Recre­at­ing The Iconic Goldfin­ger DB5

As­ton Martin and EON Pro­duc­tions to cre­ate 25 Goldfin­ger DB5 con­tin­u­a­tion cars

Golf Asia - - CONTENTS -

The iconic As­ton Martin DB5 is back, thanks to a unique col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween As­ton Martin and EON Pro­duc­tions, the com­pany that pro­duces the James Bond films. Fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful DB4 G.T. con­tin­u­a­tion project, a se­ries of 25 Goldfin­ger DB5 con­tin­u­a­tion edi­tions (not road le­gal un­for­tu­nately), will be cre­ated for cus­tomers by As­ton Martin Works and EON Pro­duc­tions.

The Goldfin­ger DB5 con­tin­u­a­tion will be based on James Bond's leg­endary car from 1964 and built by As­ton Martin Works at New­port Pag­nell, the orig­i­nal home of the DB5. They will be au­then­tic re­pro­duc­tions of the DB5 seen on screen, with some sym­pa­thetic mod­i­fi­ca­tions to en­sure the high­est lev­els of build qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity.

This au­then­tic­ity will ex­tend to in­clude func­tion­ing gad­gets such as re­volv­ing

num­ber plates and more, which were made fa­mous in Goldfin­ger. The gad­gets will be co-de­vel­oped with Os­car-win­ner Chris Cor­bould, spe­cial ef­fects su­per­vi­sor from the James Bond films. Of­fi­cially sanc­tioned by As­ton Martin and EON Pro­duc­tions, all the Goldfin­ger edi­tion cars will be pro­duced to one spec­i­fi­ca­tion – Silver Birch paint – just like the orig­i­nal.

One of the most recog­nis­able cars of all-time, the DB5 made its first ap­pear­ance in the third James Bond movie, Goldfin­ger, along­side Sean Con­nery as James Bond. Laden with gad­gets and ar­ma­ments in­stalled by Q Branch, the se­cret agent's As­ton Martin be­came an in­stant hit with fans and movie­go­ers.

Since its sem­i­nal ap­pear­ance in Goldfin­ger the DB5 has fea­tured in a fur­ther six James Bond movies: Thun­der­ball (1965), again with Con­nery; Gold­en­eye (1995) and To­mor­row Never Dies (1997) with Pierce Bros­nan and three ap­pear­ances along­side Daniel Craig in Casino Royale (2006), Sky­fall (2012) and Spec­tre (2015). James Bond and his DB5 have be­come two icons of pop­u­lar cul­ture and one of the most suc­cess­ful and en­dur­ing movie part­ner­ships of all-time.

Such was its pop­u­lar­ity, the DB5'S movie de­but even spawned a Corgi diecast model, an as­ton­ish­ing 2.5 mil­lion of which were sold in its first year of pro­duc­tion (1965). Spawn­ing an en­tire gen­er­a­tion of chil­dren who grew-up aspir­ing to own an As­ton Martin. In ad­di­tion to the 25 faith­ful and au­then­tic tributes to that orig­i­nal car, a fur­ther three cars will be built – one each for EON and As­ton Martin, plus an­other to be auc­tioned for char­ity. Each Goldfin­ger DB5 con­tin­u­a­tion car will be priced at £2.75m plus taxes with de­liv­er­ies to cus­tomers com­menc­ing in 2020.

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions of Goldfin­ger DB5 con­tin­u­a­tion edi­tion En­gine: DOHC Straight-six, 3995cc Power: 282bhp @ 5500rpm Torque: 280lbs-ft @ 4500rpm Top speed: 148mph 0-60mph: 7.1 sec­onds

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Hong Kong

© PressReader. All rights reserved.