James Bond: Live and Let Die

Compressed gas pellet

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An original prop used in the production of Live and Let Die, the 1973 James bond picture starring Roger Moore as the suave spy.

This is an original compressed gas pellet custom made by the production for use as the projectile for the shark hunting gun which is seen in the climactic scenes of the movie. In the original Tom Mankiewicz screenplay these was a scene in which Bond and Quarrel Jr (Roy Stewart) are fishing on his boat and he gives Bond the pellet gun to fend off a shark but the sequence proved unsatisfactory due to the prop inflatable shark which was to be destroyed looking unrealistic and it was cut from the film meaning the first introduction of the weapon is as Bond arrives in Kananga's lair. The shark gun is then discussed and the effects of the gas pellet demonstrated by Kananga before Bond used his magnetic Rolex to procure the pellet left on the table, makes his escape and forces Kananga to swallow the pellet causing him to inflate and explode.

The gas pellet is constructed from turned aluminium and features a detailed end which is detachable, the idea being that the removal of this arms the projectile. The piece measures approximately 0.75" in diameter and stands 2" high, it remains in excellent production used condition with some minor surface wear, generally fine.

An extraordinarily rare and highly significant artefact from Roger Moore's Bond debut.

Movie / TV Show James Bond: Live and Let Die