The prop famously made an appearance in 1962’s “Dr. No."
“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, film, and other media for the past nearly six decades,” read a statement sent to Fox News on Wednesday.
“The silhouette of the Walther PP and PPK has served as the key iconic image for the character of James Bond since the film franchise debuted with ‘Dr. No,’ and this deactivated handgun was the first of all that followed,” the auction house shared. “One of two employed in the film, this prop was identified by the original film armorer, BAPTY in the U.K., who had it until the official BAPTY Archive auction in 2006. Its estimate is $ 150,000 per $ 200,000."
The sale comes days after the Scottish star, who rose to international stardom as the suave secret agent, deceduto all'età 90.
Connery’s wife and two sons said he “died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family” in the Bahamas, dove viveva. Son Jason Connery said his father had been “unwell for some time.”
“We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Sir Sean Connery’s passing as we were preparing to unveil our upcoming ‘Icons & Idols Trilogy: Hollywood’ auction lineup featuring the ‘Dr. No’ prop gun and Sean Connery on our catalog cover,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions.
“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 shared. “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 actor was in his early 30s and little known when he appeared in “Dr. No,” based on the Ian Fleming novel.
Condannato come immorale dal Vaticano e dal Cremlino, ma è stato proiettato alla Casa Bianca per il fan di Bond John F.. Kennedy, "Dr. No ”è stato un successo al botteghino e ha lanciato un franchise che è sopravvissuto a lungo alle sue origini della Guerra Fredda.
Connery ha continuato come Bond in “From Russia With Love," "Dito d'oro,"" Thunderball,"Si vive solo due volte" e "I diamanti sono per sempre",”Spesso eseguendo le sue acrobazie.
The star kept his promise not to play Bond again until 1983, quando è stato attirato indietro da una sceneggiatura insolita su una mezza età 007. Connery ha preso il ruolo e ha contribuito a produrre il film. Il risultato è stato “Never Say Never Again,” a title suggested by his wife, Micheline Roquebrune.
Il Premio Oscar went on to lead a decades-long career in Hollywood and lived abroad for many years.
Connery è sopravvissuto a sua moglie, fratello Neil e figli Jason e Stefan. Il suo pubblicista, Nancy Seltzer, said there would be a private ceremony followed by a memorial service once the pandemia di coronavirus has ended.
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