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Monday, 14 September, 1998, 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK
Bond bids for auction success
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Bid and let buy: Christie's will auction rare 007 memorabilia
The first ever auction devoted to Ian Fleming's suave super spy, James Bond will be held in London this week.

Nearly 250 items of Bond memorabilia including costumes, props, posters and cars will be auctioned at Christie's Bond - Licensed to Thrill sale on Thursday Septemberb 17.

A single collection amassed by an avid Bond enthusiast over the last 28 years forms the backbone of the sale, with a number of other items coming from Bob Simmons, a stunt man on several Bond films, and from other workers at Pinewood Studios.

Many of the key props were originally displayed at the James Bond Nightspot in the London Hilton Hotel during the 1960s and 1970s.

Highlights from the collection include the wristwatch won by Roger Moore in his first outing as Bond in Live and Let Die (1973).

Bond's Rolex
Bond's Rolex: sheer magnetism
The specially adapted Rolex, devised by the lovable inventor Q, contained an exceptionally strong magnet capable of powerful - and sometimes fatal - attraction - rather like 007 himself. It is expected to fetch 4,000-6,000.

Seven bullets with Bond's name on them - probably used to promote The Man with The Golden Gun - are expected to fetch 200-400 each.

In the 1974 film, the super-villain Scaramanga, played by Christopher Lee, sends his trademark golden bullet to Universal Exports with Bond's code 007 engraved on it to indicate that the secret agent is his next target.

Bowled over

Other villainous memorabilia in the sale includes Oddjob's lethal metal rimmed bowler hat from Goldfinger (1964).

Oddjob's bowler hat
Oddjob's secret weapon
The hat was used to assassinate Tilly Masterson, whose sister Jill was the film's most famous victim, killed by being totally covered in gold paint. However, the trademark headgear ultimately proved to be the end of the villain himself.

The auction also features a prop tarantula - stand-in for the real spider which crawled over Sean Connery's prostrate body in Dr No (1962). This eight-legged adversary is expected to fetch 1,500-2,000.

The most comprehensive selection of Bond film posters ever to appear at auction will also go under the hammer.

Posters advertising every Bond movie from the first film Dr No (1962) to the most recent, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) are expected to fetch prices ranging from 100 to 1,000.

Details of the auction and how to bid are available on Christie's Website.

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