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Topic: A Rare 1967 survivor has surfaced! ....Prop Update!

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Some were afraid that this iconic piece would vanish into an overseas private collection never to be seen again because the owner feared that either EON or The Wallis Family Estate would attempt to repossess the piece if it were listed for auction in a major auction house catalogue? as did the Donkey. The ridiculous thing is the owner told me knowing what it was he had previously offered it to EON for the Archive completely gratis but received no reply. He then listed it on ebay but the piece received no interest from collectors! After being posted on a well known James Bond collectibles website where our very own Ed of TheSpyboys.com had authenticated it with a screen grab of the serial number on the lense, It had been suggested by potential purchasers that the piece could achieve in excess of £20k at auction which put it out of my price range because my secret bid was just £5k which I later doubled to £10k with an assurance that if my revised bid was successful? it wasn't, the piece would go straight into the  Bond In Motion  Exhibition in London's Covent Garden to be reunited with Wing Commander Ken "Nellie" Wallis's WA-116 G-AVDG (G-ARZB's stand in) autogyro "Little Nellie", named after music hall entertainer Nellie Wallace (Ken's RAF nickname) by RAF Group Captain Hammish Mahaddie who consulted for EON much as Major General Charlie Russo did on Goldfinger & Thunderball.

After a road traffic accident on 6th February 2018 where my 86 year old Father was knocked out of his disabled scooter by a Vauxhall Zafira breaking his back and giving him a cerebral hemorrhage (brain bleed) he passed away on 14th February after suffering a second larger hemorrhage which put him into a coma on 10th February where when the neuro surgeons said he would never regain consciousness I requested his life support be turned off. Because of a weak heart condition they expected him to pass within a matter of minutes however his heart carried on beating at a steady 117 BPM for a further 4 days!. He left me a small inheritance which when released from probate gave me the funds to either put a high mileage Aston Martin DB9 with DBS body panels on my front drive (Donkey sorely tempted!) or pay an undisclosed amount which would secure Sir Sean Thomas Connery's/John Stears' modified Gentex pilot's helmet from You Only Live Twice for Bond In Motion, The Shuttleworth Collection and posterity.

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For one with few brain cells, this truly was a no brainer! The piece would forever be displayed with a mounted black onyx effect face cast of Sir Sean with a discreet engraved brass plaque which stated Wallis WA-116 Agile/G-ARZB Gentex/Stears HGU-7/P "Courtesy of Albert Reynolds, Oct 1931 - Feb 2018" so even though those viewing the helmet would not know who Albert Reynolds was? they would know the name Albert Reynolds which is a fitting tribute to my late Father who felt that only Sean Connery was James Bond! He didn't like Pierce Bronson! (as he called him). To satisfy all parties, that is the seller, EON Productions Ltd, Donk and the Wallis Estate, when the Donkey finally pops his hooves the helmet will be bequeathed back to The Wallis Family from whence it came to be displayed with Wing Commander Wallis's WA-116/G-ARZB Agile, the aircraft he flew standing in for Sean Connery back in 1967 at its now permanent home at The Shuttleworth Collection here in the UK on condition it remains in the UK & never be sold and this is cast in stone in the Donkey's will on file with the family solicitors!

It is interesting to note that when Desmond's "Q" hands the helmet to Sean's "Bond" during the pre-flight brief shot on location in Japan he actually hands him the prop which has the micro cine camera wired to the lense with the lense mounted on its protective dust cap which would be worn in the air by Ken "007" Wallis doubling for Sean. All other scenes with Sean and G-AVDG (standing in for G-ARZB) were shot at Pinewood studios where the more finished Gentex/Stears HGU-7/P was utilised.

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It is also interesting to note that back in 1967 while the movie was being screened at The Odeon Theatre in Leicester square London, Selfridges Department Store in London had a window display featuring a number of screen used props from the movie including Sean's helmet (camera not wired on) and the SPECTRE Intruder spacecraft miniature. Neither have been seen since!

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My sincere thanks to Ed of thespyboys.com for putting the Donkey & the seller together & for beyond a shadow of doubt authenticating the piece  ajb007/martini

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Have you been polishing your helmet Donk, it looks a different colour to the last time I saw it  ajb007/biggrin  ajb007/tongue  ajb007/shifty

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Amazing story, ppw3o6r, and my late condolences to you. Thrilled to see it has finally been secured and displayed in all its glory after all these years. Well done to all involved! ajb007/martini

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Great story and a fabulous tribute too!  ajb007/cheers

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Amazing and emotional story....love it.  What an honor you have bestowed on your father as well as the world who will be able to enjoy this tribute.

