EON Productions is an American owned British production house that is more well known for its association with James Bond movies. They have given memorable movies from Dr. No (1962) to the Spectre (2015). Several of the cars that featured in James Bond movies also became iconic, because of special gadgets that special agent 007 used. And all of these were the ideas of Sir Kenneth Adams, the legendary British production house designer.
One of the most legendary cars that stood out was the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that featured in the movie Goldfinger starring Sean Connery. Sir Adams installed several new gadgets including revolving number plates, smoke screen, machine guns, oil slick projector, ejection seats, car tyre shredder, etc. in the original car. The same car got featured again in the 2012 movie Skyfall starring Daniel Craig.
On 50th anniversary of the movie, the firm decided to come out with a specially built scale model of the same Aston Martin DB5. So, the 1:3 scale size diecast was commissioned by PropShop and created to replicate the original. It had revolving number plates with registration number BMT 216A (same as in the movie), detachable passenger roof section, detailed upholstered interiors, etc. The entire car was plated in 24 karat gold.
They did this by making a 3D scan and fabricating the parts using a 3D printer. The dimensions of this monstrous collectible are 5 ft length x 2.2 ft width x 2 ft height and the final weight is 130 kg. The diecast was personally signed by Sir Kenneth Adams.
In 2014, it was put on auction by Christie’s and was purchased by an English farmer Robert Tyrell for about Rs. 61 lakhs (US$ 86,000). Its proceeds went as charity to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).
Few months back, EON Productions decided to make another 100 pieces. They are currently on sale and each cost Rs. 28 lakh (US$ 35,000) and comes with a special hardbound brochure and a Skyfall DVD.