The people at The Defectors recently sent me a review copy of the first edition of “007 DB5”, a new partwork magazine that will be of particular interest to James Bond fans, especially those who admire the Aston Martin DB5, which has featured in the “Goldfinger”, “Thunderball”, “GoldenEye”, “Tomorrow Never Dies”, and “Casino Royale” movies.
Partwork magazines give their readers the opportunity to put together a reference resource on a particular topic, over a certain period of time. In the case of “007 DB5” magazine this is the chance to build a 1:8 scale replica of the Aston Martin DB5, as driven by the fictional British secret agent in 1964’s Goldfinger.
While each weekly edition of the magazine includes parts that allow readers, over time, to assemble their own model version of Bond’s DB5, the magazine will also come to form an extensive reference of all things Bond, including of course the DB5, which surprisingly, film producers initially struggled to obtain from Aston Martin.
In with the the first edition of the 85 part magazine sent to me were blueprints, life size photos of the finished product, an introductory guide to the model, an outline of what parts will arrive and when, plus of course the first of the components of the replica car.
Most model parts either clip or screw together, meaning no glue is required, which is a skill unto itself to apply without leaving any sort of trace. From past experience as a model maker this is certainly a bonus. And with functioning ejector seat, horn, tail and headlights, and tyre slashers, among other things, the DB5 replica will be no mere ornament.
The completed model measures just over 57 centimetres (about 22 inches) in length, and weighs eight and a half kilograms (18.7 pounds), so it is without question created with model makers, who are fans of the James Bond films, and of course the Aston Martin DB5, in mind.
Regular weekly editions of “007 DB5” cost A$19.99, although the first copy is priced at A$4.99, and the second A$9.99. More information about subscriptions can be found here, while you can learn more about the magazine and model at the 007 DB5 Australia Facebook page.
For those interested in the model building process, Belfast based Phil Boyce is documenting the construction of his DB5 replica, where they are currently up to edition 31 in that part of the world. There’s no doubt a certain degree of commitment is required, but that is unlikely to deter the enthusiasts though.
Thanks to the people at The Defectors
I have one subscription to “007 DB5” to give away, allowing someone in Australia to build their own DB5 replica. Simply name the 2002 Bond movie that British actor Rosamund Pike appeared in by sending the film title only in an email with “007 DB5” in the subject line.
The small print. One entry per person please. Correct entries will go into a random draw to determine the winner. You must be residing in Australia to participate. Your entry constitutes acceptance and understanding of these terms. The giveaway closes at 12 noon AEDT on Sunday, 30 October 2011, and the winner will be contacted by email the following day.
Update: this giveaway has now closed, thanks for your interest.