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I never cease to be amazed at the true dedication found and exposed on this site.

A truly selfless and lovely gesture for sure, though I would have been mightily tempted by that Aston option  ajb007/biggrin

Well done that man may it give all concerned enjoyment and satisfaction for years to come - a fitting legacy in memory of your father as well (my condolences for your loss naturally).

Cheers  ajb007/bond

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He a good bloke is that Donk. Never a more selfless person have I met.  Can’t wait to see it displayed with Little Nellie.

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Asp9mm wrote:

He a good bloke is that Donk. Never a more selfless person have I met.  Can’t wait to see it displayed with Little Nellie.

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We should arrange a group visit.

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Asp9mm wrote:

We should arrange a group visit.

Excellent idea, count me in  ajb007/martini

One of us smells like a tart's handkerchief.

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Asp9mm wrote:

We should arrange a group visit.

Excellent idea, count me in  ajb007/martini

Then maybe some light refreshments afterwards and we can toast the memory of Albert Reynolds  ajb007/martini

One of us smells like a tart's handkerchief.

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ACACIA_AVENUE wrote:
Asp9mm wrote:

We should arrange a group visit.

Excellent idea, count me in  ajb007/martini

Then maybe some light refreshments afterwards and we can toast the memory of Albert Reynolds  ajb007/martini

Thank you Gents, perhaps at BIM in Covent Garden  ajb007/martini
and thank you AJBers for the kind words  ajb007/martini

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Incredible story Donk, thank you for sharing and thank you for the selfless effort you have put in for the Bond fandom—a true gentleman  ajb007/martini

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Donk, it was a pleasure to go down this road with you and assist in both the authentication, recovery and restoration of the helmet.
Deepest condolences to your family over the loss of your Father as well as the additional loss of your canine companion, Barney.

Glad to see the helmet reunited with Little Nellie and put on exhibit for all Bond fans to see. Shame they'll never be aware of the journey and back story behind its recovery but we, here at AJB, will know.  --Ed

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Not only do you share tremendous knowledge but you also display a generosity that does yourself, and your late father, credit  ajb007/martini

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What an incredible story, and such an amazing way to honour your dear father! Such a generosity of spirit.

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Great story and great effort. Thank you very much, sir.

Specially avoiding this: "Some were afraid that this iconic piece would vanish into an overseas private collection never to be seen againajb007/martini  ajb007/martini  ajb007/martini

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Update: This is a countdown to the sympathetically restored props reveal at The Bond In Motion Exhibition in London's Covent Garden in the not too distant future.
The restoration begins. The original shell slowly emerges from beneath decades of layers of paint. Normally no matter how battered, this collector would not advise anyone to attempt to restore an original screen prop however the screen patina on this shell has long gone courtesy of the paint & its ham fisted removal in places. Thankfully the interior which contains bespoke padding to make a comfortable fit to Sir Sean's head is still intact & relatively untouched after 51 years.

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The original unpainted shell reveal begins  ajb007/martini

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Donk, I’ve had really good results on my Gentex with Greygates Plastic Polish.  My example quickly returned to it’s original bright white gloss.  Obviously this depends on wether you wish it’s original appearence or it’s aged patina.  It also removes any annoying scratches very easily.  It’s primary purpose was polish Perspex/Plexiglass aircraft canopies.

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A couple of helmet polishing professionals right here ladies and gentlemen.  Please.  No pics.  It’s a family forum.

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But I like pics, Id like to see one of Donk wearing the helmet  ajb007/biggrin

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danjaq_0ff wrote:

But I like pics, Id like to see one of Donk wearing the helmet  ajb007/biggrin

just the helmet?  ajb007/amazed

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Perhaps not as exciting for you guys as a pair of Daniel Craig's branded underpants? but the shell has now had all the layers of post-production paint removed in preparation for polishing and refinishing to original screen finish before all the bespoke components are reinstated & the piece is handed over to EON Productions Ltd for display at the Bond In Motion Exhibition  ajb007/martini 

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Donk, that's lookin' mighty fine!!!   I'd let you polish my helmet anytime!!!  --Ed

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Well it it has been a three month process but the sympathetic restoration of Sir Sean's helmet is finally complete. Next stop is Bond In Motion in Covent Garden. Please pay it a visit. It really does look much better when it is not covered in 5-6 layers of emulsion paint  ajb007/martini

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My thanks again to Ed of the Spyboys.com for covertly putting the Donkey in touch with the seller  ajb007/martini