Corgi has announced that they're making a line of Bond action figures that will include classic flicks and new ones. Here is the info from AF.COM:
SourceNow THIS, I'm really excited about as it's something I've wanted to see happen for quite a while: Corgi have got the license to produce James Bond Action Figures...
Corgi International Limited (Nasdaq GM:CRGI) today announced that it has entered into a Master Toy & Collectible Replica agreement with EON Productions. The agreement for the James Bond classic movie archive runs through 2010 and includes the forthcoming James Bond Movie due for release in 2008 and subsequent movies released during the course of the term.
This worldwide agreement will allow Corgi International to release both mass market product ranges as well as core collectibles on innovative product lines that include, Action Figures, Vehicles, Electronic Roleplay, Die Cast, High Specification Remote Control released under the Popco brand and High end Replicas released under the world renowned Master Replicas branding, amongst other items in varying scales and formats.
Corgi International CEO Michael Cookson commented, "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, also commented " 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. "
Editor's Note: Ever since I saw the Golden Compass figures at the UK ToyFair, I've wanted Corgi to get a Bond Action Figure License. Why? Take a look at the 3.75" Daniel Craig figure from the Golden Compass line (in our US ToyFair Gallery) and tell me how great a 3.75" Bond line would be? You've seen what they've done with Harry Potter and how freaking awesome that line is... now imagine a Bond line like that.
Now I know some of you would really want a 6" line, and yeah that would be cool except for one thing...vehicles. At 3.75" Corgi could do the Bond cars at that scale, you could do little Nellie, you could do playsets of lairs. When I saw that Daniel Craig figure at the UK ToyFair, Matt and I (both) asked them why they weren't doing a 3.75" Bond line.
So please Corgi: 3.75" James Bond line
Here is a link to the Golden Compass line that he's talking about: http://126.96.36.199/events/main.php?g2_itemId=62627
That Craig looks VERY good. I'm pretty excited about this!