1. Profiles In History Auction Featuring James Bond Items

    By Devin Zydel on 2008-07-31

    Several James Bond lots are apart of the latest auction by Profiles in History, entitled ‘Hollywood Auction 32’.

    The sale, which runs today, 31 July and tomorrow, 1 August, features over 1,000 lots, including some of the most iconic film, television and music memorabilia. All genres will be covered from vintage Hollywood to contemporary blockbusters to rock ‘n roll legends. There is literally something for everyone.

    For the 007 collectors, there is a varied selection, from an early screenplay draft/film treatment/script outline for Dr. No to a signed Goldfinger artwork by cover artist Richard Chopping.

    Detailed information on the lots follows below:

    Ian Fleming's 'Goldfinger'

    Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger

    Lot #854 Early screenplay draft, film treatment and script outline for the James Bond movie, Dr. No.

    (United Artists, 1963) Two early film treatments, early screenplay draft, chronological scene sequence and script outline from the James Bond movie, Dr. No. Written by Richard Maibaum and Wolf Mankowitz. Treatments are 42 and 43 pages, both dated September 7, 1961. Early draft of screenplay is 133 pages, dated October 3, 1961 with revisions dated October 10, 1961 and numerous pencil annotations. Chronological scene sequence and script outline, each 11 pages, undated; location and set changes, 2 pages, dated November 1, 1961.

    $10000 – $12000

    Lot #857 Ian Fleming autograph manuscript relating to the James Bond movie From Russia With Love.

    (UA, 1963) Autograph manuscript notebook of seven lined pages in blue ink with numerous revisions, 6 1/4 in. x 4 in., undated, circa 1963, possibly from London, regarding the making of the movie From Russia with Love. Fleming writes a humorous report about himself pretending to do a news story. He writes [in part]: “Ian Fleming, just back from Istanbul, reports that the filming of From Russia with Love is going forward, under the generalship of producers Salzman and Broccoli & director Terence Young with even more zest than the 70 strong unit displayed on the Dr. No location in Jamaica last year…Fleming’s official business was to unravel a snarl in the script, but his secret purpose was to make sure that the rats & bats in his book got into the film…He thinks From Russia with Love, due here in the autumn, will be even better than Dr. No, which has been breaking records all round the world…& which opened to capacity business in America on Monday…Meanwhile the typescript of the next James Bond is on the way to Jonathan Cape – setting Japan. Title – You Only Live Twice…”

    $40000 – $60000

    Lot #859 Richard Chopping original signed artwork for Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel, Goldfinger.

    Color separation artwork, undated, for Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger (1959), undated, 17 1/2 in. x 22 in., signed along the lower margin in pencil, “Richard W. Chopping.”

    $1000 – $1500

    Lot #861 James Bond 007 Aston Martin DB5 Corgi model signed by “Q”.

    Corgi Toys die-cast scale model of James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 including the original cardboard box and cardboard display insert. The special display insert is inscribed by Desmond Llewelyn, who played “Q” in 17 James Bond films, with his famous quote from the film, Goldfinger, “I never joke about my work 007, Desmond, Q.” This quote is Q’s famous retort after James Bond’s quip about the ejector seat. The model features retractable machine guns, opening roof, ejector seat and passenger, and rear bullet screen. A fantastic piece of James Bond memorabilia.

    $300 – $500

    Lot #863 Sean Connery James Bond cufflinks from You Only Live Twice.

    (UA, 1967) A pair of gold-plated cufflinks with gold chain link connection. Accompanied by a note in wardrobe mistress Eileen Sullivan’s hand stating, “Sean Connery, worn with naval uniform You Only Live Twice“, in Simpson Piccadilly box, the inside lining of the hinged cover similarly inscribed in Sullivan’s hand “Naval Bond.” In the film, Sean Connery is seen wearing his naval uniform when he is released from his ‘coffin’ on board a British nuclear submarine, fresh from his own funeral.

    $3000 – $4000

    Lot #864 Roald Dahl original working manuscript of his James Bond screenplay, You Only Live Twice.

    Working manuscript of Roald Dahl’s screenplay for You Only Live Twice, dated June 17, 1966 [with inserted revisions dated August 9 and 21], approximately 240 pages, Quarto, signed twice on the title page in black ink by Roald Dahl. Extensive annotations and corrections on nearly every page in Dahl’s hand including dialogue and directorial changes. Material relating to Dahl’s only James Bond screenplay is exceedingly rare. Small chips and light toning to title page, otherwise fine condition.

    $25000 – $35000

    Lot #868 Two one-sheet posters for Live and Let Die.

    (UA, 1973) Two advance posters for Live and Let Die: “James Bond” one-sheet poster. Condition: A-. On linen. Measures 27 in. x 39 in. “Roger Moore” one-sheet poster. Condition A-. On linen. Measures 27 in. x 36 in.

    $400 – $600

    Lot #870 Two anniversary James Bond one-sheet posters.

    James Bond 25th Anniversary one-sheet poster, unbacked. Shows images from Dr. No (1962) through The Living Daylights (1987). Includes a James Bond 40th Anniversary one-sheet poster, unbacked. Shows images from Dr. No (1962) through The World Is Not Enough (2002).

    $200 – $300

    For further information on these James Bond lots, click here to view each of them on the Profiles in History website.

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