James Bond speedboat and Aston Martin DB5 among 007 movie gadgets up for auction

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James Bond’s speedboat could soon be seen tearing down the Thames, as 007’s gadgets go under the hammer for the first time.

The vessel is seen with Pierce Brosnan at the helm in The World Is Not Enough, but after filming for the 1999 release the boat was packed away and has remained high and dry in storage for 20 years.

But 007’s speedboat could soon be clipping down the Thames again if a fan secures the craft known as the “Q Jet Boat”, which is going up for auction in a “stunning” sale of Bond treasures.

Any future owner would have to contend with a problem unknown to Britain’s super spy, however, and secure insurance for the £30,000 stunt boat.

Adrian Hume-Sayer, head of sale and director of iconic collections at Christie’s, explained: “It was essentially taken out of the Thames after filming, and has been in storage ever since. It hasn’t been used.

“It is complete, with an engine and so on. It is a stunt boat, but, in theory, it would still run.

“Of course, there would have to be various safety tests and modifications to make sure it was ‘seaworthy’. But if money is no object, a fan could take it out on the water.”

He added: “This really is a stunning sale and a dream for die hard Bond fans. Every lot is special.”


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