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.

The Bond franchise has stood the test of time.

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..

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."





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