Product Type: Corgi Toy Car
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Corgi James Bond Goldeneye BMW Z3 & Figure
Member Name: Jake Speed
Corgi James Bond Goldeneye BMW Z3 & Figure
Advantages: Quality replica model car
Disadvantages: For ages 14+
1995 saw the first James Bond film for six years after studio litigation had mothballed the franchise since 1989. GoldenEye marked the debut of Pierce Brosnan in a role he'd been linked to since the early eighties and also gave Bond a brand new car (in addition to the returning Aston Martin) in the form of the BMW Z3 - which was given a big build-up by Q in the lab sequence ("Now, this I'm particularly proud of - behind the headlights, stinger missiles!"). To the annoyance of many though the BMW was not seen in action at all and only featured very briefly in the film being driven down a dusty road by Bond and Natalya Simonova before Joe Don Baker flew a plane over their heads to bring them to a halt. It felt like a bit of a swizz but they probably made up for it in Tomorrow Never Dies where (a slightly different) BMW was put through a boisterous and explosive action sequence set in a huge car park. Despite only getting a disappointing cameo in the actual film the blue GoldenEye BMW Z3 did get its own Corgi die-cast replica though in the 1:36 scale range.
This is another quality Bond replica die-cast model from Corgi (the length of the BMW is 110mm) and the first thing you notice is the wonderful metallic blue paintwork which is very impressive and gives the car a sparkly sheen that catches shadows. The model boasts Spoked wheels, Wing mirrors, Full body decoration, Interior decoration and Front firing missiles and is nicely detailed as you'd expect from this popular range of Bond related vehicles. The silver spokes are stylishly done and look very intricate and striking cast against the black plastic wheels. I don't know anything at all about real cars but it's obvious the BMW Z3 is a very snazzy little vehicle and Corgi have done a good job here in capturing the sleek likeness of the car used in the 1995 film (albeit for a disappointing length of time with no gadgets deployed etc). There are many clever little details you only notice on your second or third examination of the die-cast replica - like the tiny BMW badge on the front of the car.
The replica car also has a little 007 number plate which is a nice touch but probably not something Bond would really do as he's supposed to be incognito and not advertise his codename! There are (two) white and (one) orange lights on either side at the front of the BMW adding an extra daub of colour and I like too the small parallel grills alongside one another inbetween the lights on either side. All it lacks is a tax disc, some furry dice and half a packet of polo mints on the dashboard. The interior of the car is beige with a black dashboard, steering wheel etc and the seats and little bits and pieces are very nicely detailed and crafted. As usual, this Corgi Bond replica is recommended for ages 14+ because the little attachments (and figures) that come with it could potentially be dangerous for younger children.
Consequently and understandably given the propensity of Bond fans to buy anything 007 related (I, for example, have purchased Bond magazines printed in languages I can't read) and the 14+ tag of these vehicles the Corgi range of Bondian transport replicas tends to be slanted more towards the Bond collector than this being a mere toy. Not that you can't play with it though if you want to with the other cars you might have in this range. I have (purely for research purposes) and I can confirm that poor old Pierce wouldn't stand a chance in this against Sean's Aston Martin and Roger's Lotus Esprit. The box with this is a little disappointing and bland though. It's black with gold trim and has the familiar Bond silloette/gunbarrel at the top and the GoldenEye graphic font from the film poster but apart from the Corgi and '007' logo that's about it. It would have been nice perhaps to incorporate some sort of photo montage from the film or a picture of Pierce Brosnan as Bond as most people who buy these tend to keep the box in good condition and keep hold of it.
You get two figures to put in the car - Pierce Brosnan as James Bond and Izabella Scorupco's Russian computer programmer Bond girl Natalya Simonova. It's always quite good fun when you get a figure to put in your Bond replica model so it's nice to get two here even if they look absolutely nothing like Pierce Brosnan or Izabella Scorupco. It must be hard to get a good likeness of someone from a relatively small piece of plastic but they don't even get Brosnan's hair colour right. The Brosnan figure looks vaguely like David Beckham for some reason. The figures are taken from the Cuba sequence where the BMW is stopped by Joe Don Baker's (friendly) Felix Leiter substitute character Jake Wade in a light aircraft with the little plastic James Bond in a beige summer suit with a white shirt and the little plastic Natalya in a fetching orange/red dress as she stares vacantly ahead like one of the Stepford Wives. The figures are a nice addition though even if they do look a trifle stern as if Natalya has been nagging Bond about him reading the map wrongly or something.
The die-cast replica GoldenEye BMW Z3 is a fun addition to the Corgi Bond toyshelf and adds a nice bit of variety to a range that is slightly Aston Martin heavy. It's an attractive and well made toy/collectible with a good likeness for its cinematic source and well up to the standard set by the other James Bond die-cast models it follows on from. Now, if you'll please excuse me, I have to Bungee Jump off a dam into a chemical weapons factory and save the free world yet again...
Summary: Another Corgi Bond themed model
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