James Bond’s Walther LP Model 53 To Be Auctioned

The Walther LP Model 53 4.5mm airgun that was pictured in the posters and promotional material of of Sean Connery’s second James Bond film, From Russia with Love, and also  in promotional material for some of his subsequent Bond films, is going up for auction. It is expected to sell for $200,000 to $300,000.

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The story of how the air pistol came to be used in the photo shoot  is interesting …

This 4.5 mm. Walther air pistol, LP Model 53, serial number 054159, was first used by Sean Connery for the promotion of his second “James Bond” film,From Russia with Love. Publicist Tom Carlile arranged a series of poses with photographer David Hurn to shoot an iconic portrait of Connery as “James Bond 007” with his Walther pistol which was to be used as the primary image for the film’s poster art and advertising/marketing campaign. When Connery arrived at the photo studio, together with Tom Carlile and representatives from United Artists, it was discovered that no one had brought “007’s” Walther semi-automatic pistol. By chance, photographer Hurn practiced air pistol target shooting as a hobby and he used a Walther. It was decided between Carlile and Hurn, without telling Connery or the other representatives from United Artists, that they would use his air pistol for the photographs and if anyone were to bring it up that the Walther name on the gun would reassure them. In theory, the long barrel of the air pistol should have been removed by airbrushing during the design of the actual poster, but, for reasons unknown, it was never done.

As far as guns to pair with a tux go, this was probably a good choice. The long sleek barrel makes with gun look both elegant and sexy in my opinion. I had always assumed that it was some sort of long range dart gun, like the type the CIA once used, not a small caliber air pistol.

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Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Old_NFO

    Hellva back story! 🙂

  • Samuel Suggs

    I thought it was a prop gun mockup of a dart pistol. however I’ve heard many “alternative” takes on the subject in my travels, including an anti-gun article that used it as an evidence when they ran out of fake statistics and decided to dedicate a section to the whole “it’s a dick” cliché of anti-gun policy propaganda. So the whole “it’s actually the photographers air pistol” thing certainly damages that claim not that the drivel had any factual support before. anyway heres some viva james bond promtional artwork it scales up to full poster size. I can post pictures of every james bond weapon evar if everyones ok with that anyway tell me what you think i will be posting the AR-7 used in russia with love

    • Samuel Suggs

      I think this gun goes well with the ar-7 used in the film long barrel and all that theres an amazing amount of photos of it I think the prop house they had for the films had like 20 of them in different configurations as they where orginally going to go for a wood stocked version for the Q’s “Sniper Rifle” prop but insted with the brown plastic version becuase apperantly that was more sniperish also theirs one mocked up like a submachinegun in their. so who knows? well the people at this forum appperntly the amount of data, images and mockups their is mindblowing http://www.ajb007.co.uk/search/2055561743/ anyway so here goes. complementary Supergirl (:

  • Michael Mabey

    Dear Santa. This year for Cristmas I would like

  • Lance

    I would also like to see his PPK for sale. or better Timothy Dalton’s Ghetto Blaster from “Living Daylights” for sale LOL.

    • Samuel Suggs

      ah the ghetto blaster irritating poltical implications and face melting awsome all at the same time. ah the memories

      • SP mclaughlin

        Boom box!

  • Samuel Suggs

    heres a link to an article about the pistols of the James Bond frachise its interesting if not exactly comprehensive http://www.originalprop.com/blog/2008/04/20/the-side-arms-of-james-bond-007-from-the-walther-ppk-to-the-p99/

  • Samuel Suggs

    wait I thought this gun was allready sold bye Christes auction house in 2010 for 437,501 American dollars if this is in fact a resale of the same gun, then why is the Art Fact auction house only exspecting 200,000-300,000 american dollars and why is it being sold without the case seen in the Christies auction. If these are two seprate guns both “held bye Sean Connery” then how dose that fit with the photo shoot mix up resulting in the subsitution of an air pistol story? at any rate the Christies auction lisitng can be seen here http://www.christies.com//lotfinder/lot_details.aspx?pos=2&intObjectID=5374940&sid=

