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Bond villain's hat goes up for auction


Oddjob’s deadly bowler hat in the 007 film ­Goldfinger has made a ­surprise appearance on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

The battered steel-rimmed hat was one of those thrown by actor and Olympic weightlifter Harold Sakata in the 1964 film, and valued at up to £30,000.

It was part of a collection of James Bond memorabilia brought to the show when it filmed at the National Botanic Garden of Wales last summer.

The hat, together with a 007 number plate, left Roadshow expert Marc Allum amazed.

He called them an “iconic part of Bond history”, adding: “I’m shaking with excitement.”

The owner said he was a huge 007 fan as a child and his brother-in-law was a driver for Aston Martin during the filming of Goldfinger, starring Sean Connery as Bond and Gert Frobe as the baddie.

He asked for memorabilia and Pinewood Studios gave him Oddjob’s bowler hat but insisted the metal rim be taken out before it was handed over as it was too dangerous.

He said: “As a young lad, everybody wanted to throw the Oddjob hat, and if you look at it, everybody did throw the hat because it’s absolutely in pieces because it didn’t have the steel in it any more, so therefore whenever it landed it damaged it.”

Despite the damage, Marc valued the flat-crowned bowler at £20,000 to £30,000 and the 007 number plate, which was used by Aston Martin to promote the film but never appeared on screen, at £4,000 to £6,000.

The owner of the collection said they would be stowed away, but he would be interested in selling them.

Over the years, Antiques Roadshow has valued several James Bond items including a jacket worn by Daniel Craig inCasino Royale at £3,000-£5,000 and a watch used in The World is Not Enough valued at £15,000-£20,000.