To many, 1964's "Goldfinger" is arguably the greatest of all the James Bond films, but for auto enthusiasts, it isn't the performance of Sean Connery as 007 that excites the most but rather the set of wheels he drives: an Aston Martin DB5.
Aston Martin's intent in offering the DB5 Continuation model is to relive the experience of Bond's classic yet aesthetic ride. In developing them, Aston Martin worked closely with EON Productions, the production company behind the James Bond movie franchise, as well as Oscar-winning special effects honcho Chris Corbould, who's been involved with 14 of the movies.
Chris explained: 'The main challenge has been to recreate the gadgets from the film world and transfer them into a consumer product.
"We have licence in the film world to "cheat" different aspects under controlled conditions".
We got even more excited when we saw how the gadgets are actually going to work.
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Tickets sold for the original dates will be honoured - fans do not need to exchange their tickets. Those who can't go on the rescheduled date can get a refund through their Ticketmaster account.
Other clever features will include a "smoke screen" device to hide the auto from pursuers and a replica oil squirter to release an imaginary oil slick behind the vehicle.
"Aside from being remarkable as new-build DB5's - the 25 new cars" will also feature an exciting array of working gadgets first seen on screen in the classic James Bond adventure Goldfinger. Other gadgets will include a bullet resistant rear shield, battering rams front and rear, a radar screen (simulated), and an under-seat weapons storage tray. We obviously don't have that luxury on these DB5's as all the gadgets have to work in the same vehicle all the time'. Similarly, all the Goldfinger edition cars will be produced to one exterior colour specification - Silver Birch paint - just like the original.
"If we were doing an oil slick in a film, then we could fill the boot with equipment and put out about 50 litres in a couple of seconds", he said. Hopefully not dispensing actual oil. Naturally, some of the gadgets, like the guns, will be simulated only.
"The guns appearing from the front lights were a particular challenge as, in the film world, we are able to use flammable gas mixtures combined with an ignition system to produce a flame and noise effect".
Smoke screen: check. And cough. The only other complete auto used in the James Bond films was stolen in 1997 and its whereabouts are now unknown, according to Hagerty Insurance, a company that insures collectible cars.