50 years of James BondJames Bond was stirring the ladies a long time before Christian Grey was even a twinkle in author E.L. James’ typewriter.

Back in 1962, Dr No. was the first of the James Bond films to be released. Based on the original books written by Ian Fleming, the low budget film starred a thirty-something Sean Connery attempting to save the US Space programme while, no doubt, sipping on the odd martini and wooing the very first Bond girl, Ursula Andress. Fifty years and seven leading actors later, the special effects are incredible but Bond’s charm lives on, albeit in another body.

EON Productions in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have announced GLOBAL JAMES BOND DAY and on 5th October, fans all around the world will be celebrating the golden anniversary of the longest running film franchise in cinematic history.

Among the events taking place, one of the most exciting for real 007 fanatics will be the charity online auction of Bond memorabilia, all of which has been provided by EON Productions. Christie’s, organisers Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royaleand hosts of the online auction, will open the doors of their South Kensington saleroom (85 Old Brompton Road) at 11am, on Saturday 29th September until 5th October so that prospective bidders can view the 40 lots.

50 Years of Bond, the online-only auction, opens for bids on 28th September, running until 8th October. A further ten lots of very special Bond memorabilia will be available at an invitation-only auction (online and live) taking place on Global James Bond Day at the South Kensington saleroom.

Twelve charities are set to benefit from the auction, including Barnardo’s who are expected to receive between £100,000 and £150,000 when the 2008 Aston Martin 6 Litre V12 DBS 2-Door Coupe driven by James Bond in Quantum of Solace goes under the hammer (Daniel Craig not included).

Piers Brosnan as James BondThose wanting to get just a little bit closer to Daniel Craig may prefer to bid for his swimming trunks. Remember the powder blue La Perla number he wore as he stalked out of the Caribbean Sea in Casino Royale? Swoon!

Nicolette Tomkinson, Director of Christie’s remarked on the auction house’s excitement in being involved in the sale which will include at least one piece of memorabilia from every James Bond film ever made: “The auction is sure to appeal to new and established fans of the famous British spy. James Bond is much loved by a truly international fan-base and we hope to make memorabilia from the 23 Bond films accessible to all. A broad spectrum of prices will be covered within the auction, with online lots selling without reserve and bids starting at only £50.”

Other charities being supported by the auction include UNICEF, The National Youth Theatre, Childline and Tickets for Troops.

For more information or to register your interest visit www.christies.com/bond.

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