RE: Shaken, not stirred: The Goldfinger DB5

RE: Shaken, not stirred: The Goldfinger DB5

Tuesday 14th May

Shaken, not stirred: The Goldfinger DB5

Pay attention, 007 - Aston show development of gadgets for film-inspired replica



When Aston Martin Works revealed the 'continuation' DB4 GT last year it admitted that it wouldn't be the last time it created a new version of one of its greatest hits. The DB4 Zagato followed, available only as part of a matching set with the DBS Zagato. Then the company said it was planning to create a recreation of the gadget-filled DB5 that featured in the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger and many of us wondered if it was really serious.

Now we have the answer: very. Development work on replicas of the many features that Sean Connery's 007 used to hold off the pursuers who chase him in a pack of W121 Mercs in the film is well underway. Deliveries of the 25 cars will begin next year, with Aston Martin Works boss Paul Spires saying that the majority of that allocation have already been reserved, despite a price that begins at £2.75m before taxes.

As with previous Continuation models, the Goldfinger DB5 won't be road legal in any major market. There are obviously potential ways to get around that in some places; Aston admits that some of the DB4 GTs have been used in historic rallying. But this is still a huge amount to pay for a car that might not be able to get further than the end of your driveway, however long it is. Small wonder Works is putting such emphasis on making sure it is as close to the original as possible. Spires was happy when comparisons were made to the famous Corgi model version: "as people get older so the toys get bigger."


That's why Oscar-winning special effects whizz Chris Corbould has been brought in to supervise the development of three of the Goldfinger DB5's systems: the front 'machine-guns', the oil spray system and the smokescreen. PH got invited along to AM Works in Newport Pagnell for a demonstration of how work is progressing with a selection of gadgets alongside the original DB5 which is being used for development work.

Corbould has worked on almost every Bond film since The Spy Who Loved Me - he sat out Octopussy - and admits that he is also involved with the forthcoming 25th outing for what is now Cinema's longest-running franchise. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest film stunt explosion ever created - in Spectre - and his other career highlights include an Oscar for the special effects on Inception. He admits it took him "about a second and a half" to take up Aston's offer to work on the replica DB5.

The original film car's many gadgets almost all came from the mind of production designer Ken Adam, with some original sketches showing both the ones we're familiar with plus a few that didn't make the cut - Adam wanted to use blades integrated into the bumpers and there was also a picture of a hand grenade hidden in the top of a cocktail shaker. The plan is for the Goldfinger DB5 to feature pretty much everything that was on the original film car: machine guns, an oil spray, a smokescreen, rotating number plates, a deployable rear bulletproof screen, battering rams and a simulated version of the radar tracking screen. And the famous ejector seat? The plan is to offer what's being described as a "teaser" system; most likely something that gives a substantial jolt. There are certain health and safety implications to actually launching somebody out of the car...


Corbould is supervising development of the machine guns, oil spray and smokescreen, all of which were demonstrated in prototype form at Newport Pagnell. He admits that creating effects that can be used again and again is very different to the normal film industry way of doing things. "If we were doing an oil slick in a film then we could fill the boot with equipment and put out about 50 litres in a couple of seconds," he says, "here it needs to fit into a much smaller space, and needs to work again and again."

The psuedo machine-guns promise to be a packaging nightmare, as they have to fit inside the front wings. These use an electrical actuator to both move the barrel through the fold-down indicator and to simulate recoil from firing. The flashing comes from an ultra-bright bulb rather than actual pyrotechnics, but it looked surprisingly convincing up close. Sounds will come from hidden loudspeakers.

The smoke screen uses a pair of commercial smoke makers, which work by passing glycol solution over a heating element - they are pretty much scaled up vape machines - with Corbould saying there will probably also be a fan to help better disperse the cloud if the car is stationary at the time. The oil-sprayers deploy through the rear lights, but will use water rather than real oil. "It would be a nightmare to clean up," Spires admits.


There will be a central electronic command system for the various devices, leading to the possibility that there will be an external controller to allow owners to play with them while outside the car. While, presumably, wearing a tuxedo and/or stroking a white cat.

The official connection between Aston and EON Films over the project is also an interesting one, as is the parallel between the limited-to-25 production run and the forthcoming 25th iteration of the Bond franchise. We'd be surprised if a DB5 didn't make an appearance in Bond's next adventure given the presence of one in the last two flicks, likely in conjunction with something considerably more futuristic. "There was a huge debate about whether we should blow the DB5 up or not [in Skyfall]" Corbould admits, although it had been restored to rude health by the time Spectre was made.

