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A Beautiful 18th Century Flintlock Pistol of the Mediterranean
Finely carved walnut stock, a stunning quality barrel of beautiful Damascus twist steel, with fancy chisseling and inlaid with elaborate gold-copper alloy, and a lozenge shaped armourer's mark. Brass long eared buttcap, traditional early banana shaped lock. An Italianate style flintlock, made in the area of the Mediterranean, used throughout Europe in the 18th and early 19th century in the Napoleonic Wars and throughout the Ottoman Empire. This is exactly the type of flintlock one sees, and in fact expects to see, in all the old Hollywood 'Pirate' films. A beautifully sprauncy sidearm, very highly decorated. This is an original, honest and impressive antique flintlock that rekindles the little boy in all of us who once dreamt of being Errol Flynn, Swash-Buckling across the Spanish Maine under the Jolly Roger. This super piece may very well have seen service with one of the old Corsairs of the Barbary Coast, in a tall masted Galleon, slipping it's way down the coast of the Americas, to find it's way home to Port Royal, or some other nefarious port of call in the Caribbean. It is exactly the very form of weapon that was in use in the days of the Caribbean pirates and privateers, as their were no regular patterns of course.The flintlock action works fine [when removed] but the trigger doesn't connect correctly. Old comtemporary field stock repair.

Code: 22643Price: 1295.00 GBP


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Queen Anne Style King George IIIrd Boxlock Breech Loading Flintlock Pistol
Silver inlaid walnut stock, made by London gunsmith by Hayward and Goodwin. Makers from 1803 to 1807. Just returned from our gunsmiths after being professionally serviced and cleaned with no expense spared, but to maintain all it original steel surface patination. One of the more interesting aspects common among these pistols is that the doghead was centered internally on the pistol in a fashion similar to hammers on today's pistols. (That is the action was mounted internally instead of one of the sides of the pistol.) This type of design is known as a "box lock". The box lock was more difficult to manufacture than a typical side mounted flintlock and tended to be more expensive to produce. It was common among many small pistols but not as common among larger pistols or muskets, but some examples of box lock muskets do exist. As with all our antique guns no license is required as they are all unrestricted antique collectables

Code: 22642Price: 875.00 GBP


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A Scarce And Very Good Original German SS Dagger Vertical Belt Hanger
A very good example, and perfect to upgrade an early 1933 SS dagger. All the leather is excellent and supple, superb rivets with fine natural age paternation and good buckle. Tight spring to the spring clip. With two rather worn RZM and SS stamp circles under the dagger grip middle. We would judge it almost impossible to find a better example in such good leather condition. It also has a beautiful, very slight and subtle, naturally aged leather aroma. An SS dagger meant to be worn by all ranks of the SS was introduced in 1933. This dagger was very similar to the SA style. The construction of the SS dagger consisted of black handles with an SS sigrunen rune symbol insert located just below the pommel. In addition, a small eagle holding a swastika was placed on the centre of the handle.

Initially, production of the dagger was not under RZM control. It was not until 1934 that the RZM started overseeing production of the dagger, and production stopped in 1940. The SS dagger was presented to it's owner only at the special 9th of November ceremony when he graduated from SS Anwarter to SS-Mann. They were never issued at any other time.

The SS dagger is one of the most desirable daggers to obtain by a collector. It is also a difficult one to find a fine one these days, especially with it's rare vertical hanger which is a most valuable collectors piece in it's own right. The vertical hanger was initially designed for service in crowd control, and it's general practice of issue was stopped in 1936. In a National Socialist context, the phrase Meine Ehre heißt Treue refers to a declaration by Adolf Hitler following the Stennes Revolt, an incident between the Berlin Sturmabteilung (SA) and the SS. In early April 1931, elements of the SA under Walter Stennes attempted to overthrow the head of the Berlin section of the NSDAP (Nazi Party). As the section chief, Joseph Goebbels, fled with his staff, a handful of SS under Kurt Daluege were beaten trying to repel the SA. After the incident, Hitler wrote a letter of congratulations to Daluege, stating … SS-Mann, deine Ehre heißt Treue! ("Man of the SS, your honour is loyalty"). Soon afterwards, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, made the modified version of this sentence the official motto of the organisation. The Schutzstaffel translated to Protection Squadron or defence corps, abbreviated SS—was a major paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party (NSDAP). It began in 1923 as a small, permanent guard unit known as the "Saal-Schutz" made up of NSDAP volunteers to provide security for Nazi Party meetings in Munich. Later, in 1925, Heinrich Himmler joined the unit, which had by then been reformed and renamed the "Schutz-Staffel". Under Himmler's leadership (1929–45), it grew from a small paramilitary formation to one of the largest and most powerful organizations in the Third Reich. Hitler's faithful leader of the SA Storm troopers, and until his execution, Himmlers superior and thus leader of Himmler's SS as well. Due to the alleged conspiracy against Hitler by Rohm, that was simply invented by the psychotic Henrich Himmler, leader of the SS. Rohm, alongside his senior General staff, were executed in a classic putsch, in an event known as 'The Night of the Long Knives'. We show three pictures in the gallery, one of the dagger worn on this form of hanger by a senior SS officer in 1934, a verticle hanger patent plan from Berlin 1934, and a dagger fitted in it's identical hanger.

