Live and Let Buy: Roger Moore’s ‘James Bond’ Collection Heads to Auction on the 50th Anniversary of His Debut as 007

The quintessential Bond for many, Moore portrayed the charismatic secret agent more than any other actor.

Barbara Bach and Roger Moore, stars of the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me leaning on the famous amphibious Lotus Esprit in 1977. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Moore, Roger Moore, was the third actor to portray James Bond on screen, following his starring role in the hit 1960s television series The Saint, which also centered on dapper espionage. The British lead played the impossibly stylish and charismatic spy in seven feature films, more than any other actor in the franchise. For many, his roles in Live and Let Die (1973), For Your Eyes Only (1981), and A View to a Kill (1985) made him the quintessential 007.

Now, Moore’s legions of fans have a rare opportunity to own a piece of Bond history. The personal memorabilia and other items he amassed before his death in 2017 will go up for auction at Bonhams London on October 4, 2023—the 50th anniversary of his first appearance as the beloved secret agent.

Seamaster watch from Omega. Courtesy of Bonhams.

A ’50 Years of 007′ limited-edition Seamaster watch from Omega. Courtesy of Bonhams.

The 180 lots in the accessibly priced sale include several notable items. One highlight is a limited-edition Omega Seamaster dive watch, expected to fetch £20,000–£30,000 ($25,000–$37,000). Over the years, the watchmaker has launched several iterations of the Seamaster Diver to commemorate various Bond milestones; this particular example was released in 2012 to celebrate 50 years of the franchise.

Highest bidders can play the role of international jetsetter themselves with Moore’s “extensively used” passport, containing 26 pages of country stamps where he traveled in the 1990s, as well as his Gucci-designed address book filled with celebrity names (phone numbers removed), and his leather wallet still full of travel cards and currency.

Roger Moore's passport (est: £2,000–£3,000) and wallet (est: £600–£800). Courtesy of Bonhams.

Roger Moore’s passport (est: £2,000–£3,000) and wallet (est: £600–£800). Courtesy of Bonhams.

Several of Moore’s dashing costumes are featured, too. One of them is the double-breasted mohair dinner suit that he wore in the Eiffel Tower fight scene and subsequent car chase in A View to a Kill, which could land £20,000–£30,000 ($25,000–$37,000). Another is an identical version of the white ski suit he wore in the opening sequence of the same film, which could rake in as much as £25,000 ($32,000).

A Douglas Hayward double-breasted mohair dinner suit made for Sir Roger Moore in <em>A View To A Kill</em>, 1985. Courtesy of Bonhams.

A Douglas Hayward double-breasted mohair dinner suit made for Sir Roger Moore in A View To A Kill, 1985. Courtesy of Bonhams.

In addition, a large collection of photographs and film stills of Roger Moore playing James Bond will also be available. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which appointed Moore as a goodwill ambassador in 1991.

The sale is the wish of Moore’s children Deborah, Geoffrey, and Christian Moore. “We know how much our father meant to so many people across the globe,” they said in a statement. “For many he was James Bond as well as The Saint, but he was also a kind and generous individual, as understandably proud of his charitable work as his acting career. We are delighted to be able to share his legacy with his many fans.”

 

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