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​Aston Martin to build 25 James Bond DB5 replicas, with all of 007's toys

​Aston Martin to build 25 Jame...
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: sold for UK£2.9 million back in 2010
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: sold for UK£2.9 million back in 2010
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One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: machine guns pop out of the lights
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One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: machine guns pop out of the lights
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: inside the trunk was not pretty
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One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: inside the trunk was not pretty
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: pop-up bulletproof screen
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One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: pop-up bulletproof screen
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: rotating number plates gave Bond his choice of national identities
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One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: rotating number plates gave Bond his choice of national identities
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: roof could blow off to enable the passenger-side ejector seat
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One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: roof could blow off to enable the passenger-side ejector seat
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: crude GPS tracker
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One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: crude GPS tracker
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: extending tire slashers
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One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: extending tire slashers
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: sold for UK£2.9 million back in 2010
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One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: sold for UK£2.9 million back in 2010
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: phones had curly cords back then
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One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: phones had curly cords back then
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: center console controls
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One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: center console controls
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: rear view
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One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: rear view
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: interior
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One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: interior
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: commands big money on the auction scene
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One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: commands big money on the auction scene

Prices for original DB5s used in movies like Goldfinger are now high enough to leave one shaken as well as stirred, so Aston Martin is making a series of limited edition, non street-legal replicas with all the gadgetry Q fitted to the cars in the movies.

Working with Bond film producers EON productions, Aston Martin will be building 25 1964-spec DB5s, painting them in Silver Birch and then kitting them out with faithful reproductions of the original spy gadgets 007 used in Goldfinger.

Thus, the license plate will be a revolving unit with three phony plates to choose from, while the center console will flip up to reveal switches for smoke bombs, oil slicks, a rear bulletproof screen and twin wing-mounted machine guns, which will all do … something? It's hard to imagine exactly what, as there's currently almost zero details about exactly which props will be included and what level of functionality they'll enjoy.

One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: interior
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: interior

The Goldfinger car also had that flip-up gearshift lever cap with a red button on it that flipped back the roof and fired the passenger side ejector seat – we suspect that will end up just being a button.

There were also extending tire slashers – always a favorite – and a crude GPS tracker built into the dash that must've seemed incredibly futuristic in the 1960s, but which everyone carries around in their pockets these days. Likewise the hidden telephone in the door, complete with a curly cord. It's quite a time capsule.

One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: roof could blow off to enable the passenger-side ejector seat
One of the original Goldfinger prop cars: roof could blow off to enable the passenger-side ejector seat

As the cars that started the whole Aston-Bond relationship – as well as the first tricked-out spy cars Bond ever drove – the originals are commanding some pretty silly money at auction.

With first deliveries slated for 2020, these replicas will command some pretty silly money themselves. You'll be paying £2.75 million (US$3.5 million) apiece, plus taxes, for a car that can't be driven on the road. Worse still, you've got to bring your own Pussy Galore. Still, as Sean Connery would say, for the right buyer this car would be a shite for shore eyesh.

Jump into the gallery to see some more of the original prop cars' gadgets.

Source: Aston Martin

3 comments
owlbeyou
It never dawned on me how impossibly tricky it is to have a tire slasher bar coming out of the rear wheels of a fully functioning rear axle, till I saw your up-close images. That's a lot of money for a non-street legal car. It's actually absurd. That may mean it's a choice between real working gadgets or a real working car. They should call this the Vagabond Edition. : )
klavaza
Obviously these are not for a shy or empty wallet, rather, are for the hardcore collector
DFrancis
"a shite for shore eyesh". Shouldn't the spelling be "a shight for shore eyesh", especially given that shite is an expletive in Britain. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/shite