Bond's DB5 is back -

at £2.75 million

Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, with Sean Connery
Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, front
Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, location
Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, action
Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, side
Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger, rear
Aston Martin DB5, on Goldfinger set

IT'S just been named as the greatest movie car ever and now there's a chance to own a replica of James Bond's iconic Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger - if you have £2,75 million to spare.

That's the price tag being put on each of 25 special edition Goldfinger DB5s which are to be recreated in a link up between Aston Martin and EON Productions, the company behind the Bond films.

And each version will include an array of gadgets including revolving number plates - but unlikely to extend to an ejector seat - which will be co-developed with Oscar-winner Chris Corbould, the special effects supervisor from the James Bond movies.

The cars will be built at the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell where the original DB5 was made. Each will be finished in Silver Birch paint just like the original and are slated for release in 2020.

Andy Palmer, president and chief executive of Aston Martin, said: "The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond is something of which we are very proud and it is remarkable that the DB5 remains the definitive James Bond car after so many years.

"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. 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."

Since its seminal appearance in Goldfinger the DB5 has featured in a further six James Bond movies: Thunderball (1965), again with Connery; GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) with Pierce Brosnan and three appearances alongside Daniel Craig in Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).

Such was its popularity, the DB5's movie debut even spawned a Corgi die-cast model, an astonishing 2.5 million of which were sold in its first year of production in 1965.

As well as the 25 continuation models, a further three will be built - one each for EON and Aston Martin plus another to be auctioned for charity.

Paul Spires, managing director at Aston Martin Works, said of the Goldfinger DB5 continuation editions: "The connection between Aston Martin and James Bond originated more than half a century ago.

"Creating 25 DB5 continuations and working with EON Productions and special effects supervisor, Chris Corbould, is something truly unique and a real career highlight for everyone involved here at Aston Martin Works."

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