Bonhams to auction original Thunderball screenplays in December

Knightsbridge auction house Bonhams is to run a sale of entertainment memorabilia on December 18th that includes a number of lots related to James Bond. Of particular interest to many collectors will be the original screenplays for Thunderball written by Jack Whittingham, the rights of which Danjaq/MGM has recently obtained from the heirs of Kevin McClory:

Lot 95: Ian Fleming: a copy memorandum to Jack Whittingham and copy first draft screen treatment titled James Bond of the Secret Service.

Lot 96: Jack Whittingham: a first draft continuity treatment by Jack Whittingham for James Bond of the Secret Service (1959).

Lot 97: Jack Whittingham: a first draft copy shooting script Longitude 78 West (circa December-February 1960).

Lot 98: Jack Whittingham: a final edition bound script for the first James Bond screenplay Thunderball (1960).

Lot 99: Thunderball premiere ‘souvenir’ programme given to Jack Whittingham.

Other items can be found on the Bonhams website and include a number of posters, a Goldfinger script, a kimono worn on set by Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice.

Thanks to From Sweden With Love for the tip via Twitter.

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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