Toy Car, James Bond's Aston Martin
The Aston Martin DB5 featured in some of the famous and iconic James Bond films, including "Goldfinger"(1964) "Thunderball"(1965) and “Skyfall” (2012). The toy replicates the James Bond Aston Martin’s ‘Q’ developed gadgets including a passenger ejector seat, bullet proof rear wind shield and front mounted machine guns. The toy car was made by Corgi and was first produced in 1965.
The Corgi brand was created by the Mettoy Company of Northampton which produced colourful pressed metal toys in the 1930s. The name Corgi (after the Welsh dog) was chosen for three reasons: first, because it was short and catchy; secondly because the models were to be produced in Swansea and thirdly because of its strong association with the Royal Family. The first Corgi models appeared in 1956 and covered British-built saloon cars of the period.
Corgi's best known model is James Bond's Aston Martin DB5. First produced in 1965 it was an instant success earning the UK Toy of the Year Award. Priced at around 10/- (50p), by 1968 more than 3.9 million had been sold.
- This model car was created by the Corgi brand Mettoy Company in 1965. The company is famous for making pressed metal toys.
- James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 is Corgi's most popular car ever produced, selling 3.9 million by 1968