The iconography of James Bond is almost as famous as the character himself. The spy is known for his Aston Martin, his trilby, his martini (shaken, not stirred) — and his signature Walther PPK pistol.
“In the cinematic debut of the character of James Bond, Connery uses this hero weapon throughout the film and helped to establish and define the character that has been featured in books, films, and other media for the past nearly six decades,” said the auction house in a press release.
Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions, said the auction house was “deeply saddened” by the news of Connery’s death.
“The silhouette of 007 holding this gun would go on to become the James Bond franchise’s most iconic image and one of the most recognizable pop culture references of all time,” he said in the statement. “We are honored to include his Walther PP Pistol as our auction’s headlining item along with hundreds of other historical memorabilia from Hollywood’s greatest classic films and television series.”
The prop gun used in the James Bond film “Dr. No” in 1962. Credit: Julien’s Auctions
The prop had been held by UK-based prop house Bapty, the original film armorer, until it was sold at an archive auction in 2006. The buyer kept it in their collection until now, according to Julien’s Auctions.
When it goes on sale in December, it will come with a certificate of deactivatiion and a letter of provenance from Bapty.
The auction includes over 500 other items from memorable Hollywood films, including a fighter pilot helmet created for use by Tom Cruise in “Top Gun,” with an estimated worth of up to $50,000; a black leather jacket worn by Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, with an estimated value up to $50,000; a hoverboard from “Back to the Future Part II” which could sell for up to $9,000; and props from Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” among others.
Top image caption: A still from the James Bond film, “Dr. No,'”directed by Terence Young, 1962.