JAMES BOND SPECTRE: THE AUCTION

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To celebrate the release of Spectre on digital HD Blu-ray and DVD, Christie’s and EON Productions, Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Twentieth Century Fox present a unique opportunity to acquire memorabilia from the 24th film in the James Bond series. Highlights include an Aston Martin DB10 with a plaque signed by Daniel Craig (the only DB10 ever to be offered for sale to the public), a prototype Omega Seamaster 300 watch worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond and other spectacular props from the film.

Auction Times > Feb 18, 7:30pm, Lots 1-10 

Sale Location > 8 King Street, St. James’s, London

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Everything you ever needed to know about vintage James Bond film posters (and possibly a good deal more)

Bond experts and authors Ajay Chowdhury and Matthew Field offer insights into the classic 007 film posters featured in Christie’s online sale.

View these and other vintage film posters in the online auction, which is open for bidding 27 October – 10 November .

Dr. No

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Mitchell Hooks (b. 1923), Dr. No, 1962. Eon/United Artists. British, quad. 30 x 40 in.(76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £5,000-7,000. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

Mitchell Hooks’ artwork captures all the assured charm of Ian Fleming’s Dr No, starring Sean Connery as 007. Note the emphasis on the novel and author being the main selling point. At this stage, the Fleming books were deemed to be the ‘above-the-line’ selling points. The famous three-girl formula is illustrated here: (from right) Eunice Gayson as Sylvia Trench, an initial Bond conquest, then Zena Marshall as Miss Taro, the villainous femme fatale whom Bond seduces and neutralises, and finally front and back views of Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder, in her iconic, self-designed white bikini (sold at Christies in 2001 for over £40,000). It was with some confidence they announced it as ‘THE FIRST JAMES BOND FILM!’ Interestingly, this poster would form the basis of the one used for Everything or Nothing, the documentary film to celebrate 50 years of Bond in 2015.

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Mitchell Hooks (b.1923) and David Chasman, Dr. No, 1962. United Artists. U.S., one-sheet. 41 x 27 in. (104 x 69 cm.) Estimate: £800-1,200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

David Chasman was a creative director at United Artists, the studio behind Bond. Here, we see the famous gun barrel logo designed by Joseph Charoff who noted the 7 could be converted into the barrel of a gun. The line drawing at the bottom details the nuclear plant designed by Ken Adam and built at Pinewood Studios. The groundbreaking Bond film aesthetic would infuse future poster art, with Dr No arguably being the first film of the electronic age.

From Russia With Love

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Eric Pulford (1915-2005) and Renato Fratini (1932-1973), From Russia With Love, 1963. Eon/United Artists. British, quad. 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £2,000-3,000. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

Capturing the exotic locations of Istanbul, the poster art features Sean Connery in his iconic gun-across-shoulder stance. The gun was actually an air pistol as someone had forgotten to bring a Walther PPK for the photo shoot. Connery is now centre stage as the selling element in what turned out to be his favourite Bond film. Italian Miss Universe runner-up Daniela Bianchi played Tatiana Romanova whilst Robert Shaw played evil agent Red Grant employed by poison-shoe wearing Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya, original singer of Mack The Knife). The scheme is devised by SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Revenge and Extortion), headed by villainous mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Goldfinger

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David Chasman and Robert Brownjohn (1925-1970), Goldfinger, 1964. Eon/United Artists. U.S., one-sheet. 41 x 27 in. (104 x 69 cm.) Estimate: £800-1200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

Bond came of age with this film, which was packed with memorable images: the golden girl (on screen Shirley Eaton, on the posters, Margaret Nolan, who played Dink in the movie), the Aston Martin DB5, Oddjob and his lethal hat and Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore. The American campaign for the film also revolutionised movie marketing with Goldfinger being the first movie to open ‘wide’ — in a lot of cinemas at once, helping it become the fastest money making film in history to that point.

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Robert Brownjohn (1925-1970), Goldfinger, 1964. Eon/United Artists. British, quad. 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £1,000-1,500. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

Shirley Eaton who played the ill-fated golden girl Jill Masterson had made more films than Honor Blackman and was to have received equal billing. Her omission from the poster was corrected in some later versions, and on this one by the placement of a ‘snipe’ — a stickered correction. As well as the poster, Robert Brownjohn also designed the titles of this and the previous film, both of were projected on the body of a beautiful girl. Brownjohn’s inspiration arrived when his wife walked in front of a projection.

Thunderball

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Until Skyfall (2012), Thunderball was the highest grossing Bond film, taking into account inflation. Note the film was presented by usual Bond producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli but produced by Kevin McClory. McClory was deemed to have contributed to the original Ian Fleming novel and after legal action, he was awarded the screen rights which included the character of Blofeld and the organisation SPECTRE. The film was one of the first to feature cinematic action underwater.

