A 1965 Aston Martin DB5 built for the James Bond film franchise was today put up for sale for a staggering £3million ($4.7 million)
The British sports car firm only made four DB5s for the 007 movies Goldfinger and Thunderball which starred Sean Connery as the super-suave spy.
And this classic model is one of only two of the four originals to be fully decked out with all of Q Branch’s famous gadgets including imitation machine guns, revolving number plates and even the tire-slicing device.
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The DB5 is in pristine condition because it never featured in the films but was instead used for promotion ahead of the release of Thunderball.
Surrey-based Aston Martin specialists RS Williams have now put the DB5 on the market for £3million ($4.7 million)- describing it as ‘the most famous car in the world’.
This makes it one of the most expensive movie cars of all time and almost ten-times the price of a standard DB5.
Under the bonnet of the DB5 is a 4-litre engine which develops around 280bhp – giving the British sports car a top speed of 150mph.
But next to the impressive 1960s sports car performance and beautiful design, it is the car’s gadgets and history which have upped its value.
The car boasts revolving number plates, two imitation machine guns, a bulletproof screen to cover the rear window and a radar device built into the dashboard.
Its front and rear bumpers also extend and there is a fitted smoke device to fend off villains.
Many of the gadgets are operated at the flick of a switch via the arm console which opens up to reveal a control panel.
The DB5 was the first ever Aston Martin to feature in a Bond film – 1964’s Goldfinger – and was the start of the iconic partnership that spanned 11 Bond films and 50 years of cinema history.
This car never appeared on the big screen but was one of two cars used for promotional purposes – touring the USA in 1965 for the release if of Thunderball.
It is regarded as one of the four ‘legitimate’ DB5 Bond cars – and was one of two to have all the gadgets fitted at the time it was built.
Following its PR role, JCB boss and prolific car collector Sir Anthony Bamford bought the DB5 and used it on his Midlands estate.
In 1970 he sold it to an American businessman who held onto it until 2006, when it sold for $2 million.
The main car used in Goldfinger and Thunderball films mysteriously vanishing from a Florida aircraft hangar in the 1990s – making this model the only remaining DB5 that with original gadgets.
In 2010 the other car used in Goldfinger sold for £2.9 million ($4.5 million) at RM Auctions’ Battersea sale – although all of the car’s gadgets were retrofitted following the film series’ success.
Richard Williams, who runs RS Williams, said: ‘We are privileged to offer one of the original James Bond DB5s.
‘It is the most famous car in the world and is a very sought-after model which you get a lot of pleasure from driving.
‘Aston Martin built four models and the most important model was stolen with nobody knowing its whereabouts.
‘This is the joint second most important as it was built with all the gadgets.
‘It is in superb condition and is a great investment. There has been a huge amount of interest in it from all around the world.’
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James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 was put through a series of huge explosions and stunts during the filming of Skyfall, including one scene which saw the priceless vehicle explode in flames.
However, producers have revealed the secret behind the stunts – if they lost a car, they could simply print another. Yes, that’s right, print another one.
Three replica cars, a third of the size of the real thing, were created using a large scale 3D printer.
18 individual parts were printed to create the Aston Martin seen on screen
The models double for the priceless original vehicle from the 1960s in the film’s action scenes.
They were made by British firm Propshop Modelmakers Ltd, which specialize in the production of film props, and used Voxeljet to print the cars.
‘Propshop commissioned us to build three plastic models of the Aston Martin DB5,’ voxeljet CEO Dr. Ingo Ederer.
‘We could have easily printed the legendary sports car in one piece at a scale of 1:3 using our high-end VX4000 printer, which can build moulds and models in dimensions of up to eight cubic metres.
‘But the British model builders were pursuing a different approach.
Once assembled, the models were finished by hand, and were indistinguishable from the full sized versions, according the their makers
‘To ensure that the Aston Martin was as true to detail as possible, and for the purpose of integrating numerous functions into the film models, they decided on an assembly consisting of a total of 18 individual components.
‘The entire body is based on a steel frame, almost identical to how vehicles were assembled in the past,’ said Ederer.
‘In addition to the automotive industry, foundries, designers and artists, the film industry represents an entirely new customer base for voxeljet.
‘3D printing is on the cusp of a great future in the film industry.
‘The technology offers fantastic opportunities, since it is usually much faster, more precise and more economical than classic model construction,’ says Ederer.
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voxeljet CEO Dr. Ingo Ederer with one of the 3D printers used
Voxeljet started the printing process once the computer files with the design data for all components were available.
The models are produced with the layer-by-layer application of particle material that is glued together with a binding agent.
As each layer is finished, another is printed on top to build up a 3D model.
The parts are then individually cleaned.
A total of 54 individual parts for the three vehicle models, including mudguards, doors, bonnets, roofs and more, were then packaged and transported to Pinewood Studios near London.
The model builders at Propshop then meticulously assembled and finished the components, painted them in the original colour and added chrome applications along with realistic-looking bullet holes.
The finished model, which was seen in several key scenes of the film
After the finishing process, it is impossible to distinguish the Aston Martin models made with the voxeljet printer from the original, even in the close-up shots, the firm says.
‘The priceless Aston Martin DB5, which was used in the first James Bond film exactly 50 years ago, remains unscathed, while one of the elaborately and meticulously constructed models explodes in flames in the film,’ it said.
‘An expensive crash, since one of the three models was auctioned off by Christie’s for almost $170,000.
Daniel Craig with the real Aston Martin DB 5
Real or model? A close up of one of the model car’s bumper and bonnet