The legendary Walther PP handgun used by Sean Connery, the first James Bond actor, in the first James Bond movie, "Dr No," is up for auction. The 007 agent used the handgun for the entire film production without making a switch.
In 1962, the first James Bond movie, "Dr. No," starring Sean Connery and produced by EON productions, made it to the television screens. In the movie, Connery used a Walther PP handgun to craft and solidify his character as James Bond, and the weapon was established as a memento of the franchise.
Following the release of new "James Bond" movies, the prop was held by the original film armorer, BAPTY, in the UK. It was kept there until the official BAPTY Archive Auction in 2006.
Veteran actor Sean Connery, the first actor to play James Bond, won Best Supporting Actor during the 60th Annual Academy Awards in 1988. | Photo: Getty Images
Connery's deactivated pistol has resurfaced and is set to be put up for sale at Julien Auction's "Icons & Idols: Hollywood" auction on December 3rd in Beverly Hills after the 90-year-old star died in the Bahamas.
The executive director of the auction house, Martin Nolan, stated that they were saddened by the recent death of the icon, Connery, and added that the handgun is expected to fetch $200,000.
"Dr. No" star Sean Connery outside Champ Elysees in Paris, France. | Photo: Getty Images
Apart from the legendary handgun, other highlights to be present during the auction are items from a Tom Cruise set and costumes from popular films like "Terminator 2: Pulp" fiction, "Judgement Day," among many others.
Connery also rejected some notable smaller roles.
Sean Connery in his James Bond character dressed in an iconic suit and tie. | Photo: Getty Images
The event will include nearly 600 antiques taken out of the production libraries of Hollywood's greatest films from modern-day to new box office classics in celebration of the influence in television, stage, and others.
Following the death of the icon, his widow, Micheline Roquebrune, told the Scottish Mail that she had to transport Sean's ashes back to Scotland as that was the late legend's wish.
Roquebrune also added that as soon as the COVID-19 restrictions allow, the family would organize a memorial service for the highly esteemed icon in Scotland.
Some huge characters were "John Mason" from "The Rock" and "King Arthur." Connery also rejected some notable smaller roles like Nigel Powers in "Austin Powers in Goldmember," Tarzan, in "Tarzan the Magnificent" among others.
The Scottish actor further turned down a role as Dumbledore in "Harry Potter" as he stated that he was not interested in joining a children's movie about wizards. Regardless of his disinterest in highly regarded and recognized movies, the late star crafted an illustrious career worthy of emulation with the Bond character.