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“Bond in Motion” 007 James Bond Movie Prop Car Exhibition at the London Film Museum at Covent Garden

March 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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I am in London currently, and had an opportunity to drop by the fantastic new “Bond in Motion” exhibit at London Film Museum in Covent Garden.  The brilliant exhibition features cars used in James Bond films over the past 50 years, as well as some key movie props and costumes from the 007 franchise.  I’ve always been a huge fan of London Film Museum and their mission, and as always they have put together a great collection of film memorabilia in a classy and artful way – they are really the best in the business when it comes to displaying pop culture artifacts. Read more

Julien’s Auctions ‘Icons and Idols’ Movie Prop Guns Supplemental: James Bond 007’s Walther PPK from “Licence to Kill”, Al Pacino’s Colt from Michael Mann’s “Heat”, Pam Grier’s .38 Detective Special from Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown” and More

October 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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Since I have been publishing the Original Prop Blog for about six and a half years as a free resource to the public, I thought I would add one article (about of about 1,645 to date) to make note of and promote a few of my own auction consignments in the upcoming Julien’s Auctions “Icons and Idols” sale taking place in Beverly Hills on November 8th, 9th, and 10th.  Items from my personal collection included in this sale include six movie prop pistols: a Walther PPK used by Timothy Dalton as James Bond in Licence To Kill, a Colt pistol used by Al Pacino in Michael Mann’s Heat, the .38 Detective Special pistol used by both Pam Grier and Robert Forester in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown, a customized pistol used by Bridget Fonda in Point Of No Return, a Winchester shotgun used by Juliette Lewis In Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, and a Glock 17 pistol used by Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in The Bourne Ultimatum. Read more

James Bond Lotus Esprit Movie Prop Car Submarine from “The Spy Who Loved Me” Sells for Nearly $1M in RM Auctions Sale

September 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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One of the more interesting lots in the RM Auctions sale in London this week – the highly customized Lotus Esprit that was converted into a submarine in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) – hammered for £550,000, which translates to about $968,000 with fees.  While it did not meet pre-sale estimate expectations that were set at £650,000-£950,000, it is a significant sale none the less, and certainly improves upon the price paid by the buyer who purchased the contents of a New York storage container for a mere $100 about 24 years ago. Read more

James Bond Original Movie Prop & Costume Exhibition in Shanghai China’s Minsheng Art Museum from March 28th to May 31st

March 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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An impressive exhibition of original movie props, costumes, vehicles, and other James Bond artifacts is being held at the Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai, China from March 28th through May 31st.  CCTV News has produced a video showing some of the highlights, which can be viewed at their official site or via the embedded player below.  Commemorating the 50th anniversary of 007, the exhibit boasts about 550 items spanning all of the films starring Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. Read more

40-Year Old James Bond Crocodile Movie Prop Terrorizes London… (“Live and Let Die”)

March 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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Well, not really, but according to multiple mainstream media reports, a crocodile spotted in River Thames is suspected to be a prop crocodile used in Live and Let Die (1973), the James Bond film starring Roger Moore.  Per a story from The Telegraph, sources believe the crocodile was used in the scene where Moore runs across the backs of alligators. Read more

Air Gun Movie Prop Used for Publicity Photography By Sean Connery as James Bond Disappoints in Sotheby’s Resale

December 20, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

A little over two years ago, an air gun /pistol used by Sean Connery for some iconic James Bond publicity photos stunned the hobby when it sold at the traditional late November Christie’s South Kensington Pop Culture auction far in excess of its estimate, realizing a staggering £277,250 (US$438,609) including buyer’s premium.  In a resale by Sotheby’s this past weekend, it sold for less than half that amount. Read more

Honda Motorcycle Movie Prop Used in “James Bond: Skyfall” in Charity Auction

November 16, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Honda UK has donated to charity auction the modified Honda CRF250R motorcycle used by Daniel Craig as James Bond in the newest film in the 007 franchise.  The motorcycle was used in the opening chase sequence in the movie, and proceeds well benefit BBC Children as part of a larger fundraising auction event on eBay. Read more

Christie’s “50 Years of James Bond” Auction Results; Upcoming Segment About Archives on 60 Minutes 10/14/12

October 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Christie’s historic “50 Years of James Bond” auction pulled in a reported $2.6 million dollars for charity with their recent online/live hybrid auction announced last month.  Now, James Bond fans are in for a special treat with a 60 Minutes segment scheduled to air on CBS this weekend, which features a rare inside look at the Archives that holds much of the rare James Bond original props, costumes, and other assets made for and used in the films. Read more

Update: Christie’s & EON Productions “50 Years of James Bond – The Auction” – eCatalogue and PDF Catalog Online

September 7, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

As a brief update to the Christie’s sale and EON Productions charity event, “50 Years of James Bond – The Auction“, though the catalog is not officially online, 50 lots are currently viewable on www.christies.com via their search feature.  The online-only auction running September 28-October 5 will benefit a variety of charities, including UNICEF, ORBIS., Women for Women, The Science Museum, ChildLine, Barnardo’s, Tickets for Troops, and Parkinson’s UKRead more

Announcement: Christie’s & EON Productions “50 Years of James Bond – The Auction”

August 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

I had heard about this auction from multiple sources going back to earlier this year, so I’m glad to see that it’s finally been officially announced.  The Christie’s sale, in conjunction with EON Productions, has been titled “50 Years of James Bond – The Auction”.  Given that choice Bond pieces have realized extraordinarily high prices in recent years, particularly those sales held in England, I expect that this will be a fascinating auction to watch.  Auction proceeds are to benefit UNICEF. Read more

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