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Robert E. McGinnis (b.1926) and Frank McCarthy (1924-2002), Thunderball, 1965. Eon/United Artists. U.S., one-sheet. 41 x 27 in. (104 x 69 cm.) Estimate: £800-1,200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

the pairing of artists Frank McCarthy and Robert McGinnis inaugurated some of the most classic film poster art of all time. The Bell-jet pack made its popular debut in the pre-title sequence, segueing into the Maurice Binder’s title credits. John Barry originally wrote a theme entitled Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang which was recorded by Shirley Bassey (one of her four Bond songs), although Tom Jones ended up singing the Bond theme, Thunderball. Jones was the last British male solo act to do so until Sam Smith’s chart-topping Writing’s On The Wall, the theme for Spectre.

You Only Live Twice

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Robert E. McGinnis (b.1926), You Only Live Twice, 1967. Eon/United Artists. British, quad. 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £1,200-1,800. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

By now so synonymous with 007 that posters blared ‘Sean Connery IS James Bond’, the Scot returned for Thunderball . The film was originally meant to have been followed by On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and then You Only Live Twice, but the reluctant star was released from his contract early. The Japanese setting proved arduous for Connery and on one occasion his lack of privacy resulted in journalists following him into the toilet. The artwork conveys the scene where Bond is bathed by beauties, prompting a typical 007 quip, ‘I like the plumbing,’

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Robert E. McGinnis (b.1926), You Only Live Twice, 1967. United Artists. British, quad. 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £1,000-1,500. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

Production designer Ken Adam heard about Wing Commander Ken Wallis’ autogiro, and the wartime bomber pilot flew ‘Little Nellie’ as Connery’s stunt double in cinema’s first helicopter chase. The sequence, however, proved too difficult to film in Japan, and resulted in cameraman Johnny Jordan being injured before being eventually shot over Torremelinos in Spain. The poster includes a detail of the interior of Blofeld’s volcano silo, a Ken Adam set at Pinewood Studios that was so vast clouds are said to have formed inside it.

Casino Royale

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Robert E. McGinnis (b.1926), Casino Royale, 1967. Columbia. British, quad. 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £800-1,200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

When Broccoli and Saltzman bought the rights for the Bond books for Eon, two titles were not included in the deal: Thunderball and the first Bond novel, Casino Royale. Subsequently, Casino Royale was produced by Broccoli’s old boss, Charles K Feldman. The film was Initially intended to be a straight adaptation of the book but it became a bloated farce featuring several directors and several ‘James Bonds’. The huge cast list included Fleming’s friend and initial choice to play his titular hero, David Niven. The film was released prior to You Only Live Twice in the same year — the first battle of the Bonds.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

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Yves Thos (b. 1935), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969. Eon/United Artists. French, lithograph on colours. 123 x 47 in. (312 x 120 cm.) Estimate: £800-1200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

George Lazenby apes Connery’s stance from You Only Live Twice, augmented by skis rather than a space helmet. The neophyte Australian actor won the most coveted role in screen history through a mixture of bluff and diligence, and then went through an extensive process of learning how to walk, talk and act like Bond. Despite popular perception, the film was a huge hit but Lazenby, in a counter-culture moment, refused to sign to the series. This left the producers in the quandary of having to promote a film whose star would not stay, hence no mention of his name on the ski-themed Swiss-set film poster.

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Robert McGinnis (b.1926) and Frank McCarthy (1924-2002), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969. Eon/United Artists. British, quad. 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £800-1,200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

To compensate for Lazenby’s inexperience, Diana Rigg was cast as the future Mrs James Bond, while Telly Savalas became Blofeld because director Peter Hunt had not liked the previous incarnation. The film featured innovative action on snow with Olympic champion Willy Bogner being filmed skiing backwards. Piz Gloria, Blofeld’s mountaintop hideout, had been a half-completed revolving restaurant on Mount Schilthorn before production paid for its completion. Today, it remains today a major tourist attraction for Bond fans. Louis Armstrong sung the poignant wedding theme We have all the time in the world — the couple and Lazenby, alas, didn’t.

Diamonds Are Forever

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Robert E. McGinnis (b.1926), Diamonds Are Forever, 1971. Eon/United Artists. British, advance double-crown. 30 x 20 in. (76 x 51 cm.) Estimate: £800-1,200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

For a reported $1.25 million and 12.5 per cent of the gross — the highest sum of money ever paid for an actor at the time (and which was donated to charity), Sean Connery returned to play James Bond. Here, we seem him flanked by two Bond girls, Tiffany Case (born at a jewellery store of the same name while her mother was looking for a wedding ring) and Plenty O’Toole (‘Named after her father, no doubt,’ smirks Bond). With its Las Vegas setting and plot inspired by Cubby’s friend, real-life reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes, the film was a surefire hit.

