Corgi James Bond Aston Martin DB5...and other well-loved toys

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Nice double use of the "Over and Out" radio faux pas. Would have been nice to have a couple of Roger's and Wilco's in for good measure :-D

On to the link....hope its not too tenuous.

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GiveMeABreak wrote: 24 Aug 2019, 21:50

and as I know that Neil likes a bit of Trivia - can anyone make the connection between this scene and Gerry Anderson's TV Sci-Fi show UFO from which the Dinky Interceptors come from a few posts ago?
Well there is a Pinewood Studios link between "The Spy who Loved Me" and Gerry and Sylvia Andersons UFO Tv Series. but are you thinking something more specific?



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Yes, I think you'd have to be a fan to get it -

An actor that played an integral role in UFO, who had a very brief part in the The Spy who Loved Me - specifically in the clip I linked to earlier....

The actor can also be seen very briefly in this UFO intro sequence - which also gives me an excuse to play the title sequence. You may also notice the cars.... the Citroen CX would of been ideal for this, but alas no - nothing so grand I'm afraid!


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As for those cars in UFO.... apparently Dave Lee Travis, a fan of the series bought the one that Commander Straker (Ed Bishop) drove in the series.
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In reality, the cars were built on a modified Zephyr - Zodiac Mk IV and were fitted with a Ford Escort engine and gearbox!
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....and featuring an IBM golfball typewriter! Now that takes me back...
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Michael Billington.....without looking at the Spoiler, but would never have got it.

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Well done - the Australian bloke who captains the sub (mainly as they all switch roles) was also the bloke from the "All because the lady loves Milk Tray" adverts in the 70s - the one dressed all in black like a thief:

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GiveMeABreak wrote: 25 Aug 2019, 03:41 Well done - the Australian bloke who captains the sub (mainly as they all switch roles) was also the bloke from the "All because the lady loves Milk Tray" adverts in the 70s - the one dressed all in black like a thief:
Nice, and of course I do remember those adverts from the 1970's! As I was trying to find the link I put both "The Spy who loved me" and "UFO" on IMDB...trivia..and I can tell you that...

The Spy Who Loved me was the last movie to be seen by Elvis :-D

"Elvis Presley saw this movie on Wednesday, August 10, 1977 during a special viewing at the General Cinema in Whitehaven"

Yes not West Cumbria......but Tennessee

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I posted this on POTD so for completeness here it is, the BMW from The World is not Enough
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I could not have told you so, as would have said it was a Thunderbirds vehicle, but the SPV must have been in my possession at some point. The tiny missiles and that little flap on the front of the vehicle from which they were ejected (maybe as much as twice before list forever!) Is very familiar.
First push (button on the top) = open the flap, second push = fire!

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Ah, and Mick has beaten me to it making the link! :)
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I had one of those gold James Bond cars when I was a boy...

At the time I was very unaware I'd one day live very, very close to the factory where it was built!
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It was silver in the film!
NewcastleFalcon wrote: 24 Aug 2019, 11:28
GiveMeABreak wrote: 24 Aug 2019, 11:16 Yes, I had one, but I'm sure mine was silver.
James May mentions this in his piece.
The popularity of the Bond Corgi is simple to analyse. It wasn’t just the association with the film Goldfinger, and it certainly wasn’t fidelity. It’s the wrong colour, for a start. Apparently Corgi’s marketing team didn’t like the proposed — and cinematically authentic — silver finish because it looked too much like the raw zinc alloy of the unpainted body, so a hasty decision was made to paint it gold as a nod to the film’s title.

In the first year of production more than 2.5m Corgi Bond Astons were sold, making it the fastest-selling car of all time. It was revised and enlarged in 1968
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Seems an odd reason: "looks too much like raw zinc" - given the hard life toys have, sending it out the door whereby if scratched and bashed it didn't look much different sounds perfect to me (I e. Make it silver and subsequent silver scratches would be less obvious) I guess my definition of perfect is more "everlasting toys" and that doesn't ultimately sell as many toys does it!
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This is probably as comprehensive as it gets on Corgi James Bond cars. Refreshingly nerdy on the gold Aston Martin with slight differences in things like rear lights across variations of the model.
They did do a silver version in 1968 on a larger scale of the "Goldfinger/Thunderball" DB5 car. Only with this issue did they "correct" the casting to correctly show 2 petrol caps left and right. :-D (told you it was refreshingly nerdy!)
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