When dealers and collectors come together this weekend for the 62n/a Annual New York International Antiquarian Book Fair, they are expected to buy and sell all kinds of unique items. Among the offerings: a first edition copy of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, a rare book of poetry by EE Cummings and a document signed by Indian leader Gandhi, filled with his fingerprints.
But perhaps the most eye-catching item is a collection of movie scripts and other materials related to everyone’s favorite fictional secret agent: James Bond.
Peter Harrington Rare Books, a British retailer, offers a collection of everything about Bond for 500,000 pounds, or about $ 650 000. It includes scripts for all the Bond films over 20 years. In some cases, only 20 to 25 pieces of these scripts are likely to exist, said Adam Douglas, senior specialist at Peter Harrington.
Even more intriguing: the collection also includes two versions of the script for “Warhead”, a James Bond film, partly set in New York, which was never made. (Note: the script was co-written by Sean Connery, arguably the most famous cinematic Bonds.) Another element “Warhead” Collection: A watercolor of a scene for the future film.
Douglas said the collection had been acquired from a Bond enthusiast who had taken years to assemble the hardware. Taken as a whole, it represents “a complete picture of how the Bond films have been made,” said Douglas, noting that the collection includes items throughout the era Daniel Craig recently concluded 007 images. (The last film Bond Craig, “No Time to Die”, was established in 2021.)
While the collectible may be important to Bond fans, it’s only a slice of the 007 collectibles market – a true Bond market, if you will. And it’s a market that has remained consistently active in recent years, according to dealers.
There is a demand not only for elements of the film, but also for the copies of the first edition of Ian Fleming’s novels that inspired the movies. The books routinely sell tens of thousands of dollars each, said Joe Maddalena, executive vice president of Heritage Auctions, the Texas-based company specializing in a range of collectibles.
Maddalena said that Heritage will auction a particularly rare item Bond in June – the pocket book Ian Fleming used to develop the Bond novel “You Only Live Twice.” It is expected that the article can sell $ 100,000.
Some Bond items can even reach seven-figure prices. An example: a restored Aston Martin car, used in the film “Goldfinger”, went for $ 6.4 million.
Maddalena says the enduring popularity of the Bond cannon is what drives prices up. As much as moviegoers flock to the latest Marvel movie today, the 007 series dates back over half a century and has fans across the globe.
“I can’t imagine anywhere in the world that people haven’t heard of 007,” he said.
Indeed, when Amazon AMZN,
recently announced that it had acquired MGM, the film studio behind Bond footage and countless other films, it was widely speculated that the 007 cannon helped secure the deal.
As Peter Newman, film professor and program director at the University of New York, told trade publication Variety“The reason for the acquisition seemed to be after the big titles, the intellectual property, which of course, first and foremost, meant the James Bond franchise.”