We get a sneak peek at three of the car’s 007-inspired weapons

The news that Aston Martin is bringing back the DB5 from Goldfinger might have reached your eardrums last year, but in case it hasn’t, here’s the gist: the British carmaker is building 25 Goldfinger DB5 continuation cars that will include working gadgets, just like the one driven by James Bond.

In our humble opinion, the Aston Martin DB5 is one of the coolest cars to ever roam this planet’s asphalt regardless of whether Sean Connery sits on it or not.

Needless to say, the idea of owning a 007-esque Aston Martin DB5 must have piqued the interest of many rich petrolheads, so selling the 25-unit batch won’t be a problem for Aston Martin, despite the fact that each car will cost £2.75 million plus taxes (that’s somewhere in the region of $3.5 million).

Coming back to the matter at hand, Aston Martin has released a YouTube video hosted by James Bond special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, who will talk you through three of the car’s working gadgets. Mr. Corbould has been working closely with the carmaker’s engineers on most of the gadgets, so he’s the go-to guy when it comes to this area. And guess what: three of them are ready to go on the car.

Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 smoke screen

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Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 oil slick

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Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 machine guns

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As you can see, the smoke screen and the oil slick are actually behaving as advertised, yet for obvious safety and legal reasons, the machine guns won’t spit out anything and use lights to replicate the muzzle flash which would normally occur on the real deal.

James Bond Trivia: The Aston Martin DB5 was featured in six other James Bond movies since the first appearance in Goldfinger - Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).

This story, however, has its own bitter irony that future owners will have to face - none of the 25 cars will be road-legal because of the actual gadgets, so we’re guessing those will only be enjoyed on closed tracks.

Aston Martin DB5 by the numbers
Debut 1963, October
Predecessor Aston Martin DB4
Engine 4-liter, twin-cam, straight-six with 3 carburetors
Transmission 6-speed manual
Power 282 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 288 pound-feet @ 3,850 rpm
Top speed 150 mph (241 km/h)
0-60 mph 8s

Or perhaps Aston-Martin plans to build a James Blond playground of sorts, which would act as a firing range or training area. Well, one can dream, right? If not, there’s always the LEGO version, ready to soothe the sorrow.

In any case, deliveries are expected to kick off in early 2020.

Further Reading

1963 - 1967 Aston Martin DB5 Exterior
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Read our full review on the 1963 - 1967 Aston Martin DB5.

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