THE difference between men and boys is the size of their toys, someone once said.
Well, this side of an Apache gunship, you can’t get much better than a real Goldfinger DB5 loaded with all the original gadgets.
Replica machine guns? Yes. Oil slick sprayer? Tick. Rear smokescreen? Of course. Revolving numberplate? Indeed.
Battering rams? Uh-huh. Bulletproof rear shield? Absolutely. Flip-up gearknob with trigger? Why you even asking?
Black and white radar screen with flashing dot? Duh. Tyre shredders? Yep, them too.
Ejector seat? They’re working on it.
Aston Martin is remaking the Goldfinger DB5 for 25 rich people, at £3.3million a pop.
They won’t be road legal but that doesn’t matter. If you can afford one, you’ve probably got a race track in your back garden.
Bond special-effects wizard Chris Corbould is working with Aston Martin on three of the hero gadgets. He let me have a play with the smokescreen, right. That was a mistake.
Chris said: “We have licence to cheat in the film world but we don’t have that luxury on these DB5s.
“These gadgets need to work all the time. We’re having a few challenges with the ejector seat but we’re trying to achieve something similar.
“It just won’t throw someone up 20ft in the air.”
As for the tyre shredders, they’ll be a bolt-on accessory.
Paul Spires, president of Aston Martin Works, said: “We are making history here.
“We all had the Corgi toy as children and now it has grown into a full-sized car with full-sized gadgets.”
Now, you may be wondering what happened to the original DB5 we first saw on-screen in 1964. Good question.
That’s a mystery worthy of the pen of Ian Fleming himself.
It was stolen from an airport hangar in Florida in 1997.
Thieves dragged it out by its axles, leaving telltale tyre marks, before loading it on to a waiting cargo plane. It has never been seen since.