  • Samuel Suggs

    In “The Man with the Golden Gun” the titular Golden gun fires 4.2 mm bullets we won’t go into what it’s actually loaded with in the movie, but the metric designation for .177 air gun pellets is 4.5 millimeters like the Walther model 53. To be honest I doubt the possibility of a connection between the two even though they are similar looking pistols because of the blatant ignorance of all firearms related topics demonstrated in both From Russia With Love and in the more blatantly anti-gun The Man with the Golden Gun which touches on allot of firearms related topics like wildcatting cartridges and making guns for amputees of all things but then it portrays them as dastardly and somehow definitely evil. Like when we go to visit the *gasp* gun smith who made the titular golden bullets and he’s in a hidden chamber underneath the streets of Macau china making *gasp* rifles but not just any rifles, rifles specifically designed for “three fingered hooligans” who also must be hit men apparently whining aside I kinda like some of the bond films if only because they dedicate their entire length to actually telling a story and not fulfilling hyper realistic clichés

  • michael delaney

    the gun is being offered as it was sold at christies with its custom fitted walther case..

    • Samuel Suggs

      no a gun with an identical description was sold bye christies in 2010 I commented on it above no picture though good idea though (:

      • michael delaney

        samuel: i just read the auction decription it is in fact the same gun that was offered at christies .. same serial # and all… last sale an amazing $ 437,000 wow

        from christies catalog:

        A Walther air pistol held by Sean Connery as James Bond in the photo-shoot used for the main image in the poster and advertising campaign for the 1963 United Artists/Eon film From Russia With Love; the air pistol, a .177 (4.5mm) Walther ‘LP MOD.53’ Air Pistol, Serial No. 054159,

        from current auction artfact/profiles catalog:

        “James Bond’s” Walther gun, as used by Sean Connery in publicity shots for four “James Bond” films. This 4.5 mm. Walther air pistol, LP Model 53, serial number 054159, was first used by Sean Connery for the promotion of his second “James Bond” film, From Russia with Love. The gun features a 24 cm. barrel and blackened finish; comes with its original close-fitted Walther presentation case as well as a signed letter of provenance from photographer David Hurn. This gun sold at Christie’s London in 2010 for a world record $437,000

        • Samuel Suggs

          good job why the the double posting?

          • michael delaney

            My error, I got up from computer thought I had saved it but hit send instead.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    An interesting vignette about the intersection between the world of firearms and the world of film….either way, that Walther’s value as memorabilia is significant.

    Looking again at that poster for “From Russia With Love” with the classically-beautiful Bond women ( it brings back many fond memories ), I’m not surprised 007 had that eternal smirk on his visage :).

    • Samuel Suggs

      not if your Daniel Craig the non bond bond I mean the films are “OK” but they are not bond films. this guys life is closer than any of those films just because of the hilariouse missles

  • michael delaney

    samuel: i just read the auction decription it is in fact the same gun that was offered at christies .. same serial # and all… last sale an amazing $ 437,000 wow

    from christies catalog:

    A Walther air pistol held by Sean Connery as James Bond in the photo-shoot used for the main image in the poster and advertising campaign for the 1963 United Artists/Eon film From Russia With Love; the air pistol, a .177 (4.5mm) Walther ‘LP MOD.53’ Air Pistol, Serial No. 054159,

    from current auction artfact/profiles catalog:

    “James Bond’s” Walther gun, as used by Sean Connery in publicity shots for four “James Bond” films. This 4.5 mm. Walther air pistol, LP Model 53, serial number 054159, was first used by Sean Connery for the promotion of his second “James Bond” film, From Russia with Love. The gun features a 24 cm. barrel and blackened finish; comes with its original close-fitted Walther presentation case as well as a signed letter of provenance from photographer David Hurn. This gun sold at Christie’s London in 2010 for a world record $437,000

    • Samuel Suggs

      good job I didnt think to math the serial numbers

  • Babul Banarsi

    No doubt 007 was always shown with ” Revolver ” but come to know that it was an Airgun, shocking but interesting that a poster can change the idea of 007.

  • john

    I have one just like it except my serial number is 025737