Skyfall has to be one of the best Bond films of recent years. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
And one of the protagonists was the Aston Martin DB5, who took a starring role. For those who have not seen the film stop reading past this point – you have been warned.
I was slightly shocked to see the Aston going for a Burton in the film – I mean it took a right pounding. And the end bit where it went “poof” was a real stunner – no more DB5 as part of the Bond franchise.
I was very suspicious that they would not actually destroy a DB5 – I mean they wrecked a DB4 Volante in the original Italian Job, but this car is now worth around £200k + these days.
So what was the solution? I searched the internet high and low for the answer. Some stated that it was a 928 with a body on it. Incorrect.
The Aston Martin DB5 is a classic piece of machinery, and it was featured in earlier James Bond films like Goldfinger and Thunderball over 50 years ago. The car also made an appearance in the latest Bond movie, Skyfall, where it exploded into flames during an intense action scene. However, what you saw in the movie was actually a 1:3 scale 3D-printed model of a DB5.
The filmmakers didn’t want to destroy an original Aston Martin DB5 (for obvious reasons), so they relied on a company called Voxeljet who used a massive VX4000 3D printer with 283 cubic feet of space to create three 1:3 scale models of the Aston Martin DB5, one of which saw its immediate death from an explosion in the movie.
In order to actually operate different parts of the car like the hood, doors, and the trunk, the makers constructed the replicas from 18 different components. After all the parts were made, they were sent off to Propshop Modelmakers in London to be assembled, finished, lacquered, and chromed to make them look exactly like the original.
It’s not said how much it cost to make one of these 3D-printed replicas, but one of the models that wasn’t destroyed in the movie was auctioned off for $100,000. Voxeljet says that this opportunity has opened up another door for the company, and says that more filmmakers may be using 3D-printed objects instead of 3D graphics in the future for better realistic scenes.