One of the most iconic film cars of all time is the Aston Martin DB5 driven by James Bond (played by Sean Connery) in Goldfinger. Now, a select few will be able to own one of their very own.
The British automaker has decided to re-create 25 examples of the famed car in partnership with EON Productions, the company that makes Bond films. The cars will be faithful reproductions of the on-screen car, though some modifications will be made to increase quality and reliability.
Some of Q’s touches — such as the rotating license plate holder — will be included. Oscar-winner Chris Corbould, who oversees special effects for Bond films, will help develop the gadgets.
“To own an Aston Martin has long been an aspiration for James Bond fans, but to own a Silver Birch DB5, complete with gadgets and built to the highest standards in the very same factory as the original James Bond cars? Well, that is surely the ultimate collectors’ fantasy,” Aston Martin president and chief executive Andy Palmer said in a news release.
“The skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin Works and the expert special effects team from the James Bond films are about to make this fantasy real for 25 very lucky customers.”
The cars will be painted in the same Silver Birch as the film car. The new owners won’t be able to drive them around town, as the re-creations will not be street legal.
New owners will also face a wait. The first Goldfinger DB5 will be delivered in 2020. Each car will cost £2.75 million ($3.52 million), plus taxes.
The DB5 has a long history with Bond films, but none more so than the 1964 model. However, Goldfinger’s star vehicle disappeared more than 20 years ago in a heist fit for the silver screen.
Investigators now believe the car is located somewhere in the Middle East.