The Man With The Golden Gun

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Anonymous, The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974. Eon/United Artists. U.S., one-sheet. 41 x 27 in. (104 x 69 cm.) Estimate: £800-1,200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

Christopher Lee was Ian Fleming’s step cousin and had acted opposite Roger Moore, here starring in his second 007 adventure, when both were starting out on their careers. The three-nippled hoodlum of Fleming’s novel was refined into a counter Bond, and for the first time, the heritage of the franchise was cited on the poster with the line-up of villains who ‘tried to kill James Bond’. The Golden Gun, made up of cigarette lighter, holder and pen, was fabricated by a specialist manufacturer but it kept falling apart, meaning Christopher Lee had to practise reassembling it.

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Robert McGinnis (b.1926), The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974. United Artists. British quad. 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm.) Estimate: £800-1,200. The work will be offered in the the Film Posters online sale, 27 October — 10 November

The last film of Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli’s joint reign over Bond saw the producers credited in different order depending on which hemisphere the film was being promoted in. Saltzman sold his share in the franchise to the United Artists studio which became MGM before being bought by Sony, the current Bond studio. The film featured Swedish actresses Brit Ekland, Maud Adams and the diminutive Hervé Villechaize as Nick Nack. The jump between bridges over a Thai klong, or canal, was one of the first computer designed stunts to appear in a movie.

Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story Of The James Bond Films by Matthew Field & Ajay Chowdhury (The History Press) is out now.

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Aston Martin DB4C e DB5 Touring Superleggera at Bonhams Grand Palais Sale

In evidenza all’asta, la Aston Martin DB4 Convertible del 1962, stimata in € 1,200,000-1,600,000, e la Aston Martin DB5 Convertible del 1965, stimata in € 1,600,000-1,900,000.
L’asta Bonhams di Parigi del 2015 sarà la più grande mai organizzata al Grand Palais fino ad oggi, con circa 130 vetture.

Icona dello stile industriale inglese e simbolo del cinema britannico, il Aston Martin ha prodotto alcune delle automobili più rappresentative di un epoca automobilistica irripetibile: gli anni sessanta. Al timone dell’azienda, Sir David Brown e le auto: la DB4 e la DB5.
Con solo 70 esemplari prodotti, la DB4C del 1962 è uno delle più rare Aston Martin della sua epoca. Essa combina con successo le virtù tradizionali dello stile e delle prestazioni di una “DB” con le delizie di un automobilismo all’aria aperta, ed è oggi una delle più ricercate e pregiate vetture della sua categoria.

Introdotta sul mercato nel 1963, la DB5 è nata come evoluzione della DB4. Il progetto di questa Touring aveva come obiettivo di rendere riconoscibile al primo sguardo il marchio inglese, e così è stato. Solo 19 convertibili DB5 sono state realizzate con guida a sinistra.

Philip Kantor, responsabile europeo del dipartimento Bonhams Motoring, ha commentato: “Le due Aston Martin sono esempi perfetti di quanto abbia significato per la casa automobilistica inglese avere al timone una personalità ispirata come Sir David Brown. Si tratta di due auto con guida a sinistra carrozzate Touring Superleggera, esemplari rari e molto quotati. Stiamo vedendo un forte rialzo della richiesta per le auto degli ‘60, quindi c’è da aspettarsi una forte competizione nella nostra prossima asta di Parigi. ”

La Bonhams Grand Palais Sale si terrà a Parigi il 5 febbraio 2015. Per ulteriori informazioni: https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/

 


 

Sale highlights, the 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible, estimated at €1,200,000-1,600,000 (£950,000-1,250,000), and the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible, estimated at €1,600,000-1,900,000 (£1,250,000-1,500,000)
2015 will be the biggest Bonhams Grand Palais sale to date, with around 130 motor cars

Two fantastic cars from British luxury marque Aston Martin are set to be offered at Bonhams Paris sale on 5 February 2015.

Synonymous with Britain, and of course, British movie heroes, the luxury marque has produced some truly iconic motor cars throughout its decades of manufacture – arguably none more so than those designed in the David Brown era: the DB4 and DB5.

With only 70 produced, the 1962 DB4C is one of the rarest Aston Martin roadcars of its era. It successfully combines the brands traditional virtues of style and performance with the delights of open air motoring, and is today a most sought after and highly prized motor car.

Introduced in 1963, the DB5 was a development of the preceding DB4. Classically proportioned, the Touring-designed body established an instantly recognizable look that would stand the marque in good stead until 1970. Only 19 DB5 convertibles were ever made in left-hand drive, making this offering a very rare find.

Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, said: “The duo of Aston Martins offered are perfect examples of the superior design that took hold of the brand in its post-war David Brown era – the cars were driven by the coolest of cool, and were accordingly featured in films of the decade; the DB5 model is synonymous with the James Bond franchise, and the DB4C came to a treacherous end over the alpine cliff edge in The Italian Job.

“Unusually, the pairing are both left-hand drive convertibles, making them ultra rare and highly sought after. They feature beautifully designed Italian coachwork from Touring’s Superleggera, successfully crafted on what is otherwise a very British car. At Bonhams we’re seeing great demand in the trend for cars of the 1960s, so expect some spirited bidding at our upcoming Paris auction.”

Bonhams Grand Palais Sale takes place in Paris on 5 February 2015. For further information visit: https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/

Markets Spots, a wonderful 60’s Rolex Submariner 5512

Non possiamo nascondere che ultimamente il nome McQueen sia tornato sulla cresta dell’onda. Ne abbiamo parlato già in tre precedenti occasioni  (22 aprile 2014, 13 agosto 2014, 15 agosto 2014) compresa quella relativa alla sua Ferrari 275 GTB messa all’asta in California ad agosto. Il suo nome resta per sempre legato ad un certo stile di vita, un modo di essere ed anche un look particolare. Gli anni ’60 e ’70 sono stati infatti caratterizzati da una moda sofisticata, anche chic ma che sembrava cucita a pennello per i ruoli avventurosi delle star di quel tempo. Steve McQueen, Sean Connery, Jean-Paul Belmondo sono tra i volti che meglio esprimono questo concetto.

Così come classico ma sportivo era il look di quegli anni della “dolce vita” così sono gli orologi che hanno portato al polso i protagonisti. Come il Rolex Ref. 5512.

Rolex ha introdotto la Ref. 5512 nel 1959 per sostituire la Ref. 5510 e 6538, a partire dal numero di serie 305.xxx. Le caratteristiche più importanti del nuovo riferimento erano una nuova e ampia lunetta graduata girevole per i tempi di decompressione, una piccola corona di carica (da Big Crown 800 a 700 senza guarnizione). I primi modelli presentavano due spallette protettive della corona (quadre) ma dopo i test cui i Ref. 5512 furono sottoposti da subacquei professionisti, fu constatato che questo particolare non era adatto all’uso indossando i guanti e la Rolex decise di cessarne la produzione. Sono stati realizzati quindi un numero limitato di Ref. 5512 con le spallette di protezione quadre aventi il seriale 305.xxx e solo nel 1959.

Oredelmondo presenta oggi questo raro esemplare di Rolex Submariner 5512 “cosc” con grafica bianca (mark I) Cassa seriale 1.6xx.xxx. Il movimento è automatico con calibro 1560 cosc. L’orologio rappresentato qui in foto è arrivato ai giorni nostri in una condizione strepitosa corredato della sua scatola, garanzia e del suo bollettino di marcia 1965, la cassa non è stata mai lucidata, inoltre è corredato da uno splendido bracciale jubulee delle’poca americano. Il quadrante presenta i suoi anni data la colorazione degli indici ingiallita in modo uniforme.

Per chi volesse avere maggiori informazioni può scrivere ad Andrea Foffi – info@oredelmondo.com.


We can not deny that the name McQueen is back on top. We talked about it already in the previous three post (April 22, 2014, August 13, 2014, August 15, 2014), including that one about his Ferrari 275 GTB put up for auction in California. His name is related to a certain lifestyle, a way of being and also a unique look. The 60’s and 70’s were in fact characterized by a sophisticated fashion, chic but even perfect for the roles of the adventurous star of that time. Steve McQueen, Sean Connery, Jean-Paul Belmondo are, among the others, that best express of this concept. As well as classic and sporty at the same time is the look of those years of the “dolce vita”, as well are the watches of the protagonists. As the Rolex Ref. 5512.

Rolex introduced the reference 5512 in 1959 to substitute for Ref. 5510 and 6538, starting with a 305.xxx serial number. The most important features of the new reference were a new wide graduated revolving bezel for the decompression times, a smaller winding crown (from 8 to 7 mm.) and a protective crown guard. The earliest models featured square type guards such as this one; approximately 100 examples of Ref. 5512 were tested by professional divers. This particular type of crown guard was not easy to use while wearing professional diver’s gloves and Rolex stopped production. A limited number of Ref. 5512 with square guards were made, starting with serial number 305.xxx, and only in 1959.

OreDelMondo presents today this rare example of Rolex Submariner 5512 “cosc” with white graphics (mark I), Case serial 1.6xx.xxx. The movement is the automatic caliber 1560 with cosc. The watch shown here in the picture came to our days in an amazing condition, accompanied by its box, warranty and its bulletin march 1965, the case has never been polished, it is also accompanied by a beautiful American bracelet jubilee.

For more information mail to Andrea Foffi – info@oredelmondo.com.