Sunday, May 1, 2011

Action Man James Bond Agent 007 "The Spy Who Loved Me" 12-inch Figure REVIEW

Since we were on the subject of the Royals (see previous post) and everything British, who is more iconic and representative of the British in film than Royal Navy Commander James Bond, an officer of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS; from 1995 onwards, SIS would be officially acknowledged as MI6).

The James Bond film series remains one of the longest continually running film series in history, having been in ongoing production from 1962 to 2010 with a six-year hiatus between 1989 and 1995. In that time EON Productions has produced 22 films, at an average of about one every two years. The films have grossed just over US$12 billion (in inflation adjusted dollars) at the worldwide box office, making it easily the highest-grossing film series ever.

Box Packaging Front Cover with Film Frame included

This is the 1999 released Action Man Limited Edition James Bond Agent 007 12-inch collector's figure from "The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)". "The Spy Who Loved Me" is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Roger Moore as the fictional secret agent James Bond.

Back of box packaging showing some iconic movie scenes

The inside flap reads: "For many 007 fans "The Spy Who Loved Me" is the defining Roger Moore James Bond film. The opening sequence from which this figure was inspired ends with Bond skiing straight off a cliff, seemingly into oblivion - only to open a parachute cheekily bearing a huge Union Jack flag."

Action Man 1:6 scale James Bond Agent 007 12-inch action figure inside the box, posed in a skiing position. In the film, Bond's ski pole doubles as a gun which he uses to engage his pursuers who are Russian agents.

Action Man Limited Edition James Bond Agent 007 12-inch collector's figure comes with ski cap, ski goggles, polo neck sweater, yellow ski suit, rucksack, gloves, ski boots, ski poles and skis.

Close-up of the Action Man 1:6 scale ski boot

Here's the Action Man James Bond Agent 007 figure out of the box.

Bond with his red rucksack

Bond without his ski goggles and cap.

Surprise! This figure looks nothing like any of the actors who had played James Bond. In this case, it should be Roger Moore who played James Bond between 1973 and 1985, appearing in seven Bond films. That's because this is Action Man, doubling up as James Bond whilst he attends to other duties :)

As the box describes "The Spy Who Loved Me": The fantastic aquatic Lotus Esprit became an icon of the time (click on the picture for a bigger and better view), as did JAWS (Richard Kiel), arguably the most popular Bond villain ever. As for romantic interest KGB Agent XXX, Bond makes very good East-West relations in true 007 style ;p

Lotus Espirit automobile in "The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)"

Will it be love at first bite?

Other 1:6 scale James Bond 12-inch action figures -
Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery as James Bond action figures posted HERE;
Daniel Craig as James Bond MI6 Agent 007 in "Quantum of Solace (2008)";
Loading Toys Dangerous Man / Spy figure;
"Look Up! Look Down! Look Out!" - James Bond as seen in "Thunderball (1965)";
"Shark Attack!" nuff said ;)
Kitbash 1/6 Daniel Craig as James Bond 007 (with a much better head sculpt IMHO)

NEXT: Action Man "GoldenEye" James Bond Agent 007


LEon said...

I will certainly feel cheated if it was not roger moore looking.

alex teo said...

Action Man made it clear from the start (cover and back pictures) that this figure wasn't going to look like the actor but more of a movie-inspired figure so that buyers / collectors would know what they are getting; just like a lot of the Barbie figures (e.g. X-files Barbie Dana Scully & Fox Mulder couple, Lord of the Rings Ken figures and other similar movie-inspired figures). It was only until recently that life-like realistic head sculpts were possible :)