Dunhill Unique Silver Lighter

photo © Dunhill
Dunhill Unique is not available with plain finish anymore, only Vertical Lines or Barley as seen above.
photo © Dunhill

photo © MGM
Bond (Timothy Dalton) holds the Dunhill Unique lighter and reads the inscription
photo © MGM

In the 1989 movie Licence To Kill (1989) Bond receives a Dunhill lighter from his good friend Felix Leiter and his wife Della on their wedding day. The lighter is a silver Dunhill Unique with plain finish.

 The Unique lighter is still available but not with a plain finish as seen in the film: the Unique lighter now comes in Barley or Vertical Lines texture (see images on the left).

The lighter seen in the film has an inscription that reads:

James,
Love Always
Della and Felix

Bond takes the lighter with him on his rogue mission: we see the lighter laying next to him in the Casino de Isthmus City. Bond uses the lighter at the end of the movie to ignite Sanchez who is soaked in gasoline, so we can assume that in the story, the lighter is lost. The actual lighter seen in the film got a longer life: 007 Magazine reported in 1989 that Timothy Dalton had suggested to Cubby Broccoli that he donate the the cigarette lighter to the 'Children In Need' campaign, which Cubby did. The final price of the lighter is not known but two days after the start of the auction the bidding had risen to £3,000.

Dunhill provided accessories for other Bond movies as well. The association first began in 1962 when the production team acquired a cigarette lighter for Sean Connery's introduction in Dr. No (read more on ajb007.co.uk). Bond uses a gold Dunhill lighter and wears a Dunhill belt in Tomorrow Never Dies and Dunhill cufflinks in Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough.

The Dunhill Unique lighter without the vertical lines or barley texture is difficult to find, of course eBay is always a good place to look.

Price: £240 / $395

Product Code: 
ac030

Comments

The final price of the lighter was 1,000 pounds, it was given to a Bond Collector for his 18th Birthday

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