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We try out James Bond’s £3.3m Aston Martin DB5 with twin machine guns, smoke screen and battering rams


KIDS all over the world had the Corgi toy – now here’s the rich man’s version.

This astonishing bit of kit does exactly what the James Bond film car does. But it costs £3.3million.

The gadgets include simulated twin machine guns that pop out from the front indicators, revolving number plates, smoke screen, battering rams and a bullet-resistant shield
The gadgets include simulated twin machine guns that pop out from the front indicators, revolving number plates, smoke screen, battering rams and a bullet-resistant shield

Aston Martin has created 25 replicas of the classic DB5 driven by Daniel Craig in up-coming movie No Time To Die.

The gadgets include simulated twin machine guns that pop out from the front indicators, revolving number plates, smoke screen, battering rams, bullet-resistant shield and an imitation oil slick sprayer that squirts water.

There’s also a pop-off roof panel for the ejector seat — although that doesn’t work for obvious reasons. And the tyre slashers have to be screwed on by hand.

Inside, there’s a telephone and a black and white radar detector using the original beeping sound from 1964 film Goldfinger, when Sean Connery first drove a DB5.

Actor Sean Connery poses as James Bond next to his Aston Martin DB5 in a scene from Goldfinger in 1964

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Actor Sean Connery poses as James Bond next to his Aston Martin DB5 in a scene from Goldfinger in 1964Credit: Getty – Contributor
The hero gadgets are activated from a control panel in the centre console

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The hero gadgets are activated from a control panel in the centre consoleCredit: Photographer Max Earey
The tyre slashers have to be screwed on by hand

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The tyre slashers have to be screwed on by handCredit: Photographer Max Earey
Disappear just like Bond with a smoke screen

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Disappear just like Bond with a smoke screenCredit: Photographer Max Earey

The hero gadgets are activated from a control panel in the centre console and deployed by a red trigger under a flip-up gear knob. It’s a lot of fun.

Or you can use a remote-control unit outside the car.

Aston is building the authentic reproductions — which are not road-legal — in Newport Pagnell, Bucks, with the help of Bond special effects wizard Chris Corbould.

He said: “We have licence to cheat in the film world — but on these DB5s, these gadgets need to work all the time.”

There’s also a pop-off roof panel for the ejector seat

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There’s also a pop-off roof panel for the ejector seat
The simulated twin machine guns pop out from the front indicators

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The simulated twin machine guns pop out from the front indicatorsCredit: Photographer Max Earey
Rob Gill took the DB5 to a McDonald's drive thru

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Rob Gill took the DB5 to a McDonald’s drive thruCredit: Max Earey www.maxearey.com
Inside, there’s a telephone and a black and white radar detector using the original beeping sound from 1964 film Goldfinger

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Inside, there’s a telephone and a black and white radar detector using the original beeping sound from 1964 film GoldfingerCredit: Photographer Max Earey

Bond fans will also glimpse the Aston Martin Valhalla in No Time To Die and new Land Rover Defenders feature as baddie cars.

The original DB5 from Goldfinger was stolen from an airport hangar in Florida in 1997.

Thieves dragged it out by its axles, leaving telltale tyre marks, loaded it on to a waiting cargo plane and it has never been seen since.

The £3.3m motor even includes an imitation oil slick sprayer that squirts water

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The £3.3m motor even includes an imitation oil slick sprayer that squirts waterCredit: Photographer Max Earey
Aston Martin has created 25 replicas of the classic DB5 driven by Daniel Craig in up-coming movie No Time To Die

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Aston Martin has created 25 replicas of the classic DB5 driven by Daniel Craig in up-coming movie No Time To Die

So far 22 of the new cars have been sold to mostly mega-wealthy private collectors and Bond fans.

Which means there’s still one going if Daniel Craig — who apparently trousered £19million to reprise Bond — fancies one.

Or maybe he has No Time To Drive?

The car has extendible front and rear battering rams

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The car has extendible front and rear battering ramsCredit: Photographer Max Earey

Drive is bit like flying a spitfire

THIS is not just a toy, this is a proper DB5.

Every part is new using modern materials but it feels 100 per cent authentic and drives much in the same way as the original.

Which means it responds beautifully to violence.

Open the taps and it absolutely comes alive. The roar of the 4-litre engine. The smell of everything getting hot. The whines. The squeaks.

The jiggly wing mirrors that look great but are totally useless. It assaults all of your senses. That’s not to say this is faster than a modern hot hatch. Because it’s not.

Handling? You’ll be wearing that drive-thru coffee within 100 yards. But that’s part of the charm.

I love it because there are no electronic driving aids and no traction control.

I love it because it’s got a straight-cut gearbox and a big, skinny steering wheel. I love it because it’s so dinky and it rolls on Avon crossply tyres.

You soon forget the car’s value and rarity bombing down a soggy B-road.

I guess a DB5 is a bit like a Spitfire. The better the pilot the more you get out of it. Unlike a Eurofighter, where a computer does everything for you.

I should perhaps spell out that I drove a version of the car which is road legal.

I might have accidentally flipped up the gear knob and fired the simulated twin machine guns while driving. Purely by mistake.

The 25 lucky people who buy a Goldfinger DB5 won’t be able to use their car on the public highway.

And that’s a shame for everyone who has loved the DB5 since being a toddler.

It was a privilege to drive it. My favourite road test of the year so far.

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