A Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver belonging to James Bond author Ian Fleming has gone under the hammer at auction for £12,000 after a good week for the iconic spy.

The gun was given to Fleming in 1964 by the Colt Company and was one of the prestige items on show at Bonhams' vintage firearms sale in Knightsbridge.

An anonymous buyer snapped up the gun, which Fleming had until his death after being sent it by a senior Colt executive, who was said to be so impressed by the author's work he wanted to get in touch.

The Colt is one of the weapons famously seen in The Man with the Golden Gun, with KGB villain Scaramanga wielding the firearm.

Meanwhile, after a week which saw Daniel Craig, the star of the latest Bond film, pick up an award for his role as 007 in Casino Royale, it also emerged the film has proved a hit on DVD.

EON Productions and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment revealed today that the Martin Campbell-directed film has shifted more than 1.6 million DVDs in its first week.

According to the retailer, that makes it the most successful selling British DVD for first week-sales of all-time.

Casino Royale is based on Ian Fleming's first novel in his James Bond series and follows the early career of the spy in what was a well-received  and clearly popular  film.

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