JAMES BOND fans were given a chance to get their hands on Daniel Craig’s trunks today as his swimwear went on sale in a charity auction.
The famous sky blue tight shorts, worn as he emerged from a glistening sea in Casino Royale, are expected to fetch up to £5,000 in the sale of 007 memorabilia being staged by Christie’s.
The Bond items are being sold as part of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the film series about the suave agent. It also coincides with preparations for the launch of the latest movie Skyfall.
Craig’s trunks, made by underwear brand La Perla, helped win over fans when he made his debut in the role in 2006.
It was inspired by a similar scene in the first Bond film, Dr No, in which Ursula Andress appeared from the waves in a white bikini.
Also being sold are props, models and costumes which have been used over the years in the celebrated movies. They range from the Aston Martin 6-litre V12 DBS which was used in Quantum of Solace – estimated to go for up to £150,000 – to the Tarot cards used by Jane Seymour’s character Solitaire in Live And Let Die.
All the lots will be on display at Christie’s South Kensington sale room until October 5, which has been designated global James Bond Day.
The online auction continues until October 8 at www.christies.com/bond, raising money for various charities.
Craig, 44, was born in Chester but grew up in Wirral, where he went to Hilbre high school, in West Kirby. He landed the James Bond role in 2005 and has since played the secret agent twice – in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.