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Revealed: Aston Martin spy gadgets in $3.5m bond tribute
Deliveries of the continuation DB5s start in 2020
While actor Rami Malek is rubbing his villainous hands together, promising to give Daniel Craig hell in his fifth and last James Bond film, there’s news out of England on the 25 cars Aston Martin is making for the most die-hard, deep-pocketed 007 fans.
Announced in August, the $3.5 million continuation DB5s, like the kind Sean Connery drove in
Goldfinger, are not only actual running cars based on the 1964 model, but they were teased as having working spy gadgetry as well. And now we know what that spycraft will be. Developed with Chris Corbould, the Oscar- and OBE-winning special effects supervisor for eight Bond films, the gadgets will include rotating number plates, rear smoke screens and oil slicks, and retractable bullet-resistant rear shields. Most likely to appeal to your inner hyped-up 10-year-old: “simulated” twin machine guns planted on the front of the car.
“The guns appearing from the front lights were a particular challenge as, in the film world, we are able to use flammable gas mixtures combined with an ignition system to produce a flame and noise effect,” Corbould said in a written statement on the prototypes unveiled on Tuesday. “Clearly this is not practical in untrained hands, so we have devised a new system to achieve a realistic effect.”
Instead, the final version of the “guns” will emit light and include a sound effect when you pull the “trigger." The interior will feature a telephone in the driver’s side door, a faux radartracker screen, and a weapons tray hidden under the leather seats, all of which are intended to be just as engaging as they were when Q approved them for Bond decades ago. The cars will be made by Aston Martin engineers in the same Buckinghamshire factory where all 1,095 DB5 sports cars, including convertible and shootingbrake versions, were manufactured from 1963 to 1965. They’ll be numbered as if new off the line in the 1960s - and, no, prospective owners can’t ask for custom tweaks.
Under the hood will be straight-six, 282-brakehorsepower engines similar to the originals. They’ll go just about as fast, requiring 7.1 seconds to hit 60 mph with a top speed of 148 mph, according to the firm, not that you’ll be able to open it up on the road.