Burglars steal unique collection of 007 guns

Picture: Met Police. A Llama 22 from Die Another Day

A unique collection of guns used in James Bond films has been stolen.

Burglars took five weapons from the North London home of an avid collector of film memorabilia.

The de-activated guns taken include two pistols from Die Another Day and a Walther PPK used by Roger Moore in A View To A Kill.

The guns are thought to be worth £100,000.

They were part of a collection started 50 years ago by engineer John Reynolds, .

Mr Reynolds, 56, told the Press Association he was mortified by the loss:

“I sat facing the wall for the next two days.

“The flame has gone out of my life.

“Have you ever felt like you wanted to die?

“Like you couldn’t face the next day?

“If the CID hadn’t knocked on the door to discuss what had happened and how to move forward, I would probably still be sitting staring at the wall.”

Mr Reynolds started collecting as a child.

He’s amassed hundreds of pieces of Bond memorabilia including posters, items of clothing and around 60 other guns.

He said: “It’s probably the finest collection of its type under one roof and the daft thing is the people who broke in went straight past all of that and ignored everything and didn’t know what it was.

“If they had known what was in the house, they would have taken a lot more, it would be completely empty.”

The rest of the items, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds, have now all been moved into storage after the burglary.

The collection of weapons was about to be sent to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds for an exhibition prior to the burglary.

 


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.



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