The iconography of James Bond is virtually as well-known because the character himself. The spy is identified for his Aston Martin, his trilby, his martini (shaken, not stirred) — and his signature Walther PPK pistol.
“In the cinematic debut of the character of James Bond, Connery uses this hero weapon throughout the film and helped to establish and define the character that has been featured in books, films, and other media for the past nearly six decades,” mentioned the public sale home in a press launch.
Martin Nolan, government director of Julien’s Auctions, mentioned the public sale home was “deeply saddened” by the information of Connery’s loss of life.
“The silhouette of 007 holding this gun would go on to become the James Bond franchise’s most iconic image and one of the most recognizable pop culture references of all time,” he mentioned within the assertion. “We are honored to include his Walther PP Pistol as our auction’s headlining item along with hundreds of other historical memorabilia from Hollywood’s greatest classic films and television series.”
The prop gun used within the James Bond movie “Dr. No” in 1962. Credit: Julien’s Auctions
The prop had been held by UK-based prop home Bapty, the unique movie armorer, till it was bought at an archive public sale in 2006. The purchaser saved it of their assortment till now, in response to Julien’s Auctions.
When it goes on sale in December, it’s going to include a certificates of deactivatiion and a letter of provenance from Bapty.
The public sale consists of over 500 different gadgets from memorable Hollywood movies, together with a fighter pilot helmet created for use by Tom Cruise in “Top Gun,” with an estimated price of up to $50,000; a black leather-based jacket worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger because the Terminator, with an estimated worth up to $50,000; a hoverboard from “Back to the Future Part II” which might promote for up to $9,000; and props from Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” amongst others.
Top picture caption: A nonetheless from the James Bond movie, “Dr. No,'”directed by Terence Young, 1962.