Code: 22641Price: 425.00 GBP


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A Simply Stunning Napoleonic 'Year 13' French Cuirassier Sword
Superb and beautiful hilt, with very fine original leather bound grip, and a very fine double fullered blade with stunning bright patina. Steel combat scabbard without denting. French Napoleonic 'An 13' [year 13] swords were manufactured from 1805 and discontinued in late 1815, whereupon it was superceded in general by the later hilt style of the 1816 model, although some of the surviving earlier models continued in service. Renown throughout the world of historic sword collectors as probably the biggest and most impressive cavalry sword ever designed. This would have seen service in the Elite Cuirassiers of Napoleon's great heavy cavalry regiments of the Grande Armee such as in 1807 at Friedland. And in the French invasion of Russia ( Campagne de Russie) that began on 24 June 1812 when Napoleon's Grande Armée crossed the Neman River in an attempt to engage and defeat the Russian army. Napoleon hoped to compel Tsar Alexander I of Russia to cease trading with British merchants through proxies in an effort to pressure the United Kingdom to sue for peace. The official political aim of the campaign was to liberate Poland from the threat of Russia. Napoleon named the campaign the Second Polish War to curry favour with the Poles and provide a political pretence for his actions. The Grande Armée was a very large force, numbering nearly half a million men from several different nations. Through a series of long marches Napoleon pushed the army rapidly through Western Russia in an attempt to bring the Russian army to battle, winning a number of minor engagements and a major battle at Smolensk in August. Napoleon hoped the battle would mean an end of the march into Russia, but the Russian army slipped away from the engagement and continued to retreat into Russia, while leaving Smolensk to burn. Plans Napoleon had made to quarter at Smolensk were abandoned, and he pressed his army on after the Russians. The battles continued, but once the winter set in Napoleon's army was facing unsurmountable odds that left it effectively shattered beyond repair. Napoleon fled, it is said, dressed as a woman, and the army left to it's sad and miserable fate. Only around 27,000 were able to return after a mere six months of the Russian campaign. The campaign was a turning point in the Napoleonic Wars. The reputation of Napoleon was severely shaken, and French hegemony in Europe was dramatically weakened. The Grande Armée, made up of French and allied invasion forces, was reduced to a fraction of its initial strength. These events triggered a major shift in European politics. France's ally Prussia, soon followed by Austria, broke their alliance with France and switched camps. This triggered the War of the Sixth Coalition. The Cuirassiers Heavy Cavalry Regiments used the largest men in France, recruited to serve in the greatest and noblest cavalry France has ever had. They fought with distinction at their last great conflict at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, and most of the Cuirassiers swords in England very likely came from that field of conflict, after the battle, as trophies of war. However, this sword was one of the few that were allowed to remain in the elite cuirassier corps after Waterloo, serving King Loius XVIIIth both before Napoleon's 100 days, and after his crushing defeat by Wellington at Waterloo. In fact one can see it has been issued, re-issued and even re-inspected by Capt. Louis Balaran, at least four times with numerous serial numbers and inspection stamps stamped and struck out, [including a scarcely seen B stamped scabbard throat] within its working life up from 1805 up to the 1830's. Every warrior that has ever entered service for his country sought trophies. The Mycenae from a fallen Trojan, the Roman from a fallen Gaul, the GI from a fallen Japanese, the tradition stretches back thousands of years, and will continue as long as man serves his country in battle. In the 1st century AD the Roman Poet Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis [Juvenal]
wrote; "Man thirsts more for glory than virtue. The armour of an enemy, his broken helmet, the flag ripped from a conquered trireme, are treasures valued beyond all human riches. It is to obtain these tokens of glory that Generals, be they Roman, Greek or barbarian, brave a thousand perils
and endure a thousand exertions". A truly magnificent Napoleonic sword in superb condition for it's age.
The largest sword of it's kind that was ever made or used by the world's greatest cavalry regiments. The cuirassiers were the greatest of all France's cavalry, allowing only the strongest men of over 6 feet in height into it's ranks. The French Cuirassiers were at their very peak in 1815, and never again regained the wonder and glory that they truly deserved at that time. To face a regiment of, say, 600 charging steeds bearing down upon you mounted with armoured giants, brandishing the mightiest of swords that could pierce the strongest breast armour, much have been, quite simply, terrifying. The brass basket guard on this sword is first class, the grip is totally original leather and a great colour
only shows expected combat wear, the blade is double fullered and absolutely as crisp as one could hope for. Made in the Napoleonic Wars period.
Just a basic few of the battles this would have been used at such as Friedland in 1807, in 1812 and beyond 1812: Borodino and Moscow, Ostrowno, and Winkowo 1813: Reichenbach and Dresden, Leipzig and Hanau
1814: La Rothiere, Rosnay, Champaubert, Vauchamps, Athies, La Fere-Champenoise and Paris
1815: Quatre-Bras and Waterloo. The blade has fabulous steel bright colour, and hilt has fabulous patina. Overall 45.75 inches long in its scabbard, the spear pointed blade is 37.5 inches long. Just old aged staining to the scabbard steel.

