Sean Connery’s Walther PP pistol used in the first James Bond movie goes up for auction next month in Los Angeles, and is estimated to fetch between $ 150,000 and $ 200,000.
The great Scottish actor Connery, who passed away last month at the age of 90 at his home in the Bahamas, took up the gun in 1962 “Dr. No.”
“The silhouette of 007 holding this pistol would become the most iconic image of the James Bond franchise and one of the most recognizable pop culture references of all time,” said Martin Nolan, CEO of Julien’s Auctions.
In “Dr. No, ”his British Secret Service bosses order Bond to reluctantly swap his failing old Beretta pistol for the Walther, which has“ a delivery like a brick through a glass window ”.
“The American CIA swears by them,” reports Bond.
Walther’s versions are still 007’s signature firearm, some 25 films later.
The deactivated pistol accessory, one of two used in Connery’s debut film, was owned by the gunsmith from the original film until it was sold at auction in 2006.
It will be one of more than 500 items in the “Icons & Idols TRILOGY: Hollywood” auction held in Beverly Hills and online on December 3.
Other notable memorabilia will include a pilot helmet worn by Tom Cruise in “Top Gun” and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s leather motorcycle jacket from “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
Bond’s next cinematic outing, believed to be current 007 Daniel Craig’s last film, was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“No Time To Die” is scheduled for release in April.
Connery gained worldwide fame and adoration for his smooth, Scottish-accented portrayal of the smooth spy licensed to kill in various films.
Connery, the first actor to deliver the unforgettable “Bond, James Bond,” is considered by many fans to be the definitive portrait of novelist Ian Fleming’s creation.
Connery suffered from dementia in his later years, according to his widow Micheline Roquebrune.