Let's get the bad news out of the way, since Aston Martin broke my heart by burying this in a disclaimer: The "Goldfinger" special-edition DB5s that Aston Martin is building aren't street-legal. If you had dreams of cutting through rush-hour traffic — possibly literally, in the case of the tire-shredding wheels — in James Bond's iconic Silver Birch 1964 Aston Martin DB5, you're out of luck.
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These "new" DB5s will have working gadgets like the original — so far Aston Martin has only specifically mentioned the rotating license plate — and while a functional ejector seat or dual machine guns are probably out for safety and liability reasons, things like that are why the car won't be legal to drive on public roads. Having a license to kill doesn't also give you a license to drive, it seems.
Fortunately, if you're lucky enough to be one of the 25 buyers, you can probably afford alternate transportation, along with the car's before-tax price of 2.75 million pounds — that's roughly $87 billion based on my knowledge of the exchange rate (or exactly $3,538,752.25 according to the actual exchange rate). One car each will also be kept by Aston Martin and Eon Productions — the studio responsible for producing the "Bond" films — and the 28th will be auctioned "for charity," according to the British automaker.
The DB5 has appeared in six films featuring superspy 007 thus far: "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball," with Sean Connery playing the not-so-secret agent; "GoldenEye" and "Tomorrow Never Dies," with Pierce Brosnan in the role; and in "Casino Royale," "Skyfall" and "Spectre," three of the four movies featuring current Bond actor Daniel Craig. Rumors about Handsomest Man in the World Idris Elba taking over the role after Craig are already swirling and will only intensify should he be one of the 25 — 26, counting the auction — to purchase one of these DB5s.
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