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Stamps contest

Posted in Collectibles with tags , on January 11, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

I have been remiss in not reporting on the Ian Fleming Centenary James Bond stamps, which I’ve read about, and which several of you have emailed me about. I did report on them back in October, but buzz has heated up as they went on sale this week.

Now comes news that a cash prize is at stake for purchasers of the collectible stamps.

There is one “first prize” of £50,000 worth of gold. There are 5 “runners up” prizes of £2,000 worth of diamonds, and there are 100 further runners up prizes of £250 cash.

To enter you must purchase a James Bond Presentation Pack. Contained within the set of stamps is a card containing a website URL and a promotional code. You must enter the code as instructed on the website to discover whether you have won a prize.

Here’s the site where you can enter a code that comes with the stamps, and here’s where you can purchase them.


James Bond stamps!

Posted in Collectibles on October 22, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

I would totally buy a zillion of these. Too bad I don’t live in England.


Ian Fleming First Editions

Posted in Collectibles, Ian Fleming with tags on October 21, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

A person who attended a workshop I presented last summer has kept in touch with me. I guess you’d call him a fan. I was impressed with me, and I guess my workshop made a big difference in his life.

Anyway, he wrote last week to tell me that he’d found something Bond-related at a yard sale and he’d like to send it to me, could I please send my address?

Yesterday, a package arrived. In it were ten hardcover Ian Fleming first editions (all the novels except Live and Let Die and Diamonds Are Forever). First editions! I almost fell out of my chair.

The dust jackets are a little damaged, most of them have a horizontal black line or two in magic marker, making me think that once, long ago, a toddler had a marker and ran down a row of a bookcase with it. Most of the dust jackets also have small tears. The books themselves appear to be in perfect condition.

Needless to say, I am stunned by the generosity and the serendipity of this gift.

Buy a barn from Die Another Day!

Posted in Collectibles on August 23, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Real estate: The ultimate collectible.

A ramshackle barn on the north Norfolk coast which has played host to jazz, smugglers and James Bond is expected to fetch well over £1m at auction…

The barn and surrounding fields…appeared in the James Bond movie Die Another Day, in which nearby farmland was converted into a rice paddy, and All The King’s Men, a drama documentary which told the story of the ill-fated Sandringham Company, who were massacred during the first world war.

…Offers close at noon on Friday, September 7. For more information, call Cruso and Wilkin, on 01553 691691.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sold

Posted in Collectibles on June 5, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Another find on today: One of the cars from the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sold for over a half million dollars.

This is of interest to Bond fans, of course, because Ian Fleming wrote the original novel. In addition, the film was produced by Cubby Broccoli, co-written by YOLT scribe Roald Dahl, and featured Bond stars Gert Fröbe and Desmond Llewellyn.

My favorite quote from the article is

It was bought by Florida resident Ralph Spencer, who already owns a Batmobile.

Come on! “Already owns a Batmobile” is a classic!

“Props” to David Zaritsky

Posted in Collectibles on May 27, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Memorabilia collector David Zaritsky was kind enough to invite me to a Bond fan party at his home yesterday. First of all, what a home! A beautiful, spacious house with high ceilings, lots of light and space, and lovely furnishings.

But for a Bond fan, the highlight of the home is the basement, where David’s lavish collection of props, mementos, posters, and reproductions boggles the mind. Most of the props are reproductions (like his Thunderball “rebreather”) or acquisitions of like productions (for example, he has the exact sunglasses and perfume worn by Eva Green as Vesper Lynd). Some are actual on-screen props or costumes. The collection is beautifully laid out, each movie having a little section, with wall mounting and a shelf (or more). For example, here is a great shot of the FRWL display; with a poster, a reproduction of the magnificent trick shoe, a lamp as used on the Orient Express set, a reproduction of Tanya’s compact, complete with her map of the Russian embassy, a repro of the photo that Bond signs (“From Russia, With Love”) and more.

Two items thrilled me. First and best, a fabulous reproduction of the golden gun from TMWTGG. These are almost impossible to find, and this one works perfectly. I even put it together myself.

The second was a jar of Zukovsky caviar. This was a real prop, not a reproduction. This sort of thing blows my mind; that I didn’t even realize that the movie showed caviar jars with Robbie Coltraine’s image on them. These tiny, minor details; you think to yourself, “Why do they do it?” because after all, you never notice such things when you see the movie. Thing is, on a subliminal level, you do notice. Movies without these sort of detailed props look hollow somehow. You can’t put your finger on it, but they just don’t have flesh. And every outrageous stunt, every unbelievable plot device, is supported and made more believable by a beautifully-constructed mis en scene. The caviar jar was like the quintessence of that for me.

Anyway, it’s not just about the fabulous props, the beautiful setting, the amazing action figures, the signed posters, and the extraordinary costumes on display. It’s mostly about the people; how much fun we all have meeting each other, discussing the trivial, delighting in the gorgeously unimportant. David, like I said, is a terrific and warm host. The other collectors were all equally interesting and entertaining. It was a great day. I wish I could have stayed longer.

Clapperboard from TSWLM to Sell

Posted in Collectibles on May 21, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

This is a great story for collectible enthusiasts:

A clapperboard used during the filming of James Bond’s The Spy Who Loved Me, starring Roger Moor and released in 1977, is expected to sell for between £10,000-12,000 in the regular quarterly sale of Music and Film Entertainment Memorabilia at Cameo Auctioneers, Berkshire and online at on June 5th, 2007.

You know, I’m not a mad collector, but how much would I love this?