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James Bond posters, books and golden gun replicas auctioned at Ewbanks

02 February, 2022

A collection of rare James Bond film posters, first edition books, costumes and other highlights including a signed Golden Gun replica will be auctioned at Ewbank's on February 11, 2022. This article has been updated with auction results.

Two limited edition replica golden guns – one signed by both Roger Moore and Christopher Lee – are on offer, although the estimates of £8,000 - £12,000 seems high for the signed prop.

Update: the Golden Gun sold for £7,500.

Factory Enertainment Golden Gun replica signed by Roger Moore and Christopher Lee

Factory Entertainment Golden Gun replica prop signed by Roger Moore and Christopher Lee, estimated at £8,000 - £12,000

SD Studios Golden Gun replica

SD Studios Golden Gun replica, estimated at £6,000 - £9,000

Two other items with high but realistic estimates are two posters that are expected to take nearly £25,000 in the James Bond 007 auction.

The first is the best example Ewbank’s specialist Alastair McCrea has ever seen of the extremely rare four-design Advance British Quad poster for Thunderball from 1965.

Thunderball quad poster auction

Thunderball Quad poster, estimated at £8,000-12,000

Featuring two panel illustrations on the left by Frank McCarthy and two on the right by Robert McGinnis, the 30 x 40in poster was designed to be cut into four pieces. Very few (complete or otherwise) have survived in any condition, and even fewer intact.

“This one is a particular rarity because it is near mint condition – easily the best I have seen,” said McCrea. “It has been in the same private collection for nearly 50 years, having been acquired at a specialist shop in Charing Cross in the 1970s.” The estimate is £8,000-12,000.

Update: the Thunderball Quad poster sold for £18,125

The estimate is also £8,000-12,000 for an original poster for the first film in the franchise, Dr No.

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Dr. No poster, estimated at £8,000-12,000

Update: the Dr. No poster sold for £16,875

Three different designs for You Only Live Twice (1967) illustrate collectors’ preferences. The first, featuring Bond in a bath surrounded by girls, known as the C version, carries an estimate of £1,500-2,500. A copy of the A version, featuring 007 in impossible pose above the exploding enemy base, is pitched at £650-850, while a plainer, but rarer lurid yellow version carries hopes of £800-1,200.

Another very rare item is a From Russia With Love attaché gadget case by SD Studios, which is estimated to sell for £16,000 - £20,000.

Update: the attaché case sold for £20,000 (incl. premiums).

sd studios from russia with love attache case

From Russia With Love attaché case by SD Studios, estimated at £16,000 - £20,000.

Also on offer is a replica (Octopussy) Cream Safari jacket with interior "Hayward label London, Name Mr R Moore, Date 13. 7. 82. 16121 Made Exclusively for 007".

BEWARE This shirt is only estimated at £100 - £150 because it is a replica, NOT an original Douglas Hayward shirt.

octopussy jacket shirt hayward roger moore

A replica of an Octopussy Cream Safari jacket, estimated at £100 - £150 (beware: it's an unofficial replica, not by Hayward)

The sale includes a broad range of posters from the Connery years, as well as rare promotional material and highly decorative first editions of the Ian Fleming books, the most desirable being a First Edition, First Impression of the first book, Casino Royale, from 1953, published by Jonathan Cape and estimated at £5,000-8,000.

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First Impression of the first book, Casino Royale, from 1953, estimated at £5,000-8,000.

“The allure of James Bond is as strong as ever,” says McCrea. “We now hold several sales a year dedicated to the 007 phenomenon and bidding is as vigorous as it’s ever been.”

Live online bidding is available via the Ewbank's website.

Update: AUCTION RESULTS press release, Febuary 15, 2022:

Ewbank’s have taken a bumper £123,000 in the latest of their specialist James Bond 007 auctions, well above hopes.

Top price was the premium-inclusive £20,000 for what is seen as the Holy Grail of James Bond Collecting: a limited edition Official Attaché Case Replica from the second 007 film From Russia With Love.

Released by S.D. Studios and numbered No. 008 of 100, it contains two hidden daggers with working ejection mechanism, magnetic talcum powder container, concealed gold Sovereigns (10 on each strap), rounds of ammunition (plastic replica and deactivated) concealed in hidden brass tubes, a replica of a bug detector in its leather case issued by TV Models, original SD Studios folder containing mission paperwork and operating instructions, and an AR-7 Replica BB Rifle.

The designers took all the measurements from the original film prop used by Sean Connery to create this official collectable.

The February 11 James Bond 007 auction also took £18,125 for the finest example specialist Alastair McCrea has ever seen of the extremely rare four-design Advance British Quad poster for Thunderball from 1965.

An original poster for the first film in the franchise, Dr. No, took £16,875, while a limited edition replica golden gun signed by both Roger Moore and Christopher Lee sold for £7,500.

In all, the top ten lots made a combined total of more than £83,000, with 95% of all lots changing hands at the sale.

“This remains one of the most popular fields of collecting around,” said McCrea. “We have been holding dedicated auctions for Bond props, costumes, collectables and posters for a long time now and the appetite among bidders is as strong as ever.”

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