Sean Connery ranked the world's most collectible Bond
A new study by JustCollecting has revealed the world's favourite James Bond – at least when it comes to movie memorabilia.
Sean Connery tops the list, based on the amount of money spent at auction on props and costumes from the James Bond films.
Tracking auction results over the past two decades, the JustCollecting study confirms that collectors see Connery as the most valuable Bond – but current 007 Daniel Craig is hot on his heels.
Back in 2014, a national UK poll to find the nation's favourite Bond suggested moviegoers feel the same way.
Connery led the voting with 27%, but Craig wasn't far behind with 21%, and topped the poll when it came to fans under 40.
In each case Roger Moore places third followed by Pierce Brosnan in fourth, and the short-lived Bonds Timothy Dalton and George Lazenby trailing the field.
The JustCollecting study focuses on props and costumes used by each of the six main actors during their tenure as 007.
It ranks the actors based on the five biggest sales of their Bond memorabilia, and having compared prices for all major sales in recent years, it's clear that collectors want three things: weapons, watches and well-tailored suits.
"When it comes to James Bond memorabilia, the items which fetch the highest prices are those things we associate most with the character," said a JustCollecting spokesperson. "Fans want to own the Walther handguns, the gadget-packed watches and the stylish outfits they see on screen."
Sean Connery's five biggest sales brought a combined total of $758,392, topped by the most valuable item on the entire list - the famous, long-barrelled Walther pistol he held on the poster for 'From Russia With Love'.
Having appeared in the most iconic James Bond image of all time, if not the actual film, the pistol sold in 2010 for £277,250 ($423,300).
"Back in the 1960s and 70s few people placed any value on movie memorabilia, and most props and costumes were either reused on different films or simply thrown away. Surviving pieces from the earliest Bond films like Dr No, Thunderball or From Russia With Love are highly rare, and collectors will pay six-figure sums to get their hands on them."
The most valuable item from Daniel Craig's three outings is his Omega Seamaster wristwatch from Skyfall, which sold in 2012 for £157,250 ($254,273).
Not only is Skyfall the highest-grossing Bond film of all time, it's also the most valuable in terms of its memorabilia. The study shows that sales of props and costumes from the film have realized over £300,000 ($460,000) at auction since its release in 2012, more than any other in the series.
"Nowadays most major items survive production, meaning memorabilia from Casino Royale or Skyfall is far more likely to appear on the market. Fans can often get their hands on the props before the films have been