• Short Summary

    THERE'S NOTHING UNUSUAL ABOUT OPTIONAL EXTRAS FOR CARS THESE DAYS -- RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, COCKTAIL CABINETS AND THE LIKE CAN ALL BE FITTED FOR A FEW ADDITIONAL POUNDS.

  • Description

    THERE'S NOTHING UNUSUAL ABOUT OPTIONAL EXTRAS FOR CARS THESE DAYS -- RADIOS, TELEVISION SETS, COCKTAIL CABINETS AND THE LIKE CAN ALL BE FITTED FOR A FEW ADDITIONAL POUNDS. THERE'S ONE CAR AROUND THAT HAS SOME EXTRAS THAT TO SAY THE LEAST ARE QUITE UNUSUAL -- IT'S THE ASTON MARTIN DRIVEN BY SECRET AGENT 007, BETTER KNOWN TO THE FILMGOERS WORLD AS ROUGH, TOUGH AND BRUTAL JAMES BOND.

    THE CAR, TO BE SHOWN NEXT MONTH AT THE PARIS MOTOR SHOW, IS THE BRAIN-CHILD OF SPECIAL EFFECTS MAN, JOHN STEARS, WHO WORKED ON THE LATE JAMES BOND FILM 'GOLDFINGER', WHICH GETS ITS LONDON PREMIERE ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 17).

    AN OUTWARDLY STANDARD ASTON MARTIN DB5, IT HIDES BENEATH ITS LUXURY EXTERIOR SOME OF THE MOST CUNNING SPECIAL EFFECTS THOUGHT UP FOR THE SILVER SCREEN SINCE THE INVENTION TRICK PHOTOGRAPHY. MACHINE GUNS, RADAR, BATTERING RAMS, SMOKE SCREEN DISCHARGERS, RETRACTING KNIVES AND AN EJECTION SEAT FOR UNWANTED PASSENGERS ARE A FEW OF THE EXTRAS THIS GOLDFINGER SPECIAL CAN BOAST OF.

    THE SECRET IS A CONTROL PANEL FITTED TO THE ARM-REST OF THE FRONT SEAT. ALL THE GADGETS ACTUALLY WORK AND PROVIDE AGENT 007 WITH THE SCIENTIFIC WEAPONS TO COMBAT THE ARCH-CROOK, GOLDFINGER.

    ASTON MARTIN DIDN'T UNDERTAKE THE ENGINEERING TO FIT THE EXTRAS TO THE CAR, WHICH ALSO INCLUDE QUICK-CHANGE NUMBER PLATES; BULLET PROOF WINDSCREEN AND A BULLET-PROOF STEEL PANEL WHICH CAN BE RAISED FROM THE BOOT TO SHIELD THE REAR WINDOW.

    ALL THIS MAKES THE CAR VERY UNUSUAL, BUT ACCORDING TO SPOKESMEN FOR THE CAR COMPANY -- IT IS BEST TO POINT OUT THAT THE JAMES BOND "EXTRAS" ARE NOT GENERALLY AVAILABLE. AT GBP4,000 PLUS FOR THE STANDARD ASTON MARTIN, WHO CARES?

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABF1KB410YX7XANGJXWAY0B6LE
    Media URN:
    VLVABF1KB410YX7XANGJXWAY0B6LE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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