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Another Corgi James Bond die-cast replica, this time the World is Not Enough BMW Z8. The car was driven by Pierce Brosnan in the nineteenth James Bond film and is another fun addition to this extensive and popular range. To refresh your memory, The World is Not Enough is the one where Brosnan drove a speedboat down the Thames in the PTS and (ahem) Denise Richards played a nuclear physicist who seemed to have borrowed Lara Croft's wardrobe. The toy car is in the 1:36 scale range and as usual features all the contours and extra flourishes of the real thing from the 1999 film with BMW spoked wheels, chromed wing mirrors, full body and interior decoration and working side-mounted missiles. The toy model is sleek and silver and the metallic paintwork gives it an attractive gloss that is very striking with the black interiors and the red tipped missiles that emerge from each side of the car. The BMW is not the most memorable car to ever feature in the Bond series and I had to rack my brains to actually remember how it was used in The World Is Not Enough (perhaps because the film is not one of the more vintage entries) but these Corgi models are generally of a high standard and the sort of thing Bond collectors become drawn to.
Most if not all of these die-cast Bond cars/vehicles seem to be recommended for ages 14+ on Corgi's official website and the World is Not Enough BMW Z8 is no different with the little missiles that come with the car and fling out, obviously making it rather unsuitable for younger children. It's the little details that make this range a good one and the World is Not Enough BMW Z8 has all the intricate touches you've come to expect from Corgi. I love the silver spokes on the wheels and the gleaming wing mirrors and it's great how the missiles located on the side come out with a tiny BMW badge on them away from the car. The interiors are always rather good too in this range - to the extent that you feel like if someone shrunk you Fantastic Voyage style you could climb in and drive off in it. The dimensions of the BMW are 125mm and it feels like a relatively sturdy and compact toy that can be examined and rolled down the hall should the mood take you. At £14 (though you should be able to pick it up for much less) I would not personally recommend crashing it into walls and you should keep the box as anything James Bond related will have some sort of collectible value.
The front of the World is Not Enough BMW model includes a little white number plate, two black grills in parallel to one another and two lights on either side of the car. There is - I'd imagine - potential for losing the little plastic missiles if you are over zealous with them so I would urge caution in order to keep the component parts of this (and the other Bond replicas you may have) all together with nothing missing. This is not the most complex or gadget laden vehicle in Corgi's James Bond range so the side missiles are really the major feature and the only real sort of 'bonus' function that you get with the toy. It gives the Corgi BMW a slight edge over things like the gadget free die-cast replica Diamonds Are Forever Ford Mustang but other entries in this range - with their ejector seats and additional toy figures - perhaps have more of a novelty factor. It's an attractive model though and certainly looks good sitting on the shelf next to the Aston Martins and other bits and pieces in this line of Bond vehicles.
The little plastic wheels on this are strong and nicely detailed and small things like door handles and a BMW badge at the front of the vehicle soon become apparent when you open the box and examine the toy. The box I have with this is quite nice and pleasantly Bondian too with the usual see through case and then black with gold trim. The graphic font of the film from its promotional/poster art is used and you also get a photograph of Pierce Brosnan and Sophie Marceau who played Elektra King in the film. The contours, curves and ridges of the real car are all replicated on the toy in admirable fashion - everything from the bonnet to the lights, and the seats and interior controls are nicely done too. Often these Corgi vehicles bring memories of the film they are related to flooding back but ironically this replica and The World Is Not Enough in general makes you think more about the speedboat Brosnan used on the Thames, a vehicle that clearly overshadowed the BMW in my memory.
Corgi's Bond range has endured for many decades now and is justifiably famous and the 1:36 line of vehicles includes a number of well produced and faithful toy replicas that are fun to own as you build up a collection. There is a commendable amount of detail on the World is Not Enough BMW Z8 and the addition of the working (plastic obviously) missiles is a nice touch making this a worthwhile toy to collect. Although it doesn't sound like much I don't think £14 is a totally inconsequential amount to pay for a toy but you should get a better deal if you investigate and should remember that anything James Bond related in good condition will have a good chance of fetching back what you paid for it or more in the future. Anyone who has been buying these now and again will find the World is Not Enough BMW Z8 a pleasant replica to add to the others. Now, if you'll please excuse me, I have to get some more gadgets from Q, have a watery scrap with Robert Carlyle in a nuclear submarine and somehow believe Denise Richards is a Doctor of Atomic Physics...