James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 scaled down for kids


The ultimate 007 car for kids includes hidden machine guns, revolving number plates, and and a smoke screen.


Do you want to be the coolest mum or dad in the world? Put this under the Christmas tree for your kids and you’ll be the talk of the neighbourhood and schoolyard! 

With the latest James Bond thriller, No Time to Die, premiering this week ahead of cinema release in November, the film’s producers have partnered with Aston Martin and The Little Car Company (TLCC) to give pint-sized Bond fans the ultimate collectable.

This two-thirds scale replica of Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 – the seminal Bond car – pays homage to the rich history linking James Bond and Aston Martin.

It’s the result of months of collaborative development between Aston Martin and TLCC, and only 125 will be produced.

As for the price? It’s an absolute bargain at just £90,000 ($AU170,000), which is a lot less than the million dollars plus you can expect to pay for a full-size DB5. And none of those come with Bond-spec secret weapons and bad-guy deterrents that can be activated through a secret panel inside the cabin. 

Much like the original, the DB5 Junior’s arsenal includes mini-guns behind retractable headlights, and while they don’t have bullets, the barrels do flash and sound like they’re firing. There’s also a smokescreen emitted from the exhaust that has an hour of smoke stored in a customised tank.

If all of those don’t work, you could activate the changeable digital number plates at both ends in the hopes that the baddies mistake you for the wrong DB5 Junior.

To top it all off, the DB5 Junior has a ‘Skid Mode’ so that budding Bonds can channel their inner Ken Block.

The creators 3D-scanned a full-size Aston Martin DB5 to ensure the DB5 Junior is as faithful as possible to the car on which it’s based. Most elements have been replicated accurately, right down to the wire wheels and Aston Martin grille and badging. 

Some things have been added, such as 007 badging and the hidden panel for controlling the Bond gadgets, and other elements have been ‘reimagined’ for the modern era, such as the fuel gauge which instead shows a battery meter – a hint that this car is battery-powered.

In fact, the Aston Martin DB5 Junior is a running replica capable of speeds up to 72km/h thanks to a 16kW motor powered by four 1.8kWh batteries. 

To make sure you can enjoy the DB5 Junior as much as your spoiled offspring, the replica is designed with a full-size adult passenger seat next to the pint-sized driver’s seat. Before you jump in, we strongly recommend double-checking that it’s not an ejector seat. For more information go to www.thelittlecar.com.

Glenn Butler is one of Australia’s best-known motoring journalists having spent the last 25 years reporting on cars on radio, TV, web and print. He’s a former editor of Wheels, Australia’s most respected car magazine, and was deputy editor of Drive.com.au before that. Glenn’s also worked at an executive level for two of Australia’s most prominent car companies, so he understands how much care and consideration goes into designing and developing new cars. As a journalist, he’s driven everything from Ferraris to Fiats on all continents except Antarctica (which he one day hopes to achieve) and loves discovering each car’s unique personality and strengths. Glenn knows a car’s price isn’t indicative of its competence, and even the cheapest car can enhance your life and expand your horizons. 

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