Collecting Hollywood can be big business. This month we take a look at James Bond.
One of the most successful franchises in Hollywood history, James Bond has endured for an incredible 55 years. Seven actors have played Bond on film, all with varying degrees of success and popularity. But, not surprisingly, it’s the Sean Connery era that remains the most highly sought after in the world of movie collectables. Here are six James Bond movie props from the expensive to the downright ridiculous.
More on the affordable side is a Goldfinger (1964) script dated 12/03/64 and featuring 63 pages. When it came up for sale in 2015 at Bonhams the guide price was £3000-£5000. However, it realised £6,250 ($11,000).
Those in the know always keep an eye out at trash and treasure sales for the illusive first edition of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale. A first edition, first impression, from 1953 in good condition went under the hammer in 2016 and reached £23,750 ($42,000).
The story goes that Ursula Andress was clearing out some old drawers at home when she found her white swimsuit from Dr. No. A quick phone call to Christie’s Auction House and in no time at all it was promptly listed and auctioned in 2001 for £41,125 ($72,000).
On the day of the poster shoot for From Russia With Love, somebody forgot to bring the official Walther PPK. Fortunately the photographer just happened to have a slug gun in his car which was swiftly employed. It sold in 2010 for an incredible £277, 250 ($450,000).
Top of the list by far is Bond’s silver Aston Martin DB5. Used in both Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965), the iconic car from which 007 ejects one of Goldfinger’s henchmen entered an auction at Christie’s. One lucky, rich, buyer picked it up for a phenomenal £2,912,000 ($5,000,000).