This life-size door panel poster, a format made popular in the Sean Connery movies, is particularly scarce, depicting Lazenby holding skis and his pistol. In good condition (just some pinholes visible in the corners), it sold on November 20 for £9500 (estimate £1000-1500) at Ewbank’s (25% buyer’s premium) in Woking in a Bond-themed sale: 007 A Time To Buy.
The auction was led by two copies of the British Quad for the first James Bond film Dr No (1962). The design by David Chasman with artwork Mitchell Hooks shows the late Connery in his pomp alongside four of the Bond girls against a canary yellow ground. It set the scene for many Bond posters.
These can be hugely expensive (the exceptional example sold by Sotheby’s in a themed Bond poster sale on November 12 made £42,000, plus 26% buyer’s premium), but condition is everything. One here with ‘some minor touch ups to a small tear lower middle’ took £22,000 while another with ‘a small amount of paper loss and tape residue in other corners’ made £13,000.
“The demand for Bond is stronger than ever,” said Ewbank’s specialist Alastair McCrea after a white-glove sale. “There are so many collectors, and investors are also now seeing it as a prime area to invest in with interest rates being so low.”