Anders Frejdh shares his thoughts and advice on collecting Bond memorabilia.
When and how did you first get bitten by the Bond bug?
In the mid 1980’s when I saw The Spy Who Loved Me on VHS. Sadly none of my parents were interested in going much to the cinema. (The first Bond item I ever bought was the Swedish serialisation of A View To A Kill locally titled “Levande måltavla”.)
What’s your favourite item in your collection and why?
Impossible question to answer as there are too many to choose from (I’ve got over 5,000 items in my collection) and each one brings a personal memory from obtaining it. But the Ninja star from You Only Live Twice is probably one of them. And naturally the first editions of Ian Fleming’s Bond novels that I’ve afforded to date.
What item would you most like to add?
The Aston Martin DB5 recently sold at auction for £2.6 million without doubt. Although it most likely will remain as a dream!
What’s your biggest obstacle to collecting, or is there a tip you’d like to share?
I found people selling unlicensed replicas of props (or any kind of unlicensed stuff for that matter) rather sad. And totally without any interest for me personally as it’s only a poor excuse to cash in on someone else’s property. My advice is simple, NEVER buy anything from someone that is not 100% trustworthy.
Amazed to see the on-line interest for all things James Bond keep flourish after more than 60 years in literary form and 50+ years on the big screen. 007 is evidently still the highest number in showbiz!
Where can people find you?
Either via the From Sweden with Love website or any of its social media channels (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter) which you can find if you search for @JamesBond007se.