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ASK ED

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Now, with 60 years of James Bond history behind us, and much longer if you include Ian Fleming's literary works, many topics of discussion and scores of questions and answers still remain unanswered or extremely hard to find online.

 

This is why we have "ASK ED" - Ed Maggiani, one of the world's foremost experts on all things Bond and owner of a massive collection of 007 memorabilia, and digital files containing nearly 150,000 images of Bond-related material. Ed’s knowledge base on the topic of 007 is beyond remarkable.

 

If you have a Bond-related question, e.g., the model number of the camera used in From Russia with Love? What was the alternate script for Moonraker? What happened to the Q branch 3rd mammary gland from The Man with the Gold Gun? Ed will likely know the answer.

 

If you have a question, please complete he spaces below, along with your question, and Ed will do his best to answer your question and post it on the "ASK ED" page.

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Question... What is your favorite item in your personal collection? Anonymous

Ed's answer ... Hmmm…that’s a “toughie” as so many iconic items really stand out. I’m going to say that the one item I looked for the longest time is the version of spearguns used by the USCG Para-Aqua troopers that fought the SPECTRE frogmen in ‘Thunderball.’

Question...I read that you played a role in authenticating the helmet worn by Sean Connery flying LIL Nellie - Where do you begin, and what is the authentication process?  Zack

Ed's answer ..Hi Zack! Thanks for writing. I have to admit is was pure ‘Dumb Luck’ that I stumbled across a posting by the person that had it. I contact him and, through extensive research through my photo files, I was able to photo match the helmet to the original one worn by Connery in the film.

Question...I’m 19 years old, and I just started collecting 007 memorabilia - There is so much stuff on the market, and some of it is expensive; is it better to focus on collecting items from my favorite movie or the whole franchise? Ethan

Ed's answer ... Hi Ethan,

Firstoff, welcome to the world of collecting 007. 

There are very many things to collect such as magazines, posters, toys, and my personal favorite – props.

The list of collectible items is endless. 

I suggest you ‘test the waters” by starting slow to see what most appeals to you and then concentrate on that item.

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