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Aston Martin is building James Bond’s DB5 again after 55 years

Aston Martin is building the DB5 again after 55 years Picture: Aston Martin

One of the coolest cars ever made (Aston Martin)

One of the most iconic cars in cinema history is entering production again after more than half a century.

The Aston Martin DB5 was a cool car to begin with, but it became internationally famous when James Bond slipped behind the wheel in 1964’s Goldfinger.

It also helped that the car was fitted with a range of high-tech gadgetry like machine guns, oil slicks and an ejector seat.

Now, fifty-five years after it stopped making them, Aston Martin is producing a limited run of 25 Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation models. Each one comes with a price tag of £3.3million.

As well as being faithful, hand-made recreations of the original, the new cars have also been loaded with Bond’s arsenal of gadgetry from the movie. Battering rams, front-firing machine guns, a rear smokescreen and oil-slick system have been added as well as a rear-facing bulletproof shield and revolving number plates.

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In fact, the only thing you won’t find on the new DB5 is the ejector seat. Although the car’s engineers have still included the little red button hidden under the gearstick.

**Editorial use only in connection with SWNS story SWBRdb5** Some of the UK???s most talented craftspeople and engineers put the finishing touches to the first in a new but very familiar series of Aston Martin sports cars, as the first customer car in the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation programme left the production line last week. See SWNS story SWBRdb5 The ???Job 1??? DB5 represents not only another significant design and engineering success, but also becomes the first new DB5 to be built by Aston Martin in more than half a century as the British luxury sports car maker???s Continuation programme once again makes history. Dubbed ???the most famous car in the world??? and renowned as being among the most desirable and sought-after classic Aston Martin models, the DB5 has become a byword for timeless style and sports car desirability. Fewer than 900 saloon examples were built between 1963 and 1965, with by far the most famous of the original owners being the world???s best-known secret agent ??? James Bond ??? who first drove the car that is today inextricably linked with him in the 1964 film, Goldfinger. Now, 55 years after the last new DB5 rolled elegantly off the production line at Aston Martin???s then global manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, work is ongoing there on a strictly limited number of new DB5 models. The new cars include an array of functioning devices created by Bond film special effects supervisor Chris Corbould OBE.

Remember this? (Credits: Max Earey / SWNS)

Aston Martin is building the DB5 again after 55 years Picture: Aston Martin

It has the machine guns and battering rams (Aston Martin)

Heritage Programme Manager Clive Wilson is one of those most closely involved in the process of bringing the new DB5 Goldfinger Continuation car into production. He 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!’

Aston Martin is building the DB5 again after 55 years Picture: Aston Martin

Only 25 are being made (Aston Martin)

Aston Martin is building the DB5 again after 55 years Picture: Aston Martin

This hides the radar screen (Aston Martin)

**Editorial use only in connection with SWNS story SWBRdb5** Some of the UK???s most talented craftspeople and engineers put the finishing touches to the first in a new but very familiar series of Aston Martin sports cars, as the first customer car in the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation programme left the production line last week. See SWNS story SWBRdb5 The ???Job 1??? DB5 represents not only another significant design and engineering success, but also becomes the first new DB5 to be built by Aston Martin in more than half a century as the British luxury sports car maker???s Continuation programme once again makes history. Dubbed ???the most famous car in the world??? and renowned as being among the most desirable and sought-after classic Aston Martin models, the DB5 has become a byword for timeless style and sports car desirability. Fewer than 900 saloon examples were built between 1963 and 1965, with by far the most famous of the original owners being the world???s best-known secret agent ??? James Bond ??? who first drove the car that is today inextricably linked with him in the 1964 film, Goldfinger. Now, 55 years after the last new DB5 rolled elegantly off the production line at Aston Martin???s then global manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, work is ongoing there on a strictly limited number of new DB5 models. The new cars include an array of functioning devices created by Bond film special effects supervisor Chris Corbould OBE.

What every spy needs (Credits: Max Earey / SWNS)

Paul Spires, President of Aston Martin Works where the original DB5 was built and the new cars are also being created, said: ‘We are making, perhaps, some of the most desirable ‘toys’ ever built for 25 very lucky buyers worldwide.
 
The car company worked with EON Productions, which produces the James Bond films as well as special effects supervisor Chris Corbould to make them as authentic as possible.

‘Creating the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars 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,’ Spires said.

Aston Martin is building the DB5 again after 55 years Picture: Aston Martin

The rear bulletproof shield will protect you from tailing bad guys (Aston Martin)

The Aston Martin DB5 has frequently been called the ‘most famous car in the world’ but fewer than 900 were originally built. They were produced between 1963 and 1965 with a price tag of £4,175.

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