Aston Martin has kicked off the production process for its Goldfinger DB5 continuation model as the development of the series continues. The British company is working in cooperation with EON Production to put together 25 examples of the iconic sports car at the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England. This is the very same place where the original DB5 was manufactured between 1963 and 1965.
The first prototype of the Goldfinger DB5 is now taking shape and the brand is working on implementing a number of functioning devices inspired by the James Bond movies. The film's special effects guru Chris Corbould is helping Aston Martin's team with the development and testing of these gadgets. The devices vary from battering rams that deploy from the front bumper to a retractable bullet-proof rear screen and oil slick delivery system.
"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."
Here's a list of all exterior and interior James Bond-inspired modifications to the Goldfinger DB5:
- Rear smoke screen delivery system
- Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
- Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
- Simulated twin front machine guns
- Bullet resistant rear shield
- Battering rams front and rear
- Simulated radar screen tracker map
- Telephone in driver's door
- Gear knob actuator button
- Armrest and center console-mounted switchgear
- Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
Aston Martin promises that all 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. This also means all 25 examples will be finished in Silver Birch paint, just like the original James Bond car.
Each of the 25 cars is priced at £2.75 million before taxes, which works out to about $3.5 million at current exchange rates. First deliveries are scheduled for next year.