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    “The name is Bond, James Bond.”

    Luxury British marque Aston Martin is rolling back into production “the most famous car in the world” – James Bond’s iconic DB5 from 1964 film Goldfinger.

    The stunning, limited-edition continuation cars are being produced with EON Productions, makers of the James Bond films.

    A run of 25 customer examples are being built at the company’s former headquarters in Newport Pagnell, UK - now the site of their Heritage Division. Between 1963 and 1965, nearly 900 original DB5s were built at the same facility, with the last one rolling off the line 55 years ago.  

    The cars feature a range of ‘Goldfinger’ gadgets. These are developed with the help of Oscar-winning special effects guru Chris Corbould, who worked on over a dozen James Bond films.

    James Bond Aston Martin

    Prepare to be left shaken AND stirred at the price, though. Each DB5 Goldfinger continuation car costs $3.39 million, plus taxes. All customers cars have already been sold, with delivery expected later this year. However, owners won’t actually be able to drive them as they are not road legal!

    A further three models will be built. One for Aston Martin, one for EON Productions and a third to be auctioned off for charity.  

    The new models look identical to the original James Bond DB5 driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger – which sold for $6.4 million last year.

    James Bond-style gadgets

    Each car, which takes around 4,500 hours to build, shows off the famous Silver Birch paint scheme. Most importantly, they carry a host of James Bond-inspired spy gadgets from the film.

    Unfortunately, the ejector seat and nail spreader have been disabled. But the cars do feature a rear smoke-screen delivery system and simulated twin-front machine guns, which light up.

    The interior features a variety of buttons and switches, including remote controls for activating all of the gadgets.

    The new model, which was first announced in 2018, requires meticulous craftsmanship. It involves a blend of old world and modern techniques, used to improve build quality and reliability.   

    Aston Martin James Bond

    The cars feature original DB5-styled aluminium exterior body panels and an authentic mild steel chassis. Under the hood sits a 4-liter six-cylinder engine that generates 290 bhp.

    Aston Martin Heritage Programme Manager Clive Wilson said: “Seeing the first customer car move painstakingly through the intricate production process we have created really is quite a thrill.”
     
    “Obviously we have not, as a business, made a new DB5 for more than 50 years. So to be involved in the building of these cars, which will go on to form part of Aston Martin’s history, is something I’m sure all of us will be telling our grandkids about.”

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