James Bond is one of the most iconic figures in pop culture history, having been portrayed on screen by several talented actors across decades, and memorabilia featuring the debonair secret agent fetches impressive prices today.
The most valuable James Bond memorabilia usually revolves around the gadgets and vehicles he uses on his various missions across the world. One of the most impressive Bond gadgets is a miniature submarine popularly known as “The Wet Nellie.” The submarine was used in the 1977 film, “The Spy Who Loved Me,” which starred Roger Moore as James Bond. The remote-controlled submarine that was actually used during filming sold for a staggering $630,000 at auction in 2013, far exceeding its estimated value of $393,000.
Another iconic Bond gadget that has fetched impressive prices at auction is the Aston Martin DB5, which first appeared in the 1964 film, “Goldfinger.” This luxurious sports car was equipped with machine guns, smoke screen, and an ejector seat, among other outlandish features. Several replicas of the car have been used in different Bond films over the years, but a restored original car used in “Goldfinger” sold for $4.6 million at auction in 2010.
Similarly, the Lotus Espirit “submarine car” used in the 1977 film, “The Spy Who Loved Me,” is another impressive Bond vehicle that has fetched impressive prices. The car that was actually used in the film was discovered in a storage container in Long Island, New York, and purchased for a mere $100 in 1989 by a local couple. They put it up for auction in 2013, and it sold for an astonishing $860,000, far exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $250,000.
Bond’s watches are also highly collectible, and one of the most memorable models was the Rolex Submariner he wore in the 1973 film, “Live and Let Die.” This watch featured a sleek, black bezel and a unique “buzzsaw” rotating bezel. One of the original watches used in the film sold for $365,000 at auction in 2015, making it one of the most expensive Submariners ever sold.
Beyond these iconic gadgets, other James Bond memorabilia that have sold for impressive prices include costumes, props, and posters. Some of the most notable ones include the tailored Tom Ford suits worn by Daniel Craig’s Bond in “Skyfall,” which were sold for charity for a total of over $400,000. The author Ian Fleming’s original typewriter, which he used to write “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” sold for $89,600 at auction in 2015, and the famous Golden Gun prop from the 1974 film, “The Man with the Golden Gun,” sold for over $250,000.
Fans of James Bond and movie memorabilia collectors alike show no signs of losing interest in iconic Bond props and costumes. As more film franchises release collectible items for fans, vintage Bond items will continue to be highly sought after, fetching impressive prices at auctions and stores worldwide.