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Major problem with $5m Bond replica auto

Major problem with $5m Bond replica auto

At £2.75 million ($5.1 million) the 007 Aston Martin Goldfinger DB5 is a recreation of one of the big screen's most legendary cars, driven by Sean Connery in the 1964 blockbuster. It will cost a lot, though.

In a video released on Tuesday, Corbould shows the car's revoling number plate, rear smoke screen, oil slick delivery system, and machine guns in action.

The 20th Bonhams Aston Martin sale will see almost 70 years of British motor history up for auction, from a 1952 Lagonda to a 2019 Vanquish Zagato shooting brake. 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.

Aston Martin announced last August that it will build a run of new DB5s built to the same spec as the "Goldfinger" cars.

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'. 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.

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The 28 units will be built at the same facility as the original, the Aston Martin Works plant in Newport Pagnell, England, which today is dedicated to the restoration of classic cars.

Cinema company EON Productions took part in designing the modern version of the auto, equipping it with several spy gadget replicas you may know from the movies.

"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. Similarly, all the Goldfinger edition cars will be produced to one exterior colour specification - Silver Birch paint - just like the original.

Paul Spires, Works Division's president, confirmed that the finished cars will also have rotating numberplates, a sliding "bulletproof" rear deflector and a representation of the original DB5's famous ejector seat, although one that won't actually be capable of firing passengers out of the vehicle.

However, owners will only be able to drive their cars on private land as they are not road legal. You might recall that in 2010, one of the original models used in Goldfinger sold for $4.6 million Dollars, or about $6.2 million CAD.

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