’t be able to show off the DB5’s revolving license plates out in public. Still, it’s not often that a car like this is offered, which makes that much more appealing.

The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond is something of which we are very proud, and it is remarkable that the DB5 remains the definitive James Bond car after so many years,” Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said. “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, that is 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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All 25 units will be painted in the same Silver Birch color scheme as the original model

That shouldn’t be an issue for fans of the James Bond movie franchise, a lot of whom grew up seeing the Bond’s tricked out DB5 in action. The continuation models won’t have the same provenance as the original cars used in the movie, but they’ll come pretty close. For instance, all 25 units will be painted in the same Silver Birch color scheme as the original model. Likewise, all the gadgets and armaments will also be included, including the aforementioned revolving license plates and a host of others. Aston Martin didn’t specify what other gadgets will be featured in the continuation series, but if this is going to be as true to the original movie car as the company says it is, we can at least expect the machine gun barrels, the hideaway tracking computer in the dash, the door-mounted car phone, and, of course, the ejector seat. Don’t expect some of these gadgets to be functional, though, because Aston Martin’s not selling you a weapon on four wheels. Still wouldn’t it be cool to see how those ejector seats really work?

To keep the DB5 continuation series as slick and as authentic as possible, Aston Martin Works will be working at Newport Pagnell, a town in Milton Keys, England where the original DB5s were produced back in the 1960s.

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Each unit will cost £2.75 million, which converts to around $3.5 million based on current exchange rates

With just 25 models available, expect the DB5 continuation models to be as sought after as any Aston Martin model in recent history. Each unit will cost £2.75 million, which converts to around $3.5 million based on current exchange rates. Customer deliveries are expected to begin sometime in 2020. For the lucky 25 owners of the DB5 continuation series, $3.5 million is a small price to pay for the chance at owning a James Bond-approved Aston Martin DB5. It may not be the original models used in the movie, but it’s as close as it’s going to get to them.

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Press release

20 August 2018, Gaydon: The iconic Aston Martin DB5 is back, thanks to a unique collaboration between Aston Martin and EON Productions, the company that produces the James Bond films.

Following the successful DB4 G.T. continuation project, a series of 25 Goldfinger DB5 continuation editions*, will be created for customers by Aston Martin Works and EON Productions. The Goldfinger DB5 continuation will be based on James Bond’s legendary car from 1964 and built by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell – the original home of the DB5. They will be authentic reproductions of the DB5 seen on screen, with some sympathetic modifications to ensure the highest levels of build quality and reliability.

This authenticity will extend to include functioning gadgets such as revolving number plates and more, which were made famous in Goldfinger. The gadgets will be co-developed with Oscar®-winner Chris Corbould, special effects supervisor from the James Bond films. Officially sanctioned by Aston Martin and EON Productions, all the Goldfinger edition cars will be produced to one specification – Silver Birch paint – just like the original.

The most instantly recognisable car of all-time, the DB5 made its first appearance in the third James Bond movie, Goldfinger, alongside Sean Connery as James Bond. Laden with gadgets and armaments installed by Q Branch, the secret agent’s Aston Martin became an instant hit with moviegoers.

Since its seminal appearance in Goldfinger the DB5 has featured in a further six James Bond movies: Thunderball (1965), again with Connery; GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) with Pierce Brosnan and three appearances alongside Daniel Craig in Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). James Bond and his DB5 have become two icons of popular culture and one of the most successful and enduring movie partnerships of all-time.

Such was its popularity, the DB5’s movie debut even spawned a Corgi die-cast model, an astonishing 2.5m of which were sold in its first year of production (1965). 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, plus another to be auctioned for charity.

Andy Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aston Martin, said: “The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond is something of which we are very proud and it is remarkable that the DB5 remains the definitive James Bond car after so many years. 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, that is 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.”

Paul Spires, Managing Director at Aston Martin Works, added of the Goldfinger DB5 continuation editions: “The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond originated more than half a century ago. Creating 25 Goldfinger DB5 continuations and working with EON Productions and special effects supervisor, Chris Corbould, is something truly unique and a real career highlight for everyone involved here at Aston Martin Works.”

Each Goldfinger DB5 continuation car will be priced at £2.75m plus taxes. First deliveries to customers will commence in 2020.

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