Check out the Goldfinger DB5 in action.
Last summer, Aston Martin announced the rebirth of an icon: the DB5. And not just any DB5, either. The latest car in Aston Martin’s Continuation Series is inspired by the DB5 driven by James Bond in Goldfinger, arguably one of the most famous cars in the world. Best of all, it even comes complete with working gadgets. If you grew up watching Goldfinger back in 1965, this is a dream come true. Eight months after the project was first announced, the Aston Martin has shared a new video showing some of the Goldfinger DB5 Continuation car's gadgets in action.
The first prototype is currently being developed with the help of movie special effects legend Chris Corbould to test and develop the car’s arsenal of working gadgets, which will include revolving front and rear license plates, a rear smoke screen delivery system, and simulated twin front machine guns as seen in the film.
"The main challenge has been to recreate the gadgets from the film world and transfer them into a consumer product,” said Corbould. "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.”
Aston Martin says each of the 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. Production will be limited to 25 examples, each priced at around $3.5 million.
Customer deliveries are slated to start in 2020, which is also the same year the next James Bond film will release. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the swathe British spy, and reports suggest he will get behind the wheel of an electric Aston Martin Rapide E.