Aston Martin started building the so-called DB5 Goldfinger Continuation last week. It is a new model based on the car from the James Bond film Goldfinger. The DB5 is far from the only Aston Martin from the famous film series, but it is the most famous. Will there ever be a model that can step out of the shadow of the DB5? Below and a list of candidates.
Since its debut in Goldfinger in 1964 the Aston Martin DB5 is an indispensable part of the film series. The car was subsequently seen in several films, such as Thunderball (1965), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006) and Skyfall (2012).
In addition, the car briefly came into the picture The World Is Not Enough (1999) and recently in the film Specter (2015). Also in the upcoming movie No Time To Die is again a prominent role for the DB5.
It is therefore no surprise that Aston Martin wants to take a hit. The DB5 Goldfinger Continuation costs at least 2.75 million pounds (over 3 million euros). However, as said, the DB5 is not the only Aston Martin used in the film series, so future generations may embrace a different model.
The DB5 is one of the most famous movie cars ever. (Photo: Aston Martin)
V8 Vantage returns in No Time To Die
One of the contenders is the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Series 3. This model was first used in the movie The Living Daylights (1987). In the new movie No Time To Die James Bond will literally and figuratively dust this car. The license plate of the V8 Vantage is therefore the same.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage was launched in 1969 and was built until 1989. Just over 3,600 units were built during that period. The 1987 film car was equipped with a special laser, a jet engine and a set of skis to escape pursuers on slippery surfaces.
The V8 Vantage is making a comeback this year. (Photo: Aston Martin)
DBS without fuss
The other Aston Martin with multiple films to his name had more modest equipment. The DBS out Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace (2008) had to rely mainly on its performance and handling. After all, they ensured that James Bond could escape the crime organization Quantum in the opening scene of the latter film.
The DBS was built between 2007 and 2012 and had a 517 hp V12 engine under the hood. Aston Martin also built a DBS between 1969 and 1972. That model was also seen in a James Bond movie. The car appeared in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service from 1969.
Like the modern DBS, this movie car hardly had any gadgets on board. There was a gun holder in the glove compartment and it was. That’s also where James Bond kept his weapon in later movies.
The current Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is the vehicle of secret agent Nomi, the successor of James Bond in No Time To Die. This brings the total for the DBS to four films (a single scene from Diamonds Are Forever not included).
The first DBS and a special version of the current model. (Photo: Aston Martin)
V12 Vanquish was over the top
The other Aston Martins from the film series are the V12 Vanquish from That Another Day (2002), the DB10 from Specter and the Aston Martin Valhalla No Time To Die. With the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, the filmmakers flew out of the corner. The car could become invisible and contained as much weaponry as an average attack helicopter, which was a bit too much, according to fans and reviewers.
The DB10 probably won’t go into the history books either, if only because this car has never been in production. The model is purely for the movie Specter designed and built. However, the Aston Martin Vantage introduced in 2018 does have external features of the DB10 movie car.
The Valhalla is not yet on the market, but is likely to become even rarer than normal Aston Martins due to its performance and price level.