Daryl is often quoted in interviews as saying that Bond was ‘always in his blood’. Born just 3 days after ‘Dr. No’ premiered in 1962, his dad was already a reader of the Ian Fleming novels and his mum soon became a fan of Sean Connery’s screen interpretation. Like most boys growing up in the UK during the 1960’s and 1970’s, Daryl’s first exposure to 007 came in the form of the