It's hard not to see the DB5 Goldfinger as being a ridiculous toy for those with more money than sense. But its equally hard not to see the appeal of what is basically a lifesized version of everyone's favourite Corgi toy.


 












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rare6499

Original Poster:

245 posts

80 months

Tuesday 14th May
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I think this is awesome. Yes it’s a shame you can’t drive it in the road, but what a cool toy. It’s great to see these skills kept alive as well, and the supply chains.

‘There was a huge debate about whether we should blow the DB5 up or not’

They didn’t blow up a DB5 in Skyfall. Wasn’t it a combination of miniatures and a Porsche with some bodywork...

big_rob_sydney

2,299 posts

135 months

Tuesday 14th May
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A big toy. Great.

Except, the price tag is beyond excessive...

Shrimpvende

264 posts

33 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Not sure if brilliant or tacky...

Bill

38,922 posts

196 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Shrimpvende said:
Not sure if brilliant or tacky...
+1 Imagine having so much money that a full size Dinky toy seems like a reasonable purchase.

Rumblestripe

1,088 posts

103 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Silly and brilliant in equal measure.

Love it.
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AJB88

3,795 posts

112 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Literally building these behind my house hopefully will get to see one in the flesh soon.

Dr Jekyll

16,815 posts

202 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Let's see Lotus produce a sea going Espirit, that's my favourite Bond car.

aeropilot

17,831 posts

168 months

Tuesday 14th May
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OP said:
Small wonder Works is putting such emphasis on making sure it is as close to the original as possible.
Hmmmmm........why is it fitted with chrome wires then rolleyes

Can't blame AM for doing this, as why not cash in on the 'people with more money than sense' market if you can. Aston seem to be quite quite good at reliving cash from people in this situation....and it keeps the guys in NP in work.

Sad though that they have to resort to doing crap like this though to do that.





D-Angle

4,363 posts

183 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Shrimpvende said:
Not sure if brilliant or tacky...
Same. I love AM but the number of sad cases who want to pretend they're James Bond and actually have the money for one amazes me. I guess once you already have the convoluted '007' number plate, this is the only place left to go.

can't remember

570 posts

69 months

Tuesday 14th May
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The big profit is in servicing classics, re-imagining their back catalogue and super exotics. I wonder if a privately owned Aston Martin would drop volume for margin.

ajprice

15,957 posts

137 months

Tuesday 14th May
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hehe

ash73

15,798 posts

162 months

Tuesday 14th May
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can't remember said:
The big profit is in servicing classics
+1 My ex boss had his DB6 serviced recently and it cost him £30K, I think he's done about 1K miles since the last one too.

Water Fairy

2,846 posts

96 months

Tuesday 14th May
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I really hate myself for saying this on PH but....................

Pointless, exorbitantly priced, egotistical tat.

Give me a standard one every day of the week.


Cold

6,756 posts

31 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Water Fairy said:
Give me a standard one every day of the week.
Yes, it's probably wise to have a spare or two.

Snubs

793 posts

80 months

Tuesday 14th May
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What gets me is that, with the exception of the smoke machine, nothing else does what it says on the tin. They aren't machine guns, it isn't an ejector seat and it isn't an oil slick. I fully understand why they're imitation and spending £25 on a toy with imitation everything, fine. But spending £2,500,000 and it's still imitation everything? Nope.

tr3a

213 posts

168 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Water Fairy said:
Pointless, exorbitantly priced, egotistical tat.

Give me a standard one every day of the week.
I agree. It's over the top consumerism, catering for a few filthy rich egos. Quite disgusting. Imagine what actual good you could do in the world with the money.

w824gb3

186 posts

163 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Er where are the tyre shedders that come out of the wheel centres????

Plate spinner

13,104 posts

141 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Pretty naff, but each to their own.

mikeyr

2,547 posts

134 months

Tuesday 14th May
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Plate spinner said:
Pretty naff, but each to their own.
Agree, incredibly dumb. Ridiculous price too. Look forward to a white Espirit with fake seaweed.

Unexpected Item In The Bagging Area

5,935 posts

130 months

Tuesday 14th May
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aeropilot said:
OP said:
Small wonder Works is putting such emphasis on making sure it is as close to the original as possible.
Hmmmmm........why is it fitted with chrome wires then rolleyes
What should it have?