Now do pay attention, 007.
Since Aston Martin’s own in-house Q-Branch announced last August that it was to build from scratch 25 brand new Goldfinger DB5 cars – complete with gadgets from the classic 1964 James Bond movie – its engineers have been hard at work perfecting them.
And in a progress report complete with new photographs published today they revealed just how far they have progressed with what they dub ‘the ultimate collectors’ fantasy’ thanks to the help of special effects experts – with gadget highlights include revolving number plates, a rear smoke screen, and replica machine guns.
The DB5 has featured in six subsequent 007 films – Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall (pictured) and Spectre
Until now the closest anyone could get to owning one was to content themselves with the Corgi toy version – with more than 2.5million sold to generations of children.
Lego last year launched a 1,290-piece version costing £129.99.
The DB5 has featured in six subsequent 007 films – Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall and Spectre.
Paul Spires, president of Aston Martin Works, said: ‘As work progresses on these remarkable cars, it’s both exciting and a little sobering to think that we are truly making history here.’
The Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell is the historic home of the sports car maker where around 13,000 cars were hand-built before production moved to Gaydon, Warwickshire, in 2007.
Ten years later, new car production returned to the site with the DB4 GT Continuation. The DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and now the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation.
The Newport Pagnell site is also a leading heritage service and restoration facility as well as a new car dealership where customers can view, purchase, service and restore cars from every era of the marque’s 106 years.