The track was based loosely on the alpine chase sequence in the film Goldfinger (1964), this type of James Bond 007 Road Race set was initially sold exclusively by Sears in 1965 (the peak of Bondmania). Manufactured in Portugal by A.C. Gilbert (Inventor of the Erector Set and largest of the 007 licensees) the road race retailed for $35.00 making it one of the most expensive toys available for Christmas. Sadly, Sears insistence that Gilbert miss neither the Christmas rush nor the 007 hype proved Disastrous: The poorly designed track seldom worked and most were returned. Gilbert, who had doubled their staff and invested a fortune in tooling, went bankrupt. It is understood that a good many sets were nonetheless refurbished and resold through other retailers both domestically and overseas.
007 James Bond Gilbert 1965 slot car race course that consists of six main molded hard plastic sections to be snapped together and held by thin metal contact rails in the racing slots of the track. Assembled course is 34 inch x 51 inch and has very colorful and scenic basic layout including lakes, rock formations, etc. which are enhanced by addition of two plastic mountains (when assembled, the highest mountain is about 10 inch tall). Course is a modified Figure 8 complete with elevated ramps, underpasses, tunnels, banks, tilted curves, oil slicks, etc. Comes with many small accessory pieces including signs, fence sections, trees, fire extinguisher, fuel tank, etc. Comes with pair of 3.5 inch long slot cars – James Bond’s Aston Martin and a Mustang. Aston Martin has pop-up bullet shield on back. Both are Exc. Comes with 2 control units with James Bond foil stickers, original power pack and original detailed instructions.