James Bond's shoes auction

TWO pairs of James Bond's Northampton-made shoes are going under the hammer at a famous London auction house later this month.

The Church’s brogues, as worn by Pierce Brosnan during filming for his 007 debut, Goldeneye, are expected to fetch about 1,800 when they are sold at Christie’s film memorabilia auction.

Christie’s spokeswoman Sarah Hodgson said the black and brown size-11s were expected to generate a clamour of interest from collectors when bidding took place on December 19.

She said: “Any prop or piece of clothing from any of the Bond films is always popular.

“The fact the shoes have been worn by James Bond is what will really make the difference but the quality of the shoes does come into it, too.

“If it was a pair of plimsolls worn in a beach scene, for example, they wouldn’t fetch anywhere near as much as what we are expecting for these lots.

“James Bond is only ever associated with high-quality clothing and the fact they are such well-made pairs of English shoes just adds to the appeal.”

Goldeneye was released in 1995 and was the first of Brosnan’s four film outings as 007.

The film’s costume designer Lindy Hemming settled on Church’s shoes to complement the tailoring of Bond’s Brioni three-piece suit, which is also being auctioned on December 19.

The brown brogues are expected to sell for between 400 and 600, the black pair between 800 and 1,200 and the guide price for the suit is 1,500 to 2,000.