Designed by the Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, and built by Aston Martin, the DB series named for Sir David Brown, had been a niche luxury grand tourer until it appeared in James Bond’s Goldfinger where it shot to mass cultural consciousness.
Throughout the James Bond series of films and novels, the vehicles often assigned to Bond to battle his enemies played a huge role in the narrative. Equipped with numerous modifications including outlandish weapons and elaborate anti-pursuit systems, 007 fans had often wanted (but understood) that such an equipped classic car wouldn’t necessarily be road legal. But now, there is much reason to rejoice, Aston Martin is re-issuing, in 25 limited edition “continuation models” the Goldfinger-inspired DB5 replica complete with machine guns. Yes, they will be sale starting next year.
“The main challenge has been to recreate the gadgets from the film world and transfer them into a consumer product,” – Corbould, James Bond designer
Taking inspiration from 1964’s Goldfinger, the British car manufacturer announced that they have started building 25 continuation cars of the iconic DB5 sports car. Working together with EON Production, producers of the original Bond films, designers on the series worked with Aston Martin to create Goldfinger authentic iconic sports car at the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England.
This $3.75 million automobile will come with a rear smoke screen delivery system, rear simulated oil slick delivery system, revolving number plates front and rear, non-functional twin front machine guns, bullet resistant rear shield, and battering rams at either end of the car.
Adding on, its interior will house simulated radar screen tracker map, a phone in the driver’s door, gear knob actuator button, armrest and center console-mounted switchgear, storage space for weapons under the seats, and optional ejector seat. Designed by Corbould and Aston Martin, the team has definitely redefine the definition of cool and exclusive.
“The main challenge has been to recreate the gadgets from the film world and transfer them into a consumer product,” Corbould comments. “We have license in the film world to ‘cheat’ different aspects under controlled conditions. For instance, we might have four different cars to accommodate four different gadgets. We obviously don’t have that luxury on these DB5s as all the gadgets have to work in the same car all the time.”
Following its announcement, Aston Martin released its video showing the progress of the smoke screen, oil slick and machine guns. While it is equipped with such gadgets, the 25 car owners will not be able to drive it on public roads.