A pistol held by Sir Sean Connery on one of the posters used to promote From Russia With Love has sold for $415,875 (£277,250) at auction, setting a world record for a James Bond gun.

An anonymous bidder paid more than 10 times the estimated $22,500-$30,000 (£15,000-£20,000) which the Walther air pistol was expected to fetch at Christie's London auction house..

The Bond franchise has stood the test of time.

Connery only held the gun as 007 for the publicity shots for the 1963 film after a crew member forgot to bring the secret agent's weapon of choice - a Walther Ppk semi-automatic. The gun actually belonged to the photographer.

A spokesperson for the auction house says, "The Bond franchise has stood the test of time."