Skyfall Used 3D-Printed Rare Aston Martin So The Original Wouldn't Be Damaged

These days, filmmakers often turn to computer graphics for scenes of destruction that would otherwise be too expensive or dangerous to stage in real life. But Skyfall posed a different problem. Namely that the effects crew didn't want to damage a priceless 1960 Aston Martin DB 5 that appeared in the original Bond film 50 years ago.

So, instead of turning to 3D graphics, they turned to 3D printers.

The effects crew modelmakers called on a company called Voxeljet, who used a massive 3D printer with a capacity of eight cubic metres to reproduce three 1:3 scale models of the Aston Martin. Each pseudo-miniature was actually assembled from 18 individual components so that they could be assembled with real-life functionality such as opening doors, trunks and bonnets.

Unfortunately one of the models met its untimely death in an elaborate Hollywood-esque explosion, but its sacrifice ensured the original DB 5 was not harmed in the making of the film. [ via Damn Geeky]

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    models are always better than CGI!

    The DB5 first appeared in Goldfinger - the 3rd Bond film, not the original. says 'the original film' meaning the original film the car appeared in. No where does it say the first Bond film.

        But 50 years ago was Dr No, not Goldfinger. "in the original Bond film 50 years ago".

    I'm all for preservation of automotive history but surely a film with a budget of hundreds of millions of dollars could afford a few vintage cars, there not that valuable are they?

      i think its more about how rare the car is then how expensive it is. theres prob not too many around....

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