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This is the most iconic figure in the world of James Bond, and is certainly the most recogiseable in film history. This is a car packed with gadgets in true James Bond (or at least, Q) style. Bond puts the car and gadgets to good use in the film Goldfinger, and now Corgi have replicated that in this scale model.
This is a die-cast, 1:36 scale model of the DB5 from the film. As with everything Corgi make, the quality is superb.... well, mostly. The only problem I have is with the ejector seat. The roof is cut out, and hinged at the rear. By pressing a button on the side of the car, the roof flicks up and the spring-loaded seat flies up (but not out of the car). The little man generally flies out though. However, it's not a neat finish, and detracts from the look of the car. But a way around this is to have it in an 'action pose' all the time, with the roof open. Apart from that, the other working features are fine; the battering rams at the front work well, as does the bullet-proof shield for the rear windscreen. But, to be fair, this issue would be avoided in a larger scale model. For a small model, it's acceptable. And with a price tag of aorund the £14 mark (depending where you go), you can't really complain.
However, Corgi have managed faithfully reproduced the orginal car, right down to the correct number plate. This is a great little piece, and a must for Bond fans. Just don't be too picky about the working features.
The Aston Martin DB5 is (with apologies to all aquatic Lotus Esprit fans) the most famous James Bond car of them all and attained instant iconic status when it featured in the 1963 film Goldfinger. "I never joke about my work 007," snapped Q when Bond thought he was having a laugh about the ejector seat, smoke screen, radar, bullet proof glass, machine guns etc. About the only thing the car didn't have was a SodaStream in case Bond had just saved the world or defused a nuclear bomb with seconds to spare and now felt like a nice refreshing glass of fizzy pop. The Aston Martin is forever associated with the golden age of James Bond in the sixties and became known as "The Most Famous Car in the World" after being driven by Sean Connery's super suave agent in what surely remains the best known Bond film of all time. It was special effects expert John Stears who asked Aston Martin for the use of one of their snazzy vehicles with a view to turning the sports car into a gadget laden moving arsenal fit for a secret agent and the rest is history. Corgi have been making die-cast James Bond toy vehicles since 1965 and these pleasantly detailed models have become very popular in the world of Bond collectibles and merchandise with the DB5 naturally the most famous and enduring car in the range.
The Corgi Aston Martin DB5 is a very attractive looking replica model with some impressive detail as you'd expect. This is in the 1:36 scale range and the toy Aston is 125 mm long. I should point out that the model is recommended for ages 14+ due to the various bits and pieces that can be pulled out or be accidently eaten or whatever in the wrong hands etc. The features of the model Aston replica are good fun and of course mirror its full size counterpart from Goldfinger. For starters, there is a nice facsimile of the Rear bullet proof screen which came in very handy whenever some of Auric Goldfinger's goons decided to take a few shots at 007 and a Rear tyre slasher which would be very welcome in real life when another driver was irritating you. This Rear tyre slasher is located on the back wheel and comes out with a silver spoke at the end. I like this Corgi range of models because the replicas look like they contain a great deal of affection and attention to detail in their production.
The Aston Martin returned in several James Bond films after Goldfinger in various forms (with most of them having Corgi replicas too) but it did seem to become more and more gimmicky with Pierce Brosnan's last Aston actually having the ability to turn invisible to aid his quest to unmask a Korean villain posing as an overacting Toby Stephens. I did quite enjoy the Aston Martin in The Living Daylights though where the tyre slasher was replaced by a laser that more or less did the same thing. Sadly, Corgi have yet to develop laser technology for their range of Bond replica toy cars. Other features of this DB5 model that ape the famous cinematic car driven by Connery's Bond are Wing mirrors and Interior decoration. The sleek curves of the Aston are present here even in this miniature form and although what I know about real cars wouldn't fill the back of an envelope even I am aware that the Aston is a wonderful looking vehicle. Corgi have done a good job here in capturing the likeness of this most famous of cars.
Also included with this Corgi Aston Martin DB5 replica are the Machine guns, Full body decoration and the famous Ejector seat. The machine guns come out of the front of the car below the lights should you wish and there is also a little Bond figure inside behind the wheel. The whole of the roof opens up for the ejector seat to fling a little Tommy Cooper lookalike villain figure into the air before you dispense a sardonic Bondian quip. I love the bright silver wheel spokes on the model and the four lights on the back which add a splash of colour to the model. I tend to think of these Corgi replicas more as collectibles than toys but they are good fun if you want to pretend to be Sean Connery when no one is looking - if a bit fiddly. Bond collectors are likely to treat these models with caution and care though which is probably for the best if you want to keep it for a long time and not lose anything. I would obviously advise keeping hold of the box with this as it is a collectible. You are probably never going to become rich from owning some Corgi James Bond cars but a decent range of these would certainly not be cheap to build up.
The intricate little details are very enjoyable to explore and I like all the little touches like the machine guns and the bullet proof glass. Both of the doors open too if you want them to. The Corgi Aston Martin DB5 retails at about £14 which doesn't sound like a huge amount of money but obviously it will all tot up if you are a Bond completist/collector with an irresistible urge to buy anything Bond related or collect as many of these vehicles as possible to sit on a shelf alongside each other in majestically geeky and Bondian fashion. The real charm of this range is undoubtedly in collecting the various cars together. The DB5 replica is a good quality model with an immediate likeness that evokes memories of Mint Juleps with Auric Goldfinger in the afternoon sun, burly bowler hatted Korean henchmen, Shirley Bassey, gold paint, Fort Knox and rolling in the hay with Pussy Galore. Now, if you'll please excuse me, I'm off to pit Sean Connery's Aston Martin DB5 against Roger Moore's Lotus Esprit in the battle of the Bond replica vehicle titans...