1. Corgi's James Bond Action Figures Previewed

    By Matt Weston on 2008-01-31 was on hand at the 2008 UK ToyFair, where Corgi unveiled its line up of James Bond figures for 2008 and 2009.

    Collectors may be particularly interested in the Quantum of Solace range of figures, due out in September 2008. This collection of 5″ figures will include two versions of James Bond (Daniel Craig), “M” (Judi Dench), Mr White (Jesper Christensen), Dominic Greene (listed under the character’s earlier name of Maurice Green) (Mathieu Amalric), Camille (Olga Kurylenko) and General Medrano (Joaquín Cosio). A character named “Elvis” is also mysteriously listed.

    A range of characters from 2006’s Casino Royale were also previewed, including two versions of James Bond (Daniel Craig), Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen).

    A range of 7″ action figures based on the earlier James Bond films are scheduled for release in waves during 2008 and 2009.

    Wave 1 (July 2008):

    • Honey Ryder (Dr. No)
    • Oddjob (Goldfinger)
    • Scaramanga (The Man With The Golden Gun)
    • Vesper Lynd (Casino Royale

    Wave 2 (January 2009):

    • Pussy Galore (Goldfinger)
    • Solitaire (Live And Let Die)
    • Baron Samedi (Live And Let Die)
    • Jaws (Moonraker)

    A number of James Bond vehicles were also on exhibition, including a display listing the Aston Martin DBS and a boat for release alongside the Quantum of Solace figures in September 2008; late last year, Daniel Craig was snapped at the helm of a speedboat during rehearsals for this year’s movie.

    In August last year, Corgi announced it had renewed its licence agreement with Eon Productions through 2010. The agreement includes all 21 James Bond films plus this year’s Quantum of Solace. It also includes any future films that may be released before the agreement lapses.

    Corgi International CEO Michael Cookson said in August, “Corgi has had a long association with the James Bond license, and as a licensee for over 40 years on Die Cast, we truly believe that we have reached an agreement where we can use our expertise in both the mass and collectibles markets to release products to a fan base that is both core and aspirational, something that most people believe James Bond to be. Our product range will commence before the movie release in 2008 with classic movie product and replicas and continue with some strong and innovative mass market lines, and we are proud to continue our association with such a franchise.”

    Keith Snelgrove, SVP Global Business Strategy for EON Productions, said, “We pride ourselves in the long-standing business relationships we have with many of our James Bond franchise partners. Corgi has been with us since the beginning, and we are excited to see the new range of both toys and prop replicas that Corgi International will bring to market in conjunction with our next film and beyond.”

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