Friday, July 3, 2009


The popularity of James Bond cars - particularly Aston Martins and BMWs - just never goes away. So here we are with Corgi’s latest releases, a 1:36 scale BMW Z8, and a 1:43 Aston Martin DB5. They are both OK, and would look fine in any James Bond collection.

However, it’s fair to say that neither Corgi offering breaks the barriers of diecast modelling - unlike the really rather good 007 James Bond Care Collection mini dioramas, published in partwork form by the Italian company Fabbri. The series started off quite some time ago, with the more well-known Bond vehicles, but Fabbri seems intent on featuring everything that’s ever been in a single frame of film - it’s currently past the 65th fortnightly issue and still going strong! But that’s not a criticism in any way - for completists, every one must be a step on the road to model nirvana.

The pictures here show (top to bottom) Corgi BMW Z8, Corgi DB5, Fabbri BMW Z8, and Fabbri Jaguar XK. The Corgi models are available from retail and online outlets. For Fabbri models, you need to buy a subscription.

You can visit Corgi here, and Fabbri here.