Bond's 50th birthday

It's 50 years to the day since 007 first appeared on the silver screen.

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Bond's pants fetch a fortune

The swimming trunks worn by Daniel Craig in Bond film Casino Royal have fetched more than £40 000 pounds at a London auction.

The pale blue La Perla shorts were on sale at Christie's Auction House with a guide price of £3000 to £5000, but bids started at £10 000.

Dame Judi Dench, who has played M in recent Bond films, was at the sale and promised bidders that the item was 'unwashed'.

The charity sake marked ten years since Bond hit the big screen. Other big ticket items include the Aston Martin from Quantum of Solace which fetched more than £2041 000 for charity.


Adele's bond theme tops iTunes chart

Adele is hotly tipped to take the "Skyfall" theme to Number One. Credit: Danny Moloshok, Reuters.

Adele's theme for the new Bond film "Skyfall" has shot to the top of the iTunes chart within hours of its release.

The track has displaced Rihanna's "Diamonds" from the top spot, after being released at 0:07 this morning.

The Tottenham-born singer is hotly tipped to become the first artist to get an official Number One with a bond film theme.

Connery to Craig - all 23 Bond films feature in Christie's auction

From Daniel Craig's swimming trunks to Pierce Brosnan's boots - costumes, props and posters from all 23 James Bond films are going under the hammer at Christie's later.

The auction features at least one item from every film from "Dr No", which first screened 50 years ago today, to the upcoming movie "Skyfall".

All of the proceeds from the auction will go to charity.

A pair of swimming trunks worn by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. Estimate: £3,000 to £5,000. Credit: ITN
A post-production 1/3 scale replica miniature model of the Aston Martin DB5 used in Skyfall. Credit: ITN
A denim cocktail dress and jacket worn by a waitress and waiter in Tomorrow Never Dies. Credit: ITN
A collection of prop poker chips from Casino Royale. Credit: ITN
A highly detailed scale model of the space shuttle Moonraker. Credit: ITN
Original concept artwork by set and special effects designers. Credit: ITN
A clapperboard used during the filming of GoldenEye. Credit: ITN
A prop underwater backpack worn by an Atlantis guard in The Spy Who Loved Me. Credit: ITN


Bond memorabilia to go under the hammer

It's 50 years to the day since 007, the spy with a licence to kill, first appeared on the silver screen in "Dr No".

To mark the occasion, London auction house Christie's is hosting a sale of James Bond memorabilia, including items from the archives of film company EON Productions and some items donated by cast members themselves.

The lots are expected to fetch between £1,000 and £100,000 when they go under the hammer tonight.

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