Last year saw the 60th anniversary of the first of the serious James Bond movies, back in 1962 when Dr. No debuted to widespread critical acclaim, creating legions of fans that persist to this day. The 1960s saw the release of a further five films, all but one, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, starring Sean Connery. The films were huge hits in their day, with two of them amongst the three most successful of the franchise at the box office when adjusted for inflation, beaten only by the brilliant 2012 hit, Skyfall.
Many aficionados consider the 1960s as the best decade for Bond, although I’d argue the Craig-era is its equal. The Royal Mint have launched a coin celebrating that first decade, the first of seven that will chart the celluloid journey of the character to where he is today. Taking the autogyro, Little Nellie, from the 1967 film ‘You Only Live Twice’, the coin depicts Bond flying it over a background filled with a repeated sequence of movie titles from the franchise’s first decade. The border incorporates the iconic gun barrel rifling from the intro sequence.
The range includes three gold proof coins (2oz, 1oz, 1/4oz), three silver proof coins (5oz, 2oz, 1oz), and a pair of one-ounce bullion coins in either silver or gold. Apart from the quality of strike, the packaging, and the limited mintages that differentiate the proof coins, the bullion variants have the coin title and composition micro-engraved in a ring near the rim.
A pretty cool debut for an iconic subject. There are quite a few 007 coins around now, so perhaps warranting one of our Thematic Guides to keep track of them all. These coins should be available to purchase later today, with the bullion coins available at all the usual places. Silver proof coins range from £102.50 to £485.00 each, with gold starting at £750.00, heading up to £5,305.00 for the two ounce. The bullion coins will be spot plus, as always, and there’s a base-metal BU coin in a gatefold pack for just £14.50 for the casual collector.