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Hands on with the Lego Aston Martin DB5 -- and its ejector seat

Famous for its role in James Bond Goldfinger, the new Lego set comes complete with machine guns, bullet screen and working ejector seat.

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The iconic Aston Martin DB5 from James Bond film Goldfinger has been immortalised in Lego form. 

We've been hands on with the latest addition to the Lego Creator series, including the car's awesome front-mounted machine guns, rear bullet screen and, of course, the ejector seat.

James Bond's DB5 is on sale now in Lego Stores for £130 in the UK, $150 in the US and varying prices across Europe.   

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The iconic DB5 immortalised in Lego form.

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The Lego DB5 features various working features, from opening doors to top secret superspy gadgets.

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The DB5 launched at London's Lego Store.

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Actor Naomie Harris, who plays Moneypenny in the latest Bond films, unveiled the DB5 at precisely 10:07am.

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The real thing.

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In 1965, Sean Connery's Bond was issued with the gadget-packed DB5, and a cinematic icon was born.

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James Bond has been synonymous with Aston Martin ever since.

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Even in brick form, the legendary Aston silhouette is clear.

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It's a bit blocky-looking if you view it straight on, but that's Lego for you.

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Stuck with a troublesome passenger? Pull back on the rear bumper to open the roof...

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And ping! The working ejector seat fires the bad guy out of the car.

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The front of the car shows off that signature Aston Martin styling.

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The number plates rotate, just like in the movies.

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The wheels include clip-on tyre slashers for seeing off overtaking villains.

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Under the bonnet is a replica of the real car's straight-six engine.

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Twist the exhaust pipe to pop up a rear-window bullet shield.

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Inside the car is a hidden "tracking computer".

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The gear stick pulls back to pop out the machine guns.

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The Lego DB5 matches the real car's signature silver birch paint job.

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See how excited everyone is.

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Various hidden features are operated by mechanisms hidden inside the car's design.

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Sayonara, bad guy!

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The Lego DB5 was developed in partnership with both Bond producers Eon and the real-life car manufacturer Aston Martin.

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Look out for signature Aston Martin features such as the chrome vent.

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Sadly there's no minifigure included, so you'll have to make your own Lego Bond.

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The boot opens to store Bond's many suits and gadgets.

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Here's the pop-up bullet shield in action.

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The DB5 is part of the Lego Creator Expert line for builders aged 16 and over.

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The last thing many bad guys will ever see: James Bond's taillights.

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