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Aston Martin DB5 “Goldfinger” continuation car

Luxury vehicle manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda swung to a loss in the first quarter after it sold fewer higher priced "special" cars.

As outlandish as a $3.6-million vehicle you can't even register for the road is, you have to admit, these gadgets are impressive.

To make all of the engineering work as slickly and smoothly as the oil from the taillights, Aston Martin employed the film special effects supervisor for the Bond films themselves, Chris Corbould.

As Aston Martin nears "production" of its continuation DB5 James Bond-edition models next year, it's down to the fine detail of making sure the auto has all the usual refinements.

Last summer, Aston Martin announced it would build 25 DB5 continuation cars at a price of around $3.6 million each. But these new gadget-laden cars will not be legal to drive on public roads, Aston Martin said.

"We obviously don't have that luxury on these DB5s as all the gadgets have to work in the same vehicle all the time".

Chris explained: 'My involvement has chiefly been with the front guns, smoke screen and oil slick gadgets, with Aston Martin engineers producing the other items. They will be assembled according to the original specifications, but at the same time the automaker says they will be identical to the vehicle seen on the big screen, and that they would meet today's quality and reliability standards.

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All the Goldfinger edition cars will be produced to one exterior colour specification - Silver Birch, just like the original.

"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".

Until now the closest anyone could get to owning one was to content themselves with the Corgi toy version - with more than 2.5million sold to generations of children.

"The most iconic of these is, of course, the DB5 which famously featured in Goldfinger, Thunderball and Goldeneye, as well as Casino Royale and Skyfall". But a surprise will greet "when you operate the ejector seat button", warns Aston Martin representatives.

The Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell is the historic home of the sports vehicle maker where around 13,000 cars were hand-built before production moved to Gaydon, Warwickshire, in 2007.

The automaker, which floated on the London Stock Exchange a year ago, has been plagued by higher costs as it invests more in its manufacturing plants and expands vehicle offerings.

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