Derby

Valuable James Bond posters stolen during burglary

Images of the stolen James Bond posters
Image caption The stolen posters date from 1967, 1964 and 1974

Police are trying to trace three valuable James Bond posters that were stolen during a burglary at a house.

The posters are originals from the 1960s and 1970s, and were used to advertise the films Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice and The Man with the Golden Gun.

They are worth several hundred pounds each, with the most valuable being an Italian poster for Goldfinger.

Image caption The Italian poster for Goldfinger dates from 1964, and its owners bought it at a Christie's auction nine years ago

Only one other item was stolen during the burglary in Breadsall, Derbyshire.

This suggests the home might have been targeted for the posters, although police say the thefts could have been opportunistic.

Image caption You Only Live Twice was the fifth James Bond film and was released in 1967

Det Sgt Claudia Musson from Derbyshire Police said: "We are keeping an open mind as to whether the home was targeted for these particular items.

"We would ask if anyone has been offered similar items for sale, or indeed have seen them suddenly appear on display in someone's house, that they contact us."

Image caption The Man with the Golden Gun was the second James Bond film to star Roger Moore and was released in 1974

The burglary happened on Rectory Lane in the village between 23:30 on 21 January and 08:30 GMT on 22 January.

Since then, police have tried to trace the posters through specialist dealers but have had no luck.

Why are the posters so valuable?

  • James Bond posters like these were an important method of advertising in the 1960s, when films were not promoted much on television
  • The posters would have been put in the foyers of cinemas, but most were torn down and destroyed because they were not thought to be of any value
  • As a result, surviving Bond posters can fetch hundreds or even thousands of pound each
  • Earlier posters - such as the Goldfinger one, from 1964 - are more likely to be worth more

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