This famous pistol used by Sean Connery in the first James Bond auctioned.. $ 256,000 (photos)

Sylvie Claire / December 4, 2020

 

The famous Walther PP pistol used by Sean Connery in the first James Bond brought to the screen has been auctioned for $ 256,000, the auction house Julien's auction in Beverly Hills announced Thursday. The purchaser is an American fan who wished to remain anonymous.

 

Sean Connery, who died last October at the age of 90, grabbed the characteristic little pistol in James Bond vs. Dr No in 1962. In this feature film, the British secret agent is ordered to exchange his old Beretta for the Walther. The Americans in the CIA swear by him, Bond is assured.

 

007's weapon of choice

 

The Walther pistol, in its various versions, remained the weapon of choice in 007 some 25 films later. The pistol sold Thursday, neutralized, is one of the two accessories used by Sean Connery in the first episode of James Bond. It was owned by the film's gunsmith until its auction in 2006.

 

The famous Walther was one of the 500 symbolic objects of Hollywood cinema put up for sale by Julien's Auctions during a special sale Thursday. Also in the catalog was the fighter pilot helmet worn by Tom Cruise in "Top Gun", which sold for $ 108,000.

 

The release of the next James Bond, which is expected to be the last with Daniel Craig as 007, has had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. "Dying Can Wait" ("No Time To Die" in original version) is currently scheduled for April 2021. Often regarded by fans of James Bond - and some of his successors in the role - as the best 007 to the screen, Sean Connery has played this character six times, not counting the unofficial "Never Again »

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