Code: 22640Price: 2250.00 GBP


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An Early Napoleonic French Hussar Officer's Sword Circa 1801
Carved horn hilt plates held by twin rivets with heads of rosettes, copper bronze quillons and multi fullered blade with full French typical Napoleonic engraving. Modelled on the Mamalukes of the Egyptian campaign. After Napoleon's Egypt Campaign that ended in 1801 many Napoleonic officer's adopted the so-called oriental mounted swords captured from the Egyptian Marmalukes that eventually became part of Napoleon's Imperial Garde. These swords, in their turn, were captured by the British and similarly adopted as a form of highly favoured officers sword. In fact the mamaluke sabre became the British General's pattern sword that is still in use today. Several of these swords were part of a Sotheby's Napoleonic Wars auction in Monaco in 1990, titled "Belles Armes Anciennes Casques et Objects Militaires". In 1803, the Mamluks were organized into a company attached to the Chasseurs a Cheval of the Imperial Guard.

It was created as the hussards Colonel Général on 31 July 1783 for the Duke of Chartres, by taking one squadron from each of the Bercheny, Chamborant, Conflans and Esterhazy regiments of hussars. On 30 May 1788 it was reinforced by a contingent of soldiers taken from the régiment de Quercy, régiment de Septimanie, régiment de Nassau, régiment de La Marck, régiment de Franche-Comté and régiment des Évéchés, all then cavalry units.

The hussars played a prominent role as cavalry in the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815). As light cavalrymen mounted on fast horses, they would be used to fight skirmish battles and for scouting. Most of the great European powers raised hussar regiments. The armies of France, Austria, Prussia, and Russia had included hussar regiments since the mid-18th century. In the case of Britain, four light dragoon regiments were converted to hussars in 1806–1807.

Hussars gained notoriety in the Grande Armée after the invasion of Egypt. At the Battle of Salalieh in August 1798, brigade commander Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle fought "like a demon" and solidified his reputation as a maverick rider upon returning to France and receiving Weapons of Honour. At the ceremony (in a remark often mistakenly attributed to Napoleon), Lasalle quipped "Any hussar who isn't dead at age 30 is a layabout." The hussars of Napoleon's army created the tradition of sabrage, the opening of a champagne bottle with a sabre. Moustaches were universally worn by Napoleonic period hussars, the British hussars were the only moustachioed troops in the British Army — leading to occasional taunts of "foreigner" from their brothers-in-arms. French hussars also wore cadenettes, braids of hair hanging to either side of the face, until the practice was officially proscribed when shorter hair became universal.

