Actor Richard Kiel will participate in Q&A sessions following screenings of the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker in the San Francisco Bay area on November 5-6. Click here for details
Dave Worrall, author of The Most Famous Car in the World, is reunited with Jerry Lee after first meeting in the US some fifteen years ago when the DB5 was on display in his home.
(Photo copyright Cinema Retro)
(Photo copyright: Cinema Retro)
By Dave Worrall
A James Bond Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery
in Goldfinger and Thunderball sold for £2.7m in London last night, making it the most expensive film prop and movie-related car in
history. The American bidder, who was in the room, was beseiged by the
press afterward. Sold by RM Auctions on behalf of Jerry Lee, it was hoped the
sale would have topped £3.5m, especially as the proceeds were going to a charity
foundation. However, Mr Lee paid just $12,000 for the car back in 1969, so his
return of $4.1m wasn't such a bad investment after all.
The car in the reception area of the RAC Club, London. The same location it was first display back in 1969. (Photo copyright Cinema Retro)
Author and Cinema Retro publisher Dave Worrall (right) and Don Rose of RM Auctions pose with “The Most Famous Car in The World". (Photo copyright Cinema Retro)
night (21/10/10) saw “The Most Famous Car in The World” return to The Royal
Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London,
for the first time since it was first displayed there in 1969. The car, the
only remaining Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in the films Goldfinger and Thunderball and now internationally known as “The Most Famous Car
in The World”after the title of Dave
Worrall’s book, is being sold next Wednesday (27/10/10) by RM Auctions, in
association with Sotheby’s. Owned by Jerry Lee of Philadelphia for some forty
plus years, he intends to use the proceeds of the sale towards a charity-based
foundation in America that he has formed, which is a multi-national initiative
dedicated to solving social problems associated with poverty, with an emphasis
on crime prevention. Last night’s private champagne dinner reception hosted by
the RAC Club and RM Auctions was attended by Sir Ken Adam, the world-famous
production designer who designed James Bond’s now-famous gadget-laden car. Also in attendance was automobile enthusiast Nick Mason from the rock band Pink Floyd, London
socialite Liz Brewer, and many influential people in the world of high finance
and the classic car scene. The car is expected to sell in excess of £3.5m.
Entrance to the auction, which is being held at the Battersea Evolution, is via
the purchase of the sale catalogue. Further details available at: www.rmauctions.com Happy bidding!
Bondstars, the UK-based web site that offers official autographs from alumni of the James Bond series, has announced that although their 007-themed Christmas celebration at Pinewood Studios on November 14 sold out almost immediately, they are accepting names for a standby list. Click here for the full details and roster of Bond celebs scheduled to attend.
Timothy Dalton hasn't held a cinematic license to kill since he last played James Bond in 1989. However, the former 007 will be re-entering the world of celluloid espionage by playing a recurring character on the NBC TV series Chuck. Dalton will guest star in the comedy show opposite Linda Hamilton. For more click here
The Express newspaper of London has an in-depth interview with former James Bond George Lazenby. It's tales that the one-shot 007 has told often, but his candor remains refreshing. the man who passed up taking on the role in subsequent Bond films discusses the fact that he was despised by the director and co-star Diana Rigg, but compensated for it by bedding a different actress almost every day. (Shades of Sir Hillary Bray!) He also reveals he was Russell Crowe's landlord during the Oscar-winner's lean years. Click here to read