Ultimate James Bond collection to be sold

DAVID MCCOWEN
Last updated 09:33 26/02/2014

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The ultimate collection of James Bond toys is up for sale.

Cars, hovercrafts, boats, planes and even a tank are part of the multi-million dollar collection of James Bond props put up for sale by a US 007 fan.

US property tycoon Michael Dezer accrued 57 vehicles from to Dr No to Skyfall for his museum in Miami but has now decided to unload them.

The vehicles reflect dozens of motoring moments in cinema, though not all were used for filming.

But Pierce Brosnan's wall-busting T55 tank from Goldeneye is there, along with his missile-equipped Aston Martin and a gun-toting Jaguar used in the icy climax of Die Another Day.

A ski-fitted Lotus Esprit steered by Roger Moore is included in the sale, along with an Aston Martin DBS driven by George Lazenby.

A Lockheed Jetstar can take to the skies in comfort, or a Little Nellie gyrocopter can get you behind enemy lines without making a fuss.

Rare exotics such as a BMW Z8 and Toyota 2000GT roadster are worth considerable money alone, while tamer motors including a Tuk Tuk taxi and Lada Riva heavily benefit from their ties to the Bond franchise.

Silver screen henchmen are represented through a Rolls-Royce limousine driven by Oddjob in Goldfinger.

There are a few cars missing from the collection. A Lotus submarine from The Spy Who Loved Me recently sold separately for around NZ$1 million, and highly desirable Aston Martins driven by Sean Connery are also absent.

Dezer intends to sell the collection as a whole for £20 million (NZ$40m) rather than dividing it into smaller chunks.

That makes it difficult for regular film fans to buy a taste of Bond culture, but for one lucky collector it could be the best way to feel like a secret agent.

* An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the George Lazenby Aston Martin was a DB5 when in fact it was a DBS.

-Fairfax News Australia

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