The uniforms worn by Napoleonic hussars were unique to each regiment but all featured the dolman – a colourful, braided stable jacket – and the pelisse, a short fur-edged jacket which was often worn slung over one shoulder in the style of a cape and fastened with a cord. This garment was extensively adorned with braiding (often gold or silver for officers) and several rows of multiple buttons.. The Napoleonic period was an extremely complicated time. Moral right and wrong are hard to distinguish: Napoleon was a dictator, but not a particularly evil one. He encouraged many developments we today consider quite positive. The Napoleonic Wars were instigated by France, but each nation fought to protect and expand its own national interest. The wars were punctuated by constantly shifting alliances. Sometimes Prussia fought France, and sometimes it was neutral. Austria, led by the crafty Metternich, tried to improve relations with France towards the end the Napoleonic era. Russia initially opposed Napoleon, then sided with him, and then turned against him again. The only constant through the fifteen years of Napoleon's rule was the continued enmity between England and France. Napoleon—and Hitler—are famously known to have met with the reversal of their fortunes through invading Russia. Yet, in both cases, the wealth and resources of the British played a major role in their downfall. Despite Britain’s comparatively small population and territorial base, it alone among European countries was able to fight Napoleon nonstop (except for the short Peace of Amiens from 1802-1803, Britain was at war with France from 1793-1815 while other states alternated between war, peace, and alliance with France). No scabbard, overall signs of combat wear and aging to all parts, but a great, original and honest piece of Napoleonic Wars historical weaponry

Code: 22639Price: 995.00 GBP


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A Good Waterloo Brown Bess Bayonet of the 33rd Foot, Wellington's Regiment
The regiment that fought in India against Tipu Sultan under Wellington, and at both Quatre Bras and Waterloo. Very good condition, maker marked and ordnance stamped. Regimentally marked for the regiment and 'C' company. It was designated the 33rd the Ist West Riding Regiment, but it was later called the 33rd the Duke of Wellington's Foot. In 1793 Arthur Wesley, the third son of the Earl of Mornington and future Duke of Wellington, purchased a commission in the 33rd as a Major. A few months later, in September, his brother lent him more money and with it he purchased a lieutenant-colonelcy in the 33rd. In September 1794, Wellesley experienced his first battle, against the French, at the Battle of Boxtel with the 33rd. His promotion to colonel, on 3 May 1796, came by seniority, and in June he was sent with the 33rd to India. In 1799 he fought in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War, commanding three victorious actions with the British East India Company.

In 1800, whilst serving as Governor of Mysore, Wellesley was tasked with putting down an insurgency led by Dhoondiah Waugh, formerly a Patan trooper for Tipu Sultan. After the fall of Seringapatam he became a powerful brigand, having raised a sizeable force composed of disbanded Mysore soldiers, raiding villages along the Maratha–Mysore border region, captured small outposts and forts in Mysore, and was receiving the support of several Maratha killedars opposed to British occupation. This drew the attention of the British administration, his threats to destabilise British authority increased. Given independent command of a combined East India Company and British Army force, Wellesley campaigned to destroy Waugh in June 1800, with an army of 8,000 infantry and cavalry, having learned that Waugh's forces numbered over 50,000, although the majority (around 30,000) were irregular light cavalry and unlikely to pose a serious threat to British infantry and artillery. Throughout June–August 1800, Wellesley advanced through Waugh's territory, his troops escalading forts in turn and capturing each one with "trifling loss". Dhoondiah continued to retreat, but his forces were rapidly deserting, he had no infantry and due to the monsoon weather flooding river crossings he could no longer outpace the British advance. On 10 September, at the Battle of Conaghul, Wellesley personally led a charge of 1,400 British dragoons and Indian cavalry, in single line with no reserve, against Dhoondiah and his remaining 5,000 cavalry. Dhoondiah was killed during the clash, his body was discovered and taken to the British camp tied to a cannon. With this victory Wellesley's campaign was concluded, British authority had been restored.

After winning the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War, and serving as governor of Seringapatam and Mysore, Wellesley was promoted to major-general on 29 April 1802, although he did not receive the news until September. Whilst in India he wrote of his regiment "I have commanded them for nearly ten years during which I have scarcely been away from them and I have always found them to be the quietest and best behaved body of men in the army."

