People have all kinds of hobbies. Some of them I understand, many of them I don’t, which is fine. They’re not my hobbies, after all.
One that I’ve always thought of as kind of cool are people who collect props from movies. Not replica props, mind you, but the real deals. As a movie lover, that’s a real thrill.
And, to be fair, one can get involved in such a hobby with relatively little cost, surprisingly. Yet, if you’ve got the money, you can spend millions on props just as easily.
That means some of those props make attractive targets for bad guys. That happened earlier this year when several guns used in James Bond movies were stolen.
Since then, there’s been no news. Now, the authorities are issuing an appeal for information.
Police launched a fresh appeal Monday for witnesses after five guns used as props in James Bond films were stolen during a burglary in a London suburb.
One of the deactivated firearms — a yellow-handed Llama pistol featured in 007 movie “Die Another Day” — was recovered in a field in the days after the March 23 theft from a house in Enfield.
But the other four remain missing, including the Walther PPK used by Roger Moore in a “View to a Kill” as he pursues Grace Jones up the Eiffel Tower, before she jumps off with a parachute.
London’s Metropolitan Police issued new security camera footage showing a vehicle parked near the scene of the crime, apparently on reconnaissance, and urged any witnesses to come forward.
Now, my understanding is that these firearms were rendered inoperable, thus making them legal under British law. That would mean whoever stole these guns weren’t looking for weapons for selling to the local drug dealers or anything.
No, this is likely the kind of theft where the thieves knew what they were after and precisely what it was. That’s also supported by the evidence of the car surveilling the home prior to the break-in.
Of course, that doesn’t tell us why they left the Llama in a field. Now, the weapon is rusted, by the way. I mean, I don’t know that I’d go out of my way to buy a Llama, but one used in a Bond movie still likely had some value.
As things stand, no one is in danger because these guns are on the streets. Again, they were reportedly rendered inoperable. While someone could probably change that–they convert replica guns to firing weapons all the time, after all–it just doesn’t fit with this kind of crime. High-end collectors like this tend to be a fairly small community, so people would know who had guns like this.
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that any American readers have any information on the crime, but if you do, please let someone know. This is just a crappy thing to do to someone over what are nothing more than collectors’ pieces. Yes, they’re valuable, but there’s just no legitimate way to spin this so it’s not an evil act.
I hope they’re caught and arrested and the victim gets the rest of his property back.