James Bond Collectibles And Memorabilia
Items of James Bond collectibles and memorabilia are those related to the character of James Bond, an English secret agent created in 1953 by author Ian Fleming.
The character has appeared in a series of novels and short stories by Fleming, along with books written by other authors, 23 films and a number of other television and radio adaptations.
The James Bond series of films is the longest-running and most financially successful English language film franchise in history, grossing $4 billion worldwide.
As of 2012 there have been 23 official Bond films. These are:
- Dr. No (1962)
- From Russia with Love (1963)
- Goldfinger (1964)
- Thunderball (1965)
- You Only Live Twice (1967)
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
- Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
- Live and Let Die (1973)
- The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
- Moonraker (1979)
- For Your Eyes Only (1981)
- Octopussy (1983)
- A View to a Kill (1985)
- The Living Daylights (1987)
- Licence to Kill (1989)
- GoldenEye (1995)
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
- The World Is Not Enough (1999)
- Die Another Day (2002)
- Casino Royale (2006)
- Quantum of Solace (2008)
- Skyfall (2012)
The character has been played on screen by five different actors:
- Sean Connery (6 films)
- George Lazenby (1 film)
- Roger Moore (7 films)
- Timothy Dalton (2 films)
- Pierce Brosnan (4 films)
- Daniel Craig (3 films)
Notable memorabilia sales
James Bond memorabilia is one of the most popular areas of film memorabilia for collectors, and items have consistently broken auction records.
In 2010, the Aston Martin DB5 used in both ‘Goldfinger’ (1964) and ‘Thunderball’ (1965) was sold at an RM Auctions sale for a World Record price of $4,107,560 to collector, Harry Yeaggy. As of May 2011, it was the most expensive piece of film memorabilia ever sold at auction.
In 2008 the Lotus Esprit famously driven underwater by Roger Moore in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ (1977) sold at a Bonhams auction in 2008 for £111,500.
In 2006 the Aston Martin Vanquish driven by Pierce Brosnan in ‘Die Another Day’ (2002) was sold by Bonhams for £144,500.
In May 2011 Bonhams announced the sale of two replica Aston Martin cars based on those driven in Bond films. The first, an Aston Martin DBS based on the car driven by George Lazenby in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ (1969) was valued at £50,000 - £70,000. The second, an Aston Martin V8 Volante as driven by Timothy Dalton in ‘The Living Daylights’ (1987), had a pre-sale estimate of £70,000 - £100,000.
At a Christie’s sale in 2010, the iconic Walther PPK pistol held by Sean Connery in the poster for ‘From Russia with Love (1963) was sold for $437,000, more than 14 times its original estimate.
In 1998 the steel-tipped bowler hat worn (and thrown) by the character Odd-Job in ‘Goldfinger’ (1964) was sold at a Christie’s auction for £62,000.
In December 2007 the suit worn by Brosnan in ‘Goldeneye’ (1995) was sold at a Christie’s auction for £19,200.
In June 2011, the original Robert E. McGinnis concept poster artwork for the 1971 film 'Diamonds Are Forever' was sold during a Christies Vintage Film Poster auction. It exceeded its pre-sale estimate of £18,000 - £24,000 to eventually sell for £79,250.