Wellesley gained further success in India during the Second Anglo-Maratha War of 1803–05, and in 1806 Wellesley succeeded the Marquis Cornwallis as Colonel of the 33rd, which he held until 1813.
Upon Napoleon's return to France in 1815 the regiment was again under the command of the Duke of Wellington, this time during the Hundred Days campaign of Napoleon. Having taken part in the action of the previous day, at the Battle of Quatre Bras, they took part in the action at Waterloo; the 33rd was part of the 5th Brigade under the command of Major General Sir Colin Halkett. Bayonet made by Harper & Co. recorded English bayonet makers between 1750-1810

Code: 22638Price: 1175.00 GBP


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American Civil War Sergeant's Sword by Ames Manufacturing Co. Mass.
An exceptional sword in superb condition, with original bright full polish blade including its factory cross polish at the forte, and to have its leather and brass frog mounted scabbard is incredibly rare, in many respects it may be impossible to improve upon this sword. This sword cannot be compared to most of the run of the mill US Civil War surviving swords of this type [that are now pretty few]. The sword stamped and inspected by US Civil War inspectors, John Hannis and A.D.King, [stampings ADK & JH] on the scabbard blade and hilt, and it bears the manufacturers mark of Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee Mass, and date 1864.The primary contractor for the production of the M1840 NCO sword seems to have been the Ames Manufacturing Company. During the American Civil War multiple companies were contracted by the U.S. government to manufacture edged weapons alongside Ames. Two of these companies, Emerson and Silver and Christopher Roby, manufactured M1840 NCO swords. The weapon was made with a blunt edge as it was intended for stabbing rather than slashing (as in the case of a curved cavalry sabre). It was the main weapon of standard bearers (along with the Colt Army Model 1860 and Colt 1851 navy revolver) and hospital stewards, as well as a secondary weapon for infantry NCOs. The sword was also used by the Confederates who captured many after seizing state arsenals. Small contemporary leather repair just above the chape.

Code: 22635Price: 995.00 GBP


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Very Scarce Dublin Castle Irish Light Dragoon Pistol of the Napoleonic Wars
This pistol has simply amazing aged patina, and shows without any doubt it has seen a lot of hand to hand mounted combat, possibly at Quatre Bras and Waterloo, but came through it relatively unscathed, with no serious damage at all, but with surface wear as to be expected. Very good and tight action, lock stamped with Crown GR and engraved at the tail Dublin Castle. Dublin Castle flintlocks are very rare now and a very highly prized, especially by the collectors of early Irish made weaponry. Very likely used by an Irish light dragoon trooper under Wellington's command, in such as the 18th the (King's Irish) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons, named for King George III, and they were redesignated as hussars in 1807. In fact, fellow Irishman Arthur Wesley [later the Duke of Wellington] was briefly a junior officer in this regiment between October 1792 and April 1793 and may well have commanded the trooper that used this pistol. The 18th Light Dragoons-Hussars fought with distinction from the Peninsular War, where they were Light Dragoons, through to the Battle of Waterloo by which time they had become Hussars.

The Regiment was formed in 1759 by the 6th Earl of Drogheda in Ireland. In 1808 it was one of four Light Dragoon regiments converted to Hussars.

They served with distinction in the retreat to Corunna, having disembarked at Lisbon on 1st September 1808. The regiment landed at Lisbon in July 1808 for service in the Peninsular War. It fought at the Battle of Sahagún in December 1808, at the Battle of Benavente later in December 1808 and at the Battle of Cacabelos in January 1809 before taking part in the Battle of Corunna and the subsequent return to England later that month.

The regiment was ordered to support Sir Arthur Wellesley's Army on the Iberian Peninsula and landed at Lisbon in February 1813. It saw action at the Battle of Morales in June 1813, the Siege of Burgos in September 1812 and the Battle of Vitoria in June 1813. It went on to fight at the Battle of Sorauren in July 1813 and, having advanced into France, at the Battle of the Nive in December 1813, at the Battle of Orthez in February 1814 and at the Battle of Toulouse in April 1814. It returned home in July 1814.

The regiment took part in the Hundred Days landing at Ostend in April 1815. It charged the centre of the French position at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. It then remained in France as part of the Army of Occupation brigaded with the 12th Royal Lancers under the overall command of Major-General Sir Hussey Vivian. It was disbanded in Ireland in 1821. They clashed with the French Cavalry many times at Valladolid and Benevente. However, the regiment had an unsavoury reputation for looting and drinking. ‘A’ Squadron of the 18th disgraced itself at Vitoria by looting the baggage rather than pursuing the French but the Regiment did well in the invasion of France, earning the Duke’s commendation for taking the bridge at Croix d’Orade.

