Aston Martin to re-release James Bond’s classic DB5 featuring smoke machines and guns
Aston Martin’s DB5 was initially released in September 1963 but will welcome a new production call ahead of the new movie for 25 lucky motorists. The new model is true to the original designs and comes complete with an added smoke button for an extra Bond-vibe.
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Priced at £2.75million, just two dozen limited edition designs will roll out of Aston Martin Works Newport Pagnell factory in what CEO Paul Spires describes as the world’s biggest toy.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Spires said: “For us to be able to deliver to customers an authentic, brand new DB5 with the smoke, with the machine guns, with the bulletproof shield and revolving number plates, it’s a great toy.”
Mr Spires claims the model is the world’s second most expensive production car ever-built with the company’s GT Zagato continuation model just topping the list.
The added features mean the car is not road legal but can be enjoyed on track days, private roads or just to look at in a collector’s garage.
Aston Martin claims the model is for a collector looking for something exclusive, and teased even heads of state could grab the new car.
The DB5 is the second addition to the brand’s continuation programme where former models are rebuilt to new specifications.
Aston Martin says the vehicles are built to modern quality standards making the vehicles better now than when they were initially released.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Spires said: “It was a new direction that we came up with in about 2014/2015.
“It’s not something where we all of a sudden go ‘ah let’s just do these cars’ it’s very measured, we look at the marketplace. We look at what we can do and how we deliver it into the marketplace.
“There is a cycle plan behind this so we did DB4 GT, we did the DB4 GT Zagato last year and now we are doing the Bond car and we’re doing another car in 2021.”
Built at Aston Martin’s Works factory in Newport Pagnell, the relaunched DB5 comes in the just as the classic model is set to reappear on the silver screen in James Bond’s latest instalment.
It’s the association with the classic movie franchise which will make the model stand out to customers and collectors.
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Described by Top Gear as “the most famous Bond car of all time”, the DB5’s timeless feel has seen it become a poster vehicle and dream car for many.
Since Goldfinger, the DB5 has since featured in six Bond movies making the vehicle an icon for the franchise among fans.
The new rebrand embraces the history between Aston Martin and James Bond by including a range of special features unheard of on production models.
Aston Martin Works acquired the services of James Bond special effects expert Chris Corbould to help draft up unique plans for the new car.
Large plumes of smoke are available to an owner at just the touch of a button in the ideal toy to show off to friends.
Extra features include two simulated twin front machine guns, battering rams, a simulated radar screen and a hidden weapons or storage tray.
Paul Spires said: “When our customer gets in the car with his friends and goes ‘look it makes smoke’ you need to be able to press the button and within a couple of seconds it needs to make proper big volumes of smoke. Also, it needs to be able to turn it on or off.
“These things have to work time and time again because customers are going to put them in the garage and they are going to want to see it and show everyone and play because it’s a big toy.”
Deliveries of the new car are expected to commence in just months ahead of the new movie’s release in April.
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