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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 September 2018

You too can be James Bond: Aston Martin is making 'new' DB5s

There will be 25 'continuation' examples of the classic model made famous in 'Goldfinger' – but they won't come cheap

An Aston Martin DB5 in 'Skyfall'. Aston Martin
An Aston Martin DB5 in 'Skyfall'. Aston Martin

One of the coolest movie cars of all-time, James Bond's Aston Martin DB5, is being brought back to life with a special run of 'continuation' models.

The Goldfinger DB5 continuation edition, which shot to fame in 1964 Bond film it is named after, will be limited to just 25 cars, in collaboration with Eon Productions, the company behind the spy movie franchise.

Sean Connery with an original Aston Martin DB5. Aston Martin
Sean Connery with an original Aston Martin DB5. Aston Martin

They will be closely based on the DB5 seen on screen with Sean Connery in Goldfinger, with a few alterations for purposes of build quality and reliability.

That faithfulness to the screen car includes functioning gadgets such as revolving number plates, as well as being resplendent in the original "silver birch" paint.

In addition to the 25 cars for sale, there will be a further three built: one each for Aston and Eon, plus another to be auctioned for charity.

The 'continuation' DB5 will be modelled on the car seen in 'Goldfinger'. Aston Martin
The continuation DB5 will be modelled on the car seen in 'Goldfinger'. Aston Martin

The original DB5, revealed in London in 1963, was powered by 4.0-litre straight-six engine, with 282bhp and a top speed of 238kph.

The DB5 has appeared in six other Bond movies: Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015)

The year after the release of Goldfinger, a Corgi die-cast model of the car sold 2.5 million units.

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This project follows a similar initiative announced two years ago to build continuation models of the DB4, the model that preceded the DB5.

The first deliveries of the continuation DB5 are due in the first quarter of next year, with a price tag that might leave you shaken rather than stirred (sorry): £2.75 million (Dh12.9m).

That is still, however, almost four times cheaper than buying one of the two DB5s that appeared in Goldfinger, one of which was recently estimated to be worth as much as £10 million (Dh48.7m) after rumours that it was in the Middle East, having been stolen in 1997.

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