James Bond Defenders, Range Rovers and Jaguars Are Hitting the Block
Stunt cars from "No Time To Die" are among the lots being auctioned by Christie’s to mark 60 years of James Bond films
In 1962, a young buck named Sean Connery (now Sir) portrayed a British spy created by author Ian Fleming four years earlier in his novel Dr. No on the silver screen. Audiences were shaken — and stirred — by the performance, and the rest is history.
Now, 60 years and 24 additional films later, 60 iconic lots from the James Bond franchise are hitting the block courtesy of Christie’s with the proceeds from both the live and online auction being donated to benefit 45 charities.
Among the 60 lots up for auction are Defender, Range Rover and Jaguar stunt cars that were used in No Time To Die, including a Defender 110, Range Rover Sport SVR and Jaguar XF.
“Defender, Range Rover and Jaguar were in the thick of the action in No Time To Die,” said Jaguar Land Rover vehicle programming director Nick Collins. “Each car represents a unique piece of James Bond history which we’re sure collectors will be keen to own and we are delighted to be able to support our charity partners through their sale. With such high demand for the Defender V8 Bond Edition, we are also hoping this special one-off version with the 60 years of Bond logo will attract a keen buyer.”
In addition to the vehicles, the two-part auction will include watches, costumes and props, many of which are related to No Time To Die. The final six lots that will go under the hammer represent each of the six actors who have played 007: Connery, George Lazenby, Sir Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. The item with the priciest estimated sale price isn’t a Defender, Range Rover or Jaguar — it’s an Aston Martin. The silver birch DB5 — the only DB5 stunt car ever to be released for sale — is expected to fetch up to $2.5 million.
Fun fact: Fleming wrote all 14 Bond books from GoldenEye, his Caribbean home in Jamaica on a headland overlooking a private beach. After his death, the house was purchased by Bob Marley, who then sold it to the Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. Blackwell still owns the house and has donated a five-night stay to the auction.
The Sixty Years of James Bond auction will be open for online bidding from September 15 until James Bond Day on October 5. A live auction will be held by Christie’s and EON Productions in London on September 28 by invitation only. For further information on the auction and lots, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The last three official Christie’s 007 auctions have raised $7,196,146 to benefit charitable causes.
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