Luxury auto maker Aston Martin falls to first-quarter loss

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Each of the 25 cars is priced at £2.75 million before taxes.

Aston Martin and EON Productions, the company that produces the James Bond films, are working on the 25 new cars that aside from being remarkable as new-build DB5's will also feature an exciting array of working gadgets first seen on screen in the classic James Bond adventure Goldfinger. More because Aston Martin promised to bring back the clever features that made the movie unforgettable and would augment the nostalgia of the half-century-old James Bond movie.

The carmaker has now given a broad idea of the 007-quality tricks it would pack in the car's sleeve.

Paul Spires, president of Aston Martin Works, said: 'As work progresses on these remarkable cars, it's both exciting and a little sobering to think that we are truly making history here'. Whether any of those devices will make it to the continuation cars has yet to be revealed. But going by the list they are awesome even if the automaker may chip off one or two in the final phase. A simulated radar tracking screen and an identical centre console to the film car's will also feature.

However the infamous ejector seat is proving a more hard challenge though a nod to it in some form or other hasn't been totally ruled out as a teaser. There are now no plans to include an ejector seat, something the vehicle had in the movie but "there may be a surprise or two when you operate the ejector seat button", Aston Martin representatives said in an email. The logo of Aston Martin is seen on a auto displayed at the Aston Martin stand during the press days of the Paris Motor Show, Oct. 3, 2018.

Eon Productions" Special effects expert Chris Corbould said: "My involvement has chiefly been with the front guns, smoke screen and oil slick gadgets, with Aston Martin engineers producing the other items.

Corbould says the challenge in building these gadgets into a road auto (although it isn't street-legal) is to actually put them all into one vehicle, whereas in a film there would be multiple examples, likely with a single gadget each.

But unlike on film, there is limited "licence to cheat" when recreating the cars at Aston Martin's classics and special editions factory in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.

The 20th Bonhams Aston Martin sale will see almost 70 years of British motor history up for auction, from a 1952 Lagonda to a 2019 Vanquish Zagato shooting brake.

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