Doug Redenius sells his 007 collection, Daily Journal says

Doug Redenius, a vice president with the Ian Fleming Foundation, has sold his large personal James Bond collection, The Daily Journal newspaper in Kankakee, Illinois, reports. He’ll also be moving from Illinois to Florida to manage a new museum whose contents will include his former 007 collection.

The newspaper ran two stories Sept. 17. It only runs a short preview on the free portion of its Web site. Here’s a portion OF THE SECOND ARTICLE:

Soon Redenius will be starting a new career in North Miami Beach, Fla., were he will be a manager of a new 15,000-square-foot museum devoted to the life and times of the fictional character.

While many people questioned Redenius’ emotional and financial commitment to Bond during the past 30 years, he was always confident it would pay off in the end.

The lead article A PORTION OF WHICH YOU CAN VIEW BY CLICKING HERE says a proposed 007 museum in Momence, Illinois, was not going to happen.

The free portions of both articles give you a flavor of what’s happening. There are links to the paper’s e-editon as a way to get the unabridged versions of the stories.

Meanwhile, here’s a directory of previous HMSS Weblog posts about Redenius. His personal collection is separate from the 007 film vehicles owned by the Ian Fleming Foundation.

James Bond collectibles: Barbie gets in the act

Move over, Ken. Barbie has entered the world of James Bond, at least 007 collectibles.

Got $34.99 burning a hole in your pocket? Well, for that price you can get one of these 007 Barbies: a Pussy Galore Barbie resembling Honor Blackman; a Honey Ryder Barbie resembling Ursula Andress; and a Jinx Barbie, resembling Halle Berry.

This isn’t the first time Barbie has been involved with 007. Back in 2003, Mattel offered a 007 Ken and Barbie collector set with “fabulous ensemble created by Lindy Hemming, the Academy Award®-winning designer enlisted for” Die Another Day.

The Our Man From Bond weblog wrote about this a few days ago.

For sale: some pricey 007 props

At the Heritage Auction Galleries Web site, there are some James Bond props up for sale by the Ian Fleming Foundation for the serious 007 collector:

For example, there’s:

–A temperature gauge from the Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 with an opening bid of $600.

— A prop cell phone from Tomorrow Never Dies with an opening bid of $400.

— A propeller from one of the Parahawks in The World Is Not Enough, with a minimum bid of $350.

You can find some additional items by CLICKING RIGHT HERE.

There’s about another 26 days of Internet bidding and a live auction on Nov. 7, according to the Web sites.

Want to drive an Aston Martin DB5? Here’s a more (relatively) affordable alternative

In Goldfinger, James Bond drove as Aston Martin DB5. Want to buy one? Well, there were only about 1,000 made and they’re rather expensive. The Automotive Traveler Web site suggests a more affordable alternative. An excerpt:

On a list of cars that most auto enthusiasts would want to own some day, Aston Martins usually rank high on the wish list. Obviously the connection to the James Bond film series is one of the primary reasons why. What can possibly be more iconic than driving a Silver Birch DB5 being driven through the mountain passes of Switzerland? Starting with “Goldfinger” in 1964 and being connected to the series many times right up until the present day, 007 and Aston Martin are forever linked together. But with the prices of DB5 now in the stratosphere–especially those finished in Silver Birch–is there an alternative for those who want a dash of Bond, at a more affordable price. Here’s one such choice; a 73,000-mile 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 1 offered for sale in Southern California.

To read the entire post, CLICK RIGHT HERE.