Melbourne Bloke Has Spent $55,000 On James Bond Collection
It's difficult not to like James Bond films because, well, they're bloody awesome. Whether you're a fan of the old school stuff or the new age 007, they're all good movies (maybe except for Quantum of Solace).
While the franchise has fans all over the world, no one will be able to match the likes of Stephen Sherrard-Griffth, who boasts one hell of a Bond collection.
The Melbourne bloke has a whopping three rooms worth of memorabilia, which totals around 4,000 items.
How much would a fan collection like that cost? Oh, only around $55,000.
"I've been obsessed with Bond since I was 13-years-old," Stephen said. "The reason I love James Bond so much is because of the escapism.
"He's human though. He has a vulnerability about him.
"He's brave, he's fearless, he does what he needs to for king and country. He doesn't always like killing but accepts he sometimes has to do it and put his life on the line for his country.
"Above all though, he's suave and smooth, the kind of man you want to be."
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But maintaining a collection of this magnitude has its downside. According to Stephen, he had to dump his girlfriend because she didn't appreciate a very rare You Only Live Twice movie poster he bought.
"A few days later we broke up because I didn't get over it," he said.
He has a rare model of Bond's iconic Aston Martin DB5 worth $4,000 as well as countless props used in the movies, like the Spy Who Loved Me's famous Walther PPK and a rare model of Timothy Dalton from The Living Daylights.
Stephen said: "I started collecting when I was about 14 which was when I got my first few pieces.
"In 2015 I started to collect full-time and I've built up the fastest growing collection in the world and even my have own YouTube channel called The James Bond show.
"I've got everything from rare posters, autographs, books, cards and props.
"My favourite item is a model of Timothy Dalton from the film The Living Daylights.
"They weren't officially produced and very few were made. It's an extremely rare piece and other big Bond collectors don't have it. I've been offered money for it but it's not for sale, it's going in the coffin."
Naturally, Stevie-boy is pretty excited about the upcoming Bond 25 film because it means he'll be able to get his mitts on some new memorabilia.