Aston Martin will auction one of 10 DB10 cars made for James Bond movie SPECTRE along with 23 other Bond-related items for charity.
The car, which was specially built for SPECTRE, will be put up on February 18 with a minimum price of £1 million ($1.6 million).
It forms part of SPECTRE – The Auction, timed to coincide with the release of the 24th James Bond movie on DVD.
The car has a 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine and a top speed of 190 mph, but it cannot be driven on public roads.
Aston Martin has been associated with James Bond since 1964’s Goldfinger, which featured a DB5.
Most of the DB10s were modified for use in the filming of SPECTRE, but the DB10 offered at Christie’s auction house is one of only two “show” cars, which were left unmodified and used for display purposes.
SPECTRE is reported to have destroyed $36 million worth of cars during shooting.
The car up for auction has been signed by James Bond actor Daniel Craig.
Spectre has continued to top the North American box office in its second week of release.
The 24th James Bond movie, starring Daniel Craig, made $35.4 million between November 13 and 15, according to estimates.
The Peanuts Movie held firm at No 2, with takings of $24.2 million.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt drama By the Sea failed to make a splash, taking just $95,440 at 10 screens.
The European art house film stars the real-life couple as a husband and wife struggling to cope in the aftermath of a trauma. The movie was also directed by Angelina Jolie – her third time at the helm of a movie – and the actress also wrote the script.
By the Sea, which marks the first time Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have appeared together on the big screen since Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005, has been generally panned by critics.
Despite its poor takings, By the Sea’s limited release is thought unlikely to hurt its film company, Universal, too much since it was made for a relatively modest budget of $10 million.
Spectre‘s takings fell 50% in its second weekend, bringing its North American total to $130.7 million.
That is well behind the $161 million earned by its predecessor Skyfall over the same period.
The Peanuts Movie – the family-friendly adaptation of the beloved Charles Schulz comic strip, featuring Charlie Brown and Snoopy – saw its second weekend takings drop by 45%, bringing its total in the US to $82.5 million.
The rest of the top five saw Love the Coopers, an ensemble comedy about a family gathering starring Diane Keaton and Alan Arkin, enter the chart at number three with $8.4 million.
Old release The Martian dropped one place to No 4, while at number five was another new release, The 33.
The 33, based on the 2010 Chilean mining disaster, took $5.8 million from 2,452 theaters.
Spectre has entered the Guinness World Record books for featuring the largest film stunt explosion in cinema history.
The 24th James Bond movie stars Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux, along with producer Barbara Broccoli, were presented with an official certificate on November 9.
The official title holder is Oscar-winner Chris Corbould, who created the explosive scene for the movie.
The 7.5 second scene was shot in Morocco.
The blast used 68.47 tonnes of TNT equivalent and was the result of detonating 8,418 liters of kerosene with 33 kg of powder explosives.
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: “It is absolutely tremendous that the Guinness World Records have recognized Chris Corbould’s incredible work in Spectre.”
Guinness World Records editor-in-chief Craig Glenday added: “The James Bond movies are synonymous with pushing cinematic boundaries. The scene featuring the world’s largest film stunt explosion is spectacular and will live long in the memory as one of the outstanding moments in the Bond franchise.”
Chris Corbould won an Oscar for Inception in 2010.
Spectre is currently at the top of the North America and UK box offices, with earnings of $73 million in its opening weekend.
However, the movie failed to beat the performance of the last James Bond movie Skyfall in the US and Canada, which took $88.4 million in 2012.
Records were also set in Norway, the Netherlands, Finland and Denmark.
Daniel Craig has had knee surgery after an injury sustained while shooting scenes for new James Bond movie Spectre.
Eon Productions said Daniel Craig, 47, had had a “minor procedure” in New York during a break in production over Easter.
A spokeswoman denied reports Daniel Craig had missed several days of filming on the 24th James Bond movie.
“During a scheduled break, Daniel Craig had arthroscopic surgery to repair his knee injury. He will rejoin production on April 22nd at Pinewood,” she said.
Filming on Spectre began at Pinewood Studios, in Buckinghamshire, last December, and has since moved to Rome and Mexico.
It is Daniel Craig’s fourth outing as the secret service agent, and follows the success of 2012’s Skyfall, which made $1.1 billion worldwide.
Spectre features Christoph Waltz plays a character called Oberhauser – which, in the novels, is the name of James Bond’s former skiing instructor. However, it has been rumored the actor will be revealed as James Bond’s old nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Ernst Stavro Blofeld was the “number one” in Spectre, an international crime syndicate which last featured in the Sean Connery-era films.
Idris Elba has responded to rumors of becoming the next James Bond after Sony attack.
The actor has said he’s done nothing to deny the rumors.
“Isn’t 007 supposed to [be] handsome? Glad you think I’ve got a shot! Happy New year people,” Idris Elba tweeted, along with a picture of himself.
Current star, Daniel Craig, is committed to just one more movie.
Reports about the leaked Sony Pictures Entertainment emails suggest that a message from chairman Amy Pascal read: “Idris should be the next Bond.”
Amy Pascal was thought to be emailing Elizabeth Cantillon, the former executive vice president of production for Columbia Pictures – which distributes the Bond franchise.
There has been no confirmation from Sony Pictures that the actor will be the next 007.
Earlier this week, Rush Limbaugh criticized the rumors, saying that because the original author Ian Fleming wrote James Bond as “a white [man] from Scotland”, the character should not be played by a black actor.
“That’s not who James Bond is, and I know it’s racist to probably even point this out,” he said.
Idris Elba, 42, has previously said he would like to play James Bond.
Daniel Craig is currently filming upcoming James Bond movie, Spectre.
A version of the script for the new James Bond film, Spectre, has been stolen by hackers during last month’s attack on Sony Pictures.
The producers of Spectre have confirmed that the screenplay was taken as part of a cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November.
In a statement on the film’s official website, Eon Productions said they were concerned the script may be published online.
Spectre is due to be released in November 2015.
The statement said: “Eon Productions, the producers of the James Bond films, learned this morning that an early version of the screenplay for the new Bond film SPECTRE is amongst the material stolen and illegally made public by hackers who infiltrated the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer system.
“Eon Productions is concerned that third parties who have received the stolen screenplay may seek to publish it or its contents.”
Filming for Spectre began this month after the title and cast were unveiled in London.
A new car was shown off, but few details were given about the plot for the film.
A Sony spokesman denied reports that the cyber attack had forced the studio to stop production.
“Productions are still moving forward,” Robert Lawson told the Reuters news agency.
The James Bond franchise is a valuable asset for Sony Pictures, with Skyfall making $1.1 billion worldwide.
On November 24 hackers disabled the computer network at California-based Sony Pictures.
They also released salary and Social Security numbers for thousands of Sony employees – including celebrities
North Korea has denied being behind the attack in retaliation for a film depicting the country’s leader but praised it as a “righteous deed”. The FBI has confirmed that it is investigating.
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