Owner of stolen James Bond guns offers £5k for thieves to return them
Man with the stolen guns: Bereft owner of stolen £100,000 James Bond weapons offers £5,000 for thieves to return them
- Owner says life went ‘down the c*****r’ when guns were stolen earlier this year
- Going by the name Mark Hazard, he urges thieves to return them in new video
- Five guns used as props in James Bond films stolen from home in Enfield, London
- Burglary took place at a property in Aldersbrook Avenue on Monday, March 23
- One of the guns has been found but it has been rusted due to being left outside
A James Bond fan says ten years of his life went ‘down the c*****r’ when his unique collection of 007 film guns worth up to £100,000 was stolen.
The victim is urging the ‘criminal fraternity’ who stole his replica firearms to give them back, suggesting he won’t grass them up to cops who are investigating the heist.
Going by his pen name of Mark Hazard, the victim – who was clearly shaken by the burglary – promised a £5,000 reward for whoever returns his movie memorabilia.
Mark uploaded a video of himself on Tuesday and told the thieves to send him a picture of the guns next to that day’s newspaper if they want his cash reward.
The five stolen firearms featured in films from the 007 spy franchise, including a Beretta Auto Pistol from Die Another Day, and a Smith and a Weston Revolver from A View to Kill.
Owner ‘Mark Hazard’ has said he will pay a £5,000 reward for the return of his valuable James Bond gun collection which was stolen in March this year and is worth an estimated £100,000
Halle Berry in 2002’s Die Another Day, wielding a Beretta Cheetah which was stolen in burglary
A Beretta Cheetah (pictured) used by Halle Berry in Pierce Brosnan’s Die Another Day were stolen at an Aldersbrook Avenue property in Enfield, London, on Monday, March 23
Unique Smith and Weston 44 Magnum used by Roger Moore in Live And Let Die was also stolen
A unique 44 Magnum handgun from Live and Let Die was also stolen, along with a Beretta ‘Tomcat’ pistol and Llama pistol, both featured in Die Another Day.
They were due to be displayed in a national exhibition but were stolen from his home in Enfield, north London, on March 23.
In the bizarre video a masked Mark, 56, says: ‘This is not a victimless crime.
‘Ten years of my life went down the crapper when they were stolen.
‘Ten years of research to find them and write about them, ten years of my life to get the funds together to secure them and barely a year of my life to physically own them or at least be their temporary keeper.
‘This is also a loss to the British Film Industry and technically a loss to the heritage of the Bond production company EON Productions Ltd.’
He added: ‘Regrettably because they were waiting to effectively permanently go into a museum, they were not insured so they are still my property not an insurance company’s hence I can guarantee no entrapment, no questions asked.
‘Up until the time of the theft they were only handled with curatorial white cloth gloves to protect their screen patina which I guess now is completely bolloxed so recovery is against the clock!’
Roger Moore’s Walther PPK from A View To A Kill was among ‘Mark Hazard’s collection
One of the firearms – a yellow-handed Llama pistol (pictured left) – was subsequently recovered by a member of the public in a field near to Roydon Railway Station in Essex in April. It was found severely rusted (pictured right) due to being exposed to the elements outdoors
The crooks were rumbled by neighbours but fled the scene before cops arrived, after they allegedly jumped through an open window and sped off in a silver getaway vehicle.
The suspects were all wearing dark clothing, and are described as white with Eastern European accents.
One of the guns – the yellow-handed Llama pistol – was later found in a field near Roydon Railway Station in Essex in April.
Cops continue to search for the other stolen guns
Mark added: ‘If I’m talking to the gang who broke in, then you will know how to contact me, on a one-on-one basis with your representative only.
‘A photo of the guns/gun parts against a current newspaper will get the ball rolling or you can hand them into your local Police station c/o D.I. Paul Ridley with your contact details.
‘Or get a friend not connected with the crime to hand them in for you or contact BBC Crime Watch to claim the reward or of course you can hold onto them and await a potential knock on the door and receive a very different less-profitable reward!’
In what police have described as a ‘scene reminiscent of a James Bond movie’, CCTV footage shows the gang taking pictures of the 007 fan’s home minutes before the burglary took place
In September, Scotland Yard released CCTV footage of a silver Vauxhall Minerva which was parked up near where the heist took place on March 23.
Cops want to trace the driver.
At the time Det Insp Paul Ridley said: ‘We now have images of a vehicle that was parked near to the scene of the crime and appears to be carrying out reconnaissance in the area.
‘In scenes reminiscent of a James Bond movie you can even see the flash of a camera from the occupant engaged in the surveillance.
‘I believe these individuals were involved in the crime, it was only a matter of minutes prior to the raid.
‘The firearms which were stolen are very distinctive and will almost certainly be recognised by the public and anyone who is offered them for sale.
‘The owner of these unique items is devastated, particularly in terms of the sentimental value – they were due to be showcased on display as part of a national exhibition.
‘Many of these items are very unique.
‘For example, the Magnum is the only one in the world ever made where the whole gun is finished in chrome. It has a six-and-a-half inch barrel and wood grips.
‘The Walther PPK was the last gun used by Roger Moore in View to a Kill in a famous scene with Grace Jones who descends the Eiffel Tower on a parachute.’
The gun’s estimated auction value was quoted as £100,000.
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