Aston Martin has revealed how it’s going to make James Bond’s gadgets a reality in its DB5 Continuation – and it seems that the only thing missing is a secret agent.
Among an array of Bond-favourite add-ons, each of the 25 Goldfinger-spec DB5s will have replica machine guns that will pop out from behind the front indicators, an oil-spray system that deploys from behind the rear lights and a smoke screen; well, if you’re paying £3.3m including VAT, you’d expect something special.
And it’s all possible thanks to the marque’s Works Division partnering with Academy Award-winning special-effects creator and Bond film veteran, Chris Corbould.
“It gives me a huge buzz to be working with Aston Martin producing these 25 cars with gadgets,” says Corbould, who has worked on every Bond film other than Octopussy since The Spy Who Loved Me, and who’s had involvement in the upcoming 25th movie.
“The owners are going to have a lot of fun with their family and friends with the gadgets, and most of all they’re going to have a piece of film history in their household.”
Of course, all that fun will be happening behind closed doors, off the public road, as these Goldfinger DB5 Continuation models are not road legal. But health and safety has still been paramount in developing the extras.
Corbould also admits the project had been a challenge for a special effects team more used to producing one-off moments of cinematic awe, rather than systems that customers are relying on to perform time and again.
“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 says. “Here it has to fit into a much smaller space, and it has to be able to work again and again.”
But this is just the beginning: when customers receive their cars next year, there will be even more gadgets inside them.
Aston Martin Works Division president Paul Spires has confirmed that a sliding ‘bulletproof’ rear deflector, rotating numberplates, a simulated radar tracking screen, a silver-screen-aping centre console plus a representation of the ejector seat will be fitted, too – although ejecting passengers won’t be a possibility.