On 16th June 1815 the 18th fought at Quatre Bras and on 18th June they fought at Waterloo.Led by Col Sir Henry Murray in the Battle of Quatre Bras (16 June 1815) before leading the retreat the following day. At the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815) he led the 18th Hussars as part of Sir Hussey Vivian's charge at the conclusion of the battle. The pistol has overall pitting to all steel surfaces. Reduced length wooden rammer

Code: 22634Price: 2950.00 GBP


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A Great and Iconic Original 'Dad's Army' Original Autograph Collage
Superbly framed with an old Certificate of Authenticity to the reverse. With of the original sale receipt attached to the reverse to show this set was initially acquired for £800 in 2005. Autographs of the main stars and writer, Jimmy Perry, with some dated, some are really early, such as Arnold Ridley from 1948. Arthur Lowe, John le Mesurier, Jimmy Perry, Arnold Ridley, Ian Lavender, John Laurie, Bill Pertwee, Clive Dunn, Frank Williams. Framed 25 inches x 25.5 inches under UV protective glass

Code: 22633Price: 435.00 GBP


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1st Edition James Bond, Man with the Golden Gun, by Ian Fleming
London: Jonathan Cape 1965. 1st Edition 1st Impression. Flemings 12th outing for Commander Bond. Minor spotting as to be expected. With dust jacket. Cover artist Richard Chopping (Jonathan Cape ed.). The Man with the Golden Gun is the twelfth novel (and thirteenth book) of Ian Fleming's James Bond series. It was first published by Jonathan Cape in the UK on 1 April 1965, eight months after the author's death. The novel was not as detailed or polished as the others in the series, leading to poor but polite reviews. Despite that, the book was a best-seller.

The story centres on the fictional British Secret Service operative James Bond, who had been posted missing, presumed dead, after his last mission in Japan. Bond returns to England via the Soviet Union, where he had been brainwashed to attempt to assassinate his superior, M. After being "cured" by the MI6 doctors, Bond is sent to the Caribbean to find and kill Francisco Scaramanga, the titular "Man with the Golden Gun".

The first draft and part of the editing process was completed before Fleming's death and the manuscript had passed through the hands of his copy editor, William Plomer, but it was not as polished as other Bond stories. Much of the detail contained in the previous novels was missing, as this was often added by Fleming in the second draft. Publishers Jonathan Cape passed the manuscript to Kingsley Amis for his thoughts and advice on the story, although his suggestions were not subsequently used.

The novel was serialised in 1965, firstly in the Daily Express and then in Playboy; in 1966 a daily comic strip adaptation was also published in the Daily Express. In 1974 the book was loosely adapted as the ninth film in the Eon Productions James Bond series, with Roger Moore playing Bond and Fleming's cousin, Christopher Lee, as Scaramanga.
The Man with the Golden Gun film was filmed in 1974 the ninth film entry in the James Bond series and the second to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. A loose adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel of the same name, the film has Bond sent after the Solex Agitator, a device that can harness the power of the sun, while facing the assassin Francisco Scaramanga, the "Man with the Golden Gun". The action culminates in a duel between them that settles the fate of the Solex.

The Man with the Golden Gun was the fourth and final film in the series directed by Guy Hamilton. The script was written by Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz. The film was set in the face of the 1973 energy crisis, a dominant theme in the script. Britain had still not yet fully overcome the crisis when the film was released in December 1974. The film also reflects the then popular martial arts film craze, with several kung fu scenes and a predominantly Asian location, being set and shot in Thailand, Hong Kong, and Macau. Part of the film is also set in Beirut, Lebanon, but it was not shot there. Ian Fleming wrote The Man with the Golden Gun at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica in January and February 1964, completing it by the beginning of March. His health affected him badly during the writing process and he dropped from his usual rate of two thousand words a morning to a little over an hour's worth of work a day.

As with his previous novels, Fleming used events from his past as elements in his novel. Whilst at Kitzbühel in the 1930s, Fleming's car, a Standard Tourer, had been struck by a train at a level crossing and he had been dragged fifty yards down the track. From that time on he had associated trains with death, which led to their use as a plot device not just in The Man with the Golden Gun, but also in Diamonds Are Forever and From Russia, with Love. To show just how much all things original Bond are appreciated in the world of collectors the Walther pistol used by Connery in the poster of From Russia With Love, in 1963, and also drawn in the man With The Golden Gun poster [as shown here] an air pistol, .177 (4.5mm) Walther 'LP MOD.53' Air Pistol, Serial No. 054159, was sold by Christies in 2010 with an estimate of £15,000 to £20,000 for an incredible £277,000. [We dropped out of the bidding at £22,000] Incredible in that it was never used in any film, was an air pistol not a real automatic, and only used in promotional posters. It was 'said' to have been used by accident in fact as they couldn't find a correct Walther PPK on the day of the photoshoot.

Code: 22632Price: 3450.00 GBP

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