MI6 looks at Carrera's second James Bond racing
set - using the infamous Aston Martin DB5 and Ford
Mustang Convertible from Goldfinger...
Carrera Goldfinger Racing Set Review
26th August 2005
"No Mr Bond, I want you to die!"
Even before the famous laser scene, Auric
Goldfinger tried to get rid of James Bond, with an exciting
car chase taking place around Auric Enterprises. But the inspiration
for this racing set from Carrera is the road race enjoyed by Bond
and Tilly Masterson. Recreating
the thrills from this memorable "Goldfinger"
sequence as you maneuver the classic Aston
Martin DB5 driven by James Bond and the Ford Mustang convertible
with markswoman Tilly behind the wheel.
Above: 1:32 scale Aston Martin DB5
and Ford Mustang Convertible
It was this third film of the James Bond movies that helped put
the agent with the licence to kill on the road to success. And
that is in part thanks to the Aston
Martin DB5. Equipped with numerous gadgets, this car slashed
the Mustang's tires during Bond's hot chase with Tilly. The 17.71
foot long track, including a crossing, creates a real James Bond
atmosphere. The unique combination of 1: 24 track and 1: 32 scale
cars allows the optimum slide and drift into the bends. The combination
of the track surface and width, together with the optional diagonally
positioned magnet unit and the variable magnet system enables
the cars to achieve this realistic drifting action.
What You Get:
- 1 Aston Martin DB5 driven by James Bond as featured
in "Goldfinger" fully loaded with gadgets.
- 1 Ford Mustang Convertible driven by Tilly Masterson
as featured in "Goldfinger".
- 4 Standard straights circuit components
- 2 1/3 Straights circuit components
- 1 Connecting section circuit component
- 1 Crossing circuit component
- 8 Curves 1/60° circuit components
- 2 Mech. speed controllers
- 1 Transformer
- Replacement contacts
Above: Box packaging
When fully assembled the track length is 5.4m (17.71 ft)
and will need about 209 x 170 cm 6.86 x 5.58 ft of floor or table
space. An engaging track to start with, but unlike the earlier Die
Another Day track, there are only barriers to theme it which is
a little disappointing. With only a few layout variations to experiment
with, this kit soon requires you to invest in the extra sections.
The quality and craftsmanship of the track components is extremely
high. As with most racing sets, some pieces are a little fiddly
to assemble due to tight joints that fit universally.
Above: The complete track layout.
Above: Tania Mallet (Tilly Masterson)
posing on the Ford Mustang Convertible
Goldfinger saw two famous cars come together on screen,
the British Aston Martin DB5 and Fords Mustang Convertible.
Each of the cars is finished to a high level of detail.
The DB5 however stands out with is exquisite level of detail
and metallic finish. The cars race fairly similarly with
the Mustang a little better in the corners!
Another manufacturer has spent time crafted something fun
and dynamic, which will appeal to the younger Bond audience.
Other than the packaging and a couple of stamps its unclear
what the difference would be between a regular Evolution
Carrera set and this licensed version. The endurance of
the racing however quickly becomes tiresome and will require
an alteration in the circuit. A more traditional game for
Bond fans to whittle away the hours on.