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When it come to merchandise linked to films or TV shows the quality of an item that is mass produced can drop considerably, with the vehicles released by Corgi as part of the James Bond Range you know straight away that the vehicles themselves have good presentation and most importantly are accurate to what was seen in the film. Goldeneye was released in 1995 and marked the return of the Bond movies after a six year absence, in reality which was due to a legal wrangling over the rights of the films themselves. However the film itself was the first appearance with Pierce Brosnan as 007. As a move away from the normal brand of vehicles Bond drove a BMW Z3, controversial at the time and to be honest it doesn't get used much in the film at all except top be seen in Q's lab and driven down a road when Bond is in Cuba.
However it is part of the Corgi collection, and I have to say that I am impressed with the details of the vehicle itself as the attention to detail is high and quite impressive to say the least. By this I mean the accuracy of the vehicle. The body paint colour of a rather fetching pale blue that borders a light grey is absolutely spot on as is the dimensions of the BMW itself and the replication of the angles of the easily recognisable BMW given the badge on the front has been applied in very good detail without any splashing of paint into the surrounding edges. Also in the early Corgi releases of this vehicle the car didn't have any passengers and was just simply a car with no driver and empty setas, and in the newly released or updated Directors Cut series two figures have been included in the car, James Bond and Natalia Simonova, both replicated in the correct manner that they were both dressed in the scenes that they travelled in the BMW in the single scene the vehicle was used so in some ways this is a far superior 1:36 scale vehicle with Bond in his sharp white shirt and suit with his companion in a red dress. Nice to see and shows the effort made yet due to the scale neither of the figures actually don't resemble the actors at all and look more like Ken and Barbie in a two-seater car open top car and you cant remove them from the vehicle so they are fixed there like a pair of crash test dummies! They are captured in a pose as well with Bond's hands on the bottom of the steering wheel driving and the Bond girl in a pose that doesn't make her look completely static. The headlights are stickers and don't really look that convincing at all, yet this is a minor thing as I wouldn't expect anything that immaculate on a model of this size. There I a splash of colour on the inside as well with the headrests and the sterring wheel just giving a nice break from the beige interior.
Annoyingly it's also a left hand drive as well... not very British!
It does have additional features as you can fire missiles from behind the headlights as was described in the film, yet I haven't actually taken this out the box since I bought it from Modelzone as I prefer to collect these and eventually put them all on display once I have a decent glass unit to present them with. Until then the box goes on a shelf, this isn't a normal everyday toy that a kid can play with as the quality of the car itself is impressive and the last thing any collector would want is to have this car chipped and dented, one thing that you do notice is that the tread on the wheels and the spokes on the alloys. This is by far the brightest and shiniest part of the vehicle and something that shows the vehicle off very well.
Overall this is a good addition. Corgi has upped their game with the Directors Cut series and for a vehicle that was underused in the film has delivered an impressive model that shows the vehicle to a very high standard. As I said earlier this is a 1:36 scale model of the actual car and so the model is only 4.25 inches long and 2 inches wide. The presentation of the model in the packaging instantly connects this to the Pierce Brosnan era as he is shown on the box with the insignia of the film next to him. On the back of the box is a quite informative breakdown of the films story and the use of the vehicle in the story
This is another fun little addition to the Corgi 'Bond' collection. The BMW Z3 was used in the film 'Goldeneye'. It didn't have too much of a role in all honesty (Bond was driving it for a very short while) and it's not a true Bond car (it's not laden with gadgets to help Bond escape). But it's still pretty decent.
But what about the model? Well, Corgi have a reutation to keep, and they certainly do with this model. This has a quality feel to it, and is well made. The lights on the front may not look perfect, but they house a couple of missile, which can be fired out from the car by pressing down the headrests. A nice novel idea; but not one the car actually had in the film. Which gives this the feel of being a 'toy' rather than a model. By feel, I don't mean that it feels cheap quality wise, just that it feels like it was aimed at kids to play with. And at about £14 (depending on where you buy it), it really isn't badly priced. The model feel solid, and will certainly last a long time. I just wouldn't advise letting the kids play with it and bash it around!
But on the whole, this is a neat, well made, nicely finished model. It's maybe not a must for Bond fans, as it isn't a true replica of a true Bond car. But, as a model, it's pretty good.
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...