|DB5 before the shoot out|
You never have to explain what you are talking about when you use those numbers. "Shaken, not stirred"; "The name's Bond, James Bond"; everybody has their favourite quote, favourite Bond actor, favourite Bond music and favourite Bond car.
An invitation to a cocktail party at the Designing 007 exhibition arrived on my desk like an early Christmas present and with it a chance to discover the truth behind what really happened to the Aston Martin DB5 that was destroyed in Skyfall.
The exhibition is terrific, it includes all manner of Bond film content; the posters from all the films; guns and gadgets; Odd Job's Bowler hat; the "dresses" worn (or almost worn) by many of the Bond women; a room devoted to Ian Flemming (it seems he could write a book in about the time it takes me to write one of these blogs); lots of film clips; and of course, two Astons, a DBS in the foyer and the DB5, thankfully looking pristine, at the entrance to the exhibition.
|The destroyed Skyfall DB5|
There were two other Astons and these were what I was most interested in. The photo at the top of this piece is one of three one-third scale models that were produced using 3D printing technology. These are what saved the precious original from destruction. The photo on the right shows another of the models after the fire fight at Skyfall.
German company voxeljet was commissioned by the Pinewood Studios company propshop Modelmakers to make three plastic models of the DB5 using their 3D printing technology.I was both fascinated and astonished when I saw the models that this technology produced. Now I can sleep at night knowing that a DB5 was not sacrificed.
Photos: Phil Randall (he races a Formula Ford, not an Aston)