The James Bond movie countdown begins as toymaker Corgi and Aston Martin release a gadget-laden DB5

As any die-hard collector will tell you, when it comes to valuable vintage toy cars, make sure you keep them in pristine condition in the box.

For millions of kids of all ages who have had a toy version of James Bond’s classic gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5 since 1965, it’s a lesson they’ve mostly learned the hard way.

Original mint copies of that 007-gadget-loaded Corgi car can sell for hundreds and even thousands of pounds, provided you’ve kept it in the box and haven’t been tempted to play around with it.

Besides, that little blue figure with a gun from the passenger seat propelled through the pop-up roof via an ejection seat – how many thousands have been lost under couch cushions and beyond may never be known…

Producers of the 007 film have joined forces with Aston Martin and toy company Corgi to produce a replica of a gadget-laden DB5, completing a life-size toy box

Producers of the 007 film have joined forces with Aston Martin and toy company Corgi to produce a replica of a gadget-laden DB5, completing a life-size toy box

Well, today, to count down the last month to the theatrical release of the much-delayed new Bond movie No time to die, starring Daniel Craig in what is expected to be his final appearance in the 007 role, the film’s producers have joined forces with Aston Martin and toy company Corgi to produce the ultimate giant replica box of that much-loved favorite 007. toy – complete with a working gadget-laden DB5 inside.

Measuring 5.66 meters long, 2.7 meters high and 2.7 meters deep, the gigantic life-size model box replicates the original Corgi design and will be on display for the public along with the car at The Coaling Jetty, Battersea Power Station. in London until October 1.

With the pandemic causing the film’s delay, the stunt also coincides with the unveiling of the action-packed global TV trailer set against the backdrop of London’s Battersea Power Station featuring the Aston Martin DB5 – of which eight stunt replicas were produced for the film.

The Aston Martin DB5 shown in the box is one of a limited number of DB5 ‘Goldfinger’ Continuation cars costing £3.3million each.

Measuring 5.66 meters long, 2.7 meters high and 2.7 meters deep, the gigantic life-size model box replicates the original Corgi design and will be on display for the public along with the car at The Coaling Jetty, Battersea Power Station. in London until October 1.

Measuring 5.66 meters long, 2.7 meters high and 2.7 meters deep, the gigantic life-size model box replicates the original Corgi design and will be on display for the public along with the car at The Coaling Jetty, Battersea Power Station. in London until October 1.

Measuring 5.66 meters long, 2.7 meters high and 2.7 meters deep, the gigantic life-size model box replicates the original Corgi design and will be on display for the public along with the car at The Coaling Jetty, Battersea Power Station. in London until October 1.

The Aston Martin DB5 featured in the box is one of a limited number of DB5 'Goldfinger' Continuation cars costing £3.3m each

The Aston Martin DB5 featured in the box is one of a limited number of DB5 'Goldfinger' Continuation cars costing £3.3m each

The Aston Martin DB5 featured in the box is one of a limited number of DB5 ‘Goldfinger’ Continuation cars costing £3.3m each

Built from scratch by Aston Martin using the original tools, they come with most of the working gadgets fans will recognize from the classic James Bond movie – including rotating license plates, a retractable bulletproof rear shield, battering ram bumpers, smoke and oil slick options and machine guns. pull out.

Although there is a nod to an ejection seat, a working version was not possible for ‘health and safety reasons’.

Only 25 DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars will be produced, more than 55 years after the last new DB5 rolled off the assembly line at Aston Martin’s then global manufacturing base in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.

All new cars are authentic reproductions of the DB5 on display, available in one Silver Birch exterior paint scheme (just like the original) – with just a few ‘sympathetic tweaks and improvements to ensure the highest levels of quality and reliability’.

James Bond’s return to cinema screens marks the first time four different Aston Martin models appear in a 007 Bond film.

In addition to the DB5, the film features a classic Aston Martin V8 alongside the DBS Grand Tourer and the original prototype version of the forthcoming £700,000 217mph Valhalla mid-engine hypercar that sprints from rest to 60mph in under three seconds.

Original mint copies of Corgi's 007 gadget-loaded car can sell for hundreds if not thousands of pounds

Original mint copies of Corgi's 007 gadget-loaded car can sell for hundreds if not thousands of pounds

Original mint copies of Corgi’s 007 gadget-loaded car can sell for hundreds if not thousands of pounds

In this 2019 photo, actor Daniel Craig can be seen partially, left, sitting in one of the Aston Martin DB5s used on the set of the latest James Bond film 'No time to die' in Matera, southern Italy

In this 2019 photo, actor Daniel Craig can be seen partially, left, sitting in one of the Aston Martin DB5s used on the set of the latest James Bond film 'No time to die' in Matera, southern Italy

In this 2019 photo, actor Daniel Craig can be seen partially, left, sitting in one of the Aston Martin DB5s used on the set of the latest James Bond film ‘No time to die’ in Matera, southern Italy

The original 1965 Corgi James Bond Aston Martin DB5 – which replicated the on-screen action features of the vehicle in ‘Goldfinger’ – proved an instant success, winning the UK’s ‘Toy of the Year’ and ‘Best Boys Toy’ titles at the National Association of Toy Retailers Awards in the same year.

More than 20 million have been sold worldwide and it is still produced to this day. Originally priced at around 10/- (50p), Corgi said the model has proved so popular over the years that it had to be modified several times.

Since its first appearance in Goldfinger, the DB5 has appeared in a number of 007 films with various Bonds since Sean Connery, including Thunderball (1965), Goldeneye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012 ), Specter (2015) and the soon-to-be-released No Time To Die (in which the front machine guns are moved to the rear of the headlights.

The grand unveiling was performed by Aston Martin design chief Marek Reichman.

He was joined by special effects coordinator Chris Corbould OBE, who is responsible for some of the most dazzling James Bond action sequences from the past 14 films.

The limited edition DB5 'Goldfinger' Continuation cars come complete with most of the working gadgets fans will recognize from the classic James Bond movie - including rotating license plates, a retractable bulletproof rear shield, battering ram bumpers, smoke and oil slick options, and pull out machine guns.

The limited edition DB5 'Goldfinger' Continuation cars come complete with most of the working gadgets fans will recognize from the classic James Bond movie - including rotating license plates, a retractable bulletproof rear shield, battering ram bumpers, smoke and oil slick options, and pull out machine guns.

The limited edition DB5 ‘Goldfinger’ Continuation cars come complete with most of the working gadgets fans will recognize from the classic James Bond movie – including rotating license plates, a retractable bulletproof rear shield, battering ram bumpers, smoke and oil slick options, and pull out machine guns.

Actor Sean Connery, the original James Bond, pictured on the set of Goldfinger with one of the fictional spy cars, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Actor Sean Connery, the original James Bond, pictured on the set of Goldfinger with one of the fictional spy cars, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Actor Sean Connery, the original James Bond, pictured on the set of Goldfinger with one of the fictional spy cars, a 1964 Aston Martin DB5

He was also heavily involved in the engineering of the eight DB5 stunt replicas produced for the film, and the working gadgets on the DB5 Goldfinger Continuation cars.

Reichman said: ‘Aston Martin’s relationship with James Bond spans decades and the DB5 is without a doubt the most famous car in the world thanks to its 50-year partnership.

“To now team up with Corgi – another quintessentially British brand – and to see James Bond’s most cherished car sitting in a large toy box in central London is quite wonderful.”

Corbould said: ‘I can honestly say it is a privilege to be here today to help unveil this incredible display for such an iconic car that truly holds a special place in Bond’s history’.

No Time To Die is the 25th official James Bond film from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) and Universal Pictures International.

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, it stars Daniel Craig in his fifth and expected final appearance as Bond creator Ian Fleming’s British secret agent 007.

The film is written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade (Spectre, Skyfall), Cary Joji Fukunaga and Fleabag and Killing Eve’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge and will be released worldwide from September 2021.

The plot sees Bond leave active duty and enjoy a quiet life in Jamaica. But his peace is short lived when his old friend and CIA agent Felix Leiter arrives asking for help.

The producers note: “The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”

More details on: www.007.com

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