It almost makes the opening scene of "James Bond against Dr No", the first opus of the saga of the British agent brought to the screen.
In M's office, the boss of the British secret service, James Bond, back from vacation, receives a new weapon.
His faithful Beretta who "has never failed him", got stuck during a previous mission.
This new pistol, the famous Walther PPK, will be offered at auction in early December in Los Angeles and could sell for up to $ 200,000 (around € 170,000).
Sean Connery, who died last month at the age of 90 at his home in the Bahamas, held him, arms crossed, on the poster for "James Bond vs. Dr No" released in 1962. The weapon - neutralized - is there. 'one of two props used by Sean Connery in the filmed first episode of The James Bond.
It was owned by the film's gunsmith until its auction in 2006.
Sean Connery, in one of the photos from the production / DR
The Walther PPK pistol, for Polizeipistole Kriminal, a German weapon, remains the weapon of choice for 007 from "Dr No" to "Tomorrow never dies" (1997).
It will then be replaced by a Walther PP9.
"One of the most emblematic images of the saga"
"The figure of 007 holding this weapon would become one of the most iconic images in the James Bond saga, and one of the most identifiable popular references of all time," said Martin Nolan, executive director of the house of Julien's Auctions sales who organize these auctions.
The Walther will be one of the 500 symbolic objects of Hollywood cinema put up for sale on December 3 by Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills.
Also in the catalog for this sale are the fighter pilot helmet worn by Tom Cruise in "Top Gun" and the leather jacket of Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day", both estimated between 30,000 and 50,000. dollars.