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The Steve Oxenrider James Bond Collection Part 1, 16th – 17th November, at Ewbanks

  • November 19, 2023
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The Steve Oxenrider James Bond Collection Part 1, 16th – 17th November, at Ewbanks

Steve Oxenrider is a retired educator, life-long James Bond film fan and collector, and freelance writer who has contributed to many Bond books and publications, as well as being credited on the supplementary features for several of the DVDs.

Now he has shipped his fabulous collection of 007 rarities across the Atlantic from the USA to Ewbank’s in Surrey for a two-part sales series in November 2023 and Spring 2024. Together they are expected to fetch between £500,000 and £1 million.

Rare original posters for some of the earliest films in the Bond franchise lead the highlights in the first two-day sale on November 16 and 17, which is expected to fetch up to £300,000. 

Heading the list of highlights are British Quad (30 x 40in) posters for Dr No (1962), the film that launched the series, with illustration by Mitchell Hooks, and for Thunderball (1965), the design featuring two panels of poster illustration on the left by Frank McCarthy and two on the right by Robert McGinnis. This poster was designed to be cut into four pieces and very few examples (complete or otherwise) have survived. Each of the two posters is estimated at £12,000-15,000.

Beyond the posters, Steve Oxenrider also specialised in collecting material linked to the films’ premieres, including tickets, brochures, as well as numerous lobby cards used to promote films within the cinemas themselves.

One of the most important examples in his collection is the Thunderball (1965) Gala Charity Premiere brochure from Wednesday 29th December 1965, signed to the inside by Luciana Paluzzi, who played SPECTRE assassin Fiona Volpe in the film. It should sell for £700-1,000.

Oxenrider also secured premier brochures for other films in the franchise.

A Royal World Premiere brochure for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) at the Odeon, Leicester Square on Thursday 18th December 1969, should take £400-600, the same estimate for the Gala Scottish Premiere brochure for Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh January 14th, 1972, for Diamonds Are Forever (1971).

“We have been holding dedicated James Bond auctions for years now, but this collection is on an entirely new level,” says Ewbank’s partner and Head of Entertainment Memorabilia, Alastair McCrea. “We take it as a compliment at Ewbank’s that Steve has chosen to send the collection to us in the UK to offer it auction, rather than keep it in the US.

A British Double Crown Advance Style, a film poster for From Russia with Love (1964). Estimate £6,000-8,000.

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Thunderball (1965) Gala Charity Premiere brochure from Wednesday 29th December 1965, signed to the inside by Luciana Paluzzi, who played SPECTRE assassin Fiona Volpe in the film. Estimate £700-1,000.

British Quad (30 x 40in) posters for Dr No (1962), the film that launched the series. Estimate £12,000-15,000.

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