This is a spoiler alert: stop reading now if you haven't seen Skyfall and don't want to know anything about it.
There are five major stars in Skyfall, only four of them human. The fifth is the Aston Martin DB5 that makes a return to the series as a gadget car for the first time since Thunderball. The plot calls on bad things to happen to the 1964 platinum coupe, but seeing as it's worth $4.6 million, producers figured it would be better if something happened to a facsimile of the 1964 platinum coupe.
Enter Voxeljet, an Augsburg, Germany company specializing in 3D printing. The production team commissioned three one-third scale models of the DB5, and Voxeljet's industrial-sized printers layered up the 18 plastic parts that compose the unfinished model. The models were then sent to Propshop Makers in the UK for finishing work like paint and bullet holes. And then one of them was blown up...
Showing just how much the Bond provenance can do for the worth of an object, one of the remaining printed Astons was auctioned by Christie's and fetched £61,250 ($99,041 US), beating its pre-sale estimate by more than 50 percent.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Skyfall, the latest in the Bond franchise, killed it at the US box office on opening weekend, it's $88.4-million haul more than doubling the second-highest-grossing film. Mostly sticking to the best of British, the film's protagonists spend a lot of time with a Jaguar XJ, a Range Rover Sport (with a lot of Evoques in the background) and a Land Rover Defender. A Mercedes-Benz S-Class gets some love in Shanghai and the opening action scene in Turkey goes all out on some Honda CF250Rs.
Skyfall is also the return of the Aston Martin DB5, sporting the same number plate as it did in its first appearance in 1964's Goldfinger: BMT 216A. British car financing site Car Loan 4 U wondered which cars have helped Bond get the
If cars were the measure of receipts, then the DB5 owns it. The Ion Productions team will hope it can work its magic again, and it's looking good so far. Check out the full list of movies and cars in the infographic below.Permalink | Email this | Comments