Are you a fan of James Bond and his gadgets? Would you like the opportunity to own some of those gadgets yourself? Aston Martin is serious about giving you that chance. The sports and luxury car manufacturer is planning to build faithful reproductions of the Aston Martin DB5 that first appeared in the James Bond film Goldfinger, starring Sean Connery. In fact, the models that will be reproduced will have the exact same specs as the model that was used in the film, allowing customers to own a revered piece of James Bond history.
The car will be produced as a partnership between EON Productions, the producer of the James Bond films, and Aston Martin. Twenty-five reproductions will be built, and they will have all the famous gadgets that were in the original 1964 model, including the rotating license plate that fans have come to love.
Coming in 2020
Are you getting excited? Unfortunately, you’ll have to hold your horses for another year. But the original features are worth waiting for. The motor, for example, will have a capacity of 3,995cc and a power of 282 bhp. That motor will deliver a whole 18 mph speed to the car which is the same as 233 kph. And when you’re in a hurry (trying to get away from the police?), you’re fully sorted; this beast can go from 0 to 60 mph in only 7.1 seconds. This may seem laughable by modern standards, but it was cutting-edge technology back in 1964.
And how much are you going to have to cough up for this piece of art? You’ll have to pay at least $3.5 million. But for the James Bond car, many people won’t think twice.
It’s interesting to note that James Bond didn’t even drive an Aston Martin in most of the Ian Fleming books. He drove a 1930 Blower Bentley with a capacity of 4.5 liters. However, at the time of filming, Aston Martin was just developing the DB5 as an improvement to the DB4. The production crew approached Aston Martin about featuring the car in the movie. The company was initially rather reluctant but was eventually coaxed into a product placement deal, with the car being taken around for promotion of the movie. In fact, at the time it was dubbed the “most famous car in the world,” which spurred its sales ever higher.
The first introduction of the Aston Martin DB5, which was produced in 1963, was in Goldfinger in 1964. In the film, the ejector seat was damaged by Bond as he was getting away from Oddjob. Interestingly enough, it made a comeback in the next Bond film, Thunderball, also starring Sean Connery. And that wasn’t even the end. It also saw appearances in a brace of Pierce Brosnan films, GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies, and later in the Daniel Craig Bond films Casino Royale, Skyfall, and Spectre. Fans were happy to see the car in the Daniel Craig films though there was quite a bit of confusion among the more devoted fans as they wondered whether it was the exact same one used in the Connery and Brosnan films.
A match made in heaven
Ever since the car made its first appearance in the Bond films until today, the connection between the car and secret agent .007 has persisted. It’s something of which both the company and Bond lovers all over the world are proud of. It’s become the fantasy of James Bond fans to eventually own an Aston Martin. Collectors will be glad to know they can add this beautiful piece of history to their collections.
Aston Martin assures fans the cars will be made with the exact same high standards that all Aston Martin cars are made and will be made in the same factory as the original DB5s. The production process will be a collaboration between the special effects team that made the upgrades to the original DB5 for the film and the craftspeople at Aston Martin. Twenty-five units will be produced.
This isn’t the first time a car associated with Bond is selling and attracting attention around the world. The one that appeared in GoldenEye and driven by Pierce Brosnan sold at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for $2.6 million while the two used originally in Goldfinger sold for $4.6 million at Auction in London in 2010
Even though these particular Aston Martins are not originals, but rather reproductions, they still garner a lot of interest due to the association with James Bond. Obviously, some gadgets, like the machine guns and radar, will only be simulations and not the real deal. Unfortunately, the cars themselves will not be street legal.