No Time To Die-Cast: the best model Bond cars

Latest Bond flick have you craving a classic DB5? Why not indulge in some miniature Bond action with our favourite diecast Bond cars.

The best model Bond cars

by Ryan Gilmore |
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Everyone has that one car moment from a James Bond movie that sticks with them. From the Mustang driving on two wheels in Diamonds Are Forever, Roger Moore nonchalantly driving up a beach in an Esprit, or Pierce Brosnan driving a BMW 750iL using his mobile phone. It's safe to say there are plenty of awesome Bond car moments.

Problem is, while these cars are infinitely cool, they also tend to be rather expensive. We looked at cheap Bond cars several years ago, and it's safe to say prices have gone up since then. There's no way you'd get an S1 Lotus Esprit for under £10,000 nowadays.

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Diecast models are a clever way to enjoy Bond on a smaller scale. Even the most expensive model here is a drop in the ocean compared to a real Aston Martin. We've chosen our favourite examples below, and to borrow a line from Q, "Please do look after them 007."

The best James Bond diecast cars

Best Bond car for Aston fanatics

Corgi James Bond Aston Martin Collection

Rrp: $47.99

Price: $44.99
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What could be better than one Aston Martin? Well, three is a good shout. This triple pack from Corgi contains the Silver Birch DB5 from Goldfinger, Tungsten Silver Vanquish from Die Another Day and Silver Grey DBS from Casino Royale. They offer decent detail for their size (85mm each) and are the perfect gift for a collector.

Pros

  • Three iconic cars in one pack

Cons

  • Lacking the detail of larger cars

Best Aston Martin DB10 model

Made exclusively for James Bond's use in Spectre (although there's more than a whiff of Vantage in the design), this DB10 features opening doors and is a really good 1:36 scale model.

Pros

  • Opening doors for a more lifelike model

Cons

  • More iconic models out there

Best James Bond Aston Martin V8 Vantage model

Corgi James Bond - Aston Martin V8 Vantage - No Time To Die

Rrp: $47.99

Price: $39.95
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Originally driven by Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage is spotted in the trailer for No Time To Die. This model has been 'winterised' with its hardtop, but there's no word on whether the missiles or rocket are featured.

Pros

  • One of the coolest Bond cars

Cons

  • None

Best for young children

Lego sets are the perfect way to introduce your kids to, well… just about anything. While the movies may boast a little too much murder, alcohol and womanising for youthful eyes, this endearing Lego set celebrates the part that really matters: the cars. Complete with a miniature Bond and changeable numberplates, this DB5 model is the real deal and perfect for young – or not so young – James Bond fans.

Pros

  • Buildable
  • Great for kids

Cons

  • Lacking refinement of other models

Best Tomorrow Never Dies model car

Corgi James Bond - BMW 750i - Tomorrow Never Dies

Rrp: $47.99

Price: $41.69
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A controversial choice of Bond car for some (although it makes perfect sense for Bond's banker cover), the BMW 750iL provided the perfect starting point for one of the most gadget-filled car chases of all time. This 1:36 scale model features the sunroof mounted missiles and badge wirecutter and comes in a fancy collectors box.

Pros

  • Great rolling model
  • Accurate design

Cons

  • Aston fanatics might be disappointed

Best On Her Majesty's Secret Service model

Corgi James Bond - Aston Martin DBS - Her Majesty's Secret Service

Rrp: $47.99

Price: $44.95
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George Lazenby's only outing as 007 saw him handed the keys to the gorgeous Aston Martin DBS (the original). While it may lack any gadgets, it's a stunning 1:36 model and is the perfect gift for any fan of On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Pros

  • Great gift set

Best Bond Esprit Turbo model

Corgi CC04705 Corgi James Bond - Lotus Turbo - For Your Eyes Only
Price: $46.71
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One of the coolest-looking Bond cars of all time (especially with those ski racks). The Lotus Esprit Turbo may not have been the most iconic Lotus driven by James Bond, but with those gold Compomotive CX500 wheels and stickers, it is still a great car.

Pros

  • Accurate wheels and decals for a stunning model

Cons

  • May take some explaining...

Best flying Bond gift

Corgi James Bond - Gyrocopter - Little Nellie - You Only Live Twice

Rrp: $47.99

Price: $41.41
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"Hold on a minute, this isn't a car," you may be thinking. And while a convertible Toyota 2000GT from You Only Live Twice may be a top model choice, it's hard to ignore the sheer brilliance of Little Nellie. Featuring missiles and rocket launchers, this little gyrocopter is as iconic as many of Bond's cars.

Pros

  • Complete with movie-accurate missiles and rocket launchers

Cons

  • Doesn't actually fly

Best Bond BMW Z3 model

Corgi James Bond - BMW Z3 - Goldeneye

Rrp: $47.99

Price: $35.82
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Despite being fitted with radar and stinger missiles behind the headlights, the BMW Z3, as used by Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye, is rather forgettable, and with only two minutes of screentime, it's easy to see why. Still, this model from Corgi features the missiles behind the headlights and is an interesting model.

Pros

  • A great Aston Martin alternative

Cons

  • Madonna had more screen time in Die Another Day

Ryan Gilmore is the Deputy Autos and Tools Editor for CAR, specialising in car cleaning and hand tools. With an MA in Automotive Journalism, when he's not testing buckets he can be found looking at old Porsches.

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