Marc Allum was overjoyed when he came across a guest’s bowler hat after discovering it was the iconic hat worn by Goldfinger’s henchman, Oddjob in the James Bond classic. The antique expert was surprised and taken aback by the hat’s story and left the owner stunned with a huge valuation on Antiques Roadshow.
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“I’m shaking with anticipation and excitement,” Marc began. “This I think is an amazingly iconic collection of objects and an amazing story too.
“So what we have here is something that is pretty obvious, JB 007 a car numberplate doesn’t need much explaining at the moment and what we have here is a bowler hat.
“And it’s the bowler hat from Gold Finger arguably one of the best James Bond films ever made that belonged to OddJob, Gold Finger’s henchman.”
“That’s incredible, give me some provenance,” the antique expert asked.
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The owner revealed: “My brother-in-law was the driver for Aston Martin that took the Aston Martin back and forth to Pinewood Studios.”
“Also he was the person who picked up Sean Connery to take him instead of him going on the bus.”
He revealed his brother-in-law’s name was Peter Davis as he pointed to a newspaper cutting that displayed his relative’s photo and information about his work.
“Well that’s a pretty amazing story, do we know how the ’OddJob’ hat came into his possession?” Marc asked.
“Well I was a big Bond fan and my brother-in-law asked Pinewood Studios if he could have one of the hats,” the guest explained.
“What happened was they wouldn’t allow it out of the studio without taking the metal out of the top of the hat.”
“Cause, of course, we all know the famous scene in the film which OddJob takes off his bowler and it spins out and knocks the head off the statue,” Marc added.
“As far as I’m aware, this is the story I was told they left the steel in the bottom part and as you can see by the state of it as a young lad everybody wanted to throw the OddJob hat,” the owner remarked.
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“And if you look at it, everyone did throw that hat because it’s absolutely in pieces because it didn’t have the steel in it anymore. Therefore whenever it landed, it damaged it.”
“We can see it’s definitely a prop hat and it’s an iconic part of Bond history, it really is,” Marc continued. “Now the number plate, no secret agent would have JB 007 would it because it would be a bit obvious.”
Marc explained that when Pinewood Studios used the infamous Aston Martin DB5 to promote the film they would have used this number plate.
The guest revealed his brother-in-law picked up the James Bond actor in the iconic Aston Martin model.
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“Now listen,” Marc said. “Many years ago OddJob hat was sold in London and there was a big promotional thing about it being the one and only OddJob hat.
“It made over £60,000. Now I really believe having this conversation with you and seeing all this, there was definitely more than one OddJob’s hat.
“Everyone knows if you’re making a movie, you’re going to have more than one of this kind of prop,”
Marc revealed the number plate was worth between £4-6,000 and OddJob’s hat was worth between £20-30,000 leaving the guest speechless.
Antiques Roadshow continues Sunday on BBC One at 7pm.
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