To promote the upcoming James Bond movie “no time to dieAston Martin has turned the DB5 into a life-size toy car. In fact, the car itself is a giant toy, one of the $3.6 million DB5 Goldfinger Continuation models that resembled a movie car with a fake machine gun and rotating license. Imitates. Plates. Now, it has a giant vintage Corgi toy box to match.
The original Corgi 007 Aston Martin DB5 toy debuted in October 1965, almost a year later.gold Finger” The film features Sean Connery behind the wheel of a gadget-infused spy-mobile. By some estimates, the Corgi sold 4 million copies in four years, making it the best-selling toy car in history. Over the years, the Corgi rebuilt and re-released the model several times, selling over 20 million in total.
The large box, unveiled at London’s Battersea Power Station, recreates Corgi’s original release packaging with period artwork. In 1965, according to Aston Martin, toy cars sold for only 50 pence, which by inflation is only $14 today. You can still get a new one for about $20, but first-release models can run up to $350 in good condition.
The DB5 Goldfinger Continuation is one of only 25 cars manufactured by Aston Martin’s Heritage division, the same livery that brought you the DB4 GT and DB4 Zagato continuation models. However, while they are faithful re-creations of the original cars, the DB5 Goldfinger is a bit different.
The cars are built as in the original DB5, each taking approximately 4,500 hours and coming out of the same workshop in Newport Pagelle as the 1963 model. In this case, the interesting DB5 Goldfinger was developed in conjunction with Chris Corbold, the special-effects coordinator for the previous 14 Bond films and the man responsible for modifying many of the picture cars.
The cars are outfitted with oil slicks, Browning machine guns that shoot out from behind the lights, and a bulletproof shield that rises from the rear to protect the rear windscreen from roundabouts of villains.
None of these things really work – the oil is actually water, the guns emit a banging noise and some LEDs flash – but even so, the car isn’t street legal. It also comes with a rotating license plate holder and Bond’s ejector seat exit shaped roof panel. Of course, there is no ejector seat.
DB5 will reprise its role”no time to die,” but the film will also feature three other Aston Martin vehicles — a DBS, the Valhalla, and the one we’re most looking forward to seeing on the big screen, the Mark IV version of the creatively named V8. Naturally, a lot. Bond is chasing Bond in the 1990s Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, including a fleet of Maseratis, Range Rovers and the new Defender 110.
“No Time To Die” Debuts in September, and the life-size Corgi will be on display at Battersea Station until October 1.