ASTON Martin has announced a special line of James Bond replica DB5 models to be created for a select group of lucky motorists.
The iconic motors will be built in true 007 style, complete with working gadgets just like the movie car.
Voted the greatest movie car of all-time, the classic DB5 first featured in the 1964 spy film, Goldfinger, starring Sean Connery.
The car’s incredible collection gadgets made it a fan favourite, and included pop-out machine guns and tyre slashers, an ejector button, revolving number plates, a bullet-proof shield, radar screen and an extendable battering ram in the bumper.
The British marque is set to produce 25 versions of the secret agent cars for public sale, with gadgets developed by Bond film special effects supervisor, Chris Corbould, and Aston’s Q bespoke department.
Given a value of £3.3million each including tax, the motors are due for delivery in 2020.
But despite the hefty price tag, owners won’t get all the same gadgets as the world’s favourite spy.
Of course, the extendable machine guns and tyre slashers will simply be display pieces, and won’t actually function as weapons.
It’s also thought the ejector seat will be removed for obvious health and safety reasons.
The car is expected to feature the famous revolving number plates.
An additional three cars will be built and kept by Aston and Eon Productions, with the last being auctioned off for charity.
The DB5 is considered the ultimate Bond car, after it was made famous by Connery in the 1964 classic – and again in Thunderball the following year.
It has also featured alongside Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and most recently driven by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).
Andy Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aston Martin, said: “The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond is something of which we are very proud and it is remarkable that the DB5 remains the definitive James Bond car after so many years.
“To own an Aston Martin has long been an aspiration for James Bond fans, but to own a Silver Birch DB5, complete with gadgets and built to the highest standards in the very same factory as the original James Bond cars?
“Well, that is surely the ultimate collectors’ fantasy.
“The skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin Works and the expert special effects team from the James Bond films are about to make this fantasy real for 25 very lucky customers.”
Paul Spires, Managing Director at Aston Martin Works, said: “The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond originated more than half a century ago.
“Creating 25 Goldfinger DB5 continuations and working with EON Productions and special effects supervisor, Chris Corbould, is something truly unique and a real career highlight for everyone involved here at Aston Martin Works.”
Earlier this year, a private owner had their 1962 DB5 modified to include Bond-style gadgets – and it went under the hammer for £1million.