Sunday Times

Licence to make a killing

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● Online bidding began on Friday for a rare poster for the 1965 James Bond film Thunderbal­l, which is expected to fetch up to R240,000.

The highlight of a sale of Bond memorabili­a by Ewbank’s auctioneer­s in Surrey, England, the poster has four panels depicting the suave 007 agent. Measuring 30 inches by 40 inches (76.2cm by 101.6cm) — known as “quad” format — the linen-backed poster was designed to be cut into four.

“There’s always been a huge collector base for James Bond-related items which seems to just be growing,” Ewbank’s valuer

Natalie Davies told Reuters.

The Bond auction includes an original 1962 British quad poster for the first Bond film, Dr No .

Also on offer were props such as a metal lightbox sign with “Albert R Broccoli 007 Stage” on it, referring to the late film producer, which used to hang at Pinewood Studios.

A replica top hat as worn by Oddjob in Goldfinger could fetch up to R80,000.

“All of our sales are now taking place completely online and we’ve actually noticed quite a big increase in bidding,” Davies said of the pandemic.

 ?? Picture: Hannah McKay/Reuters ?? One of the James Bond film posters for which bidding opened on Friday in an online auction by Ewbank’s in the UK. This poster for the 1962 movie ‘Dr No’ has an estimate of R120,000-R180,000.
Picture: Hannah McKay/Reuters One of the James Bond film posters for which bidding opened on Friday in an online auction by Ewbank’s in the UK. This poster for the 1962 movie ‘Dr No’ has an estimate of R120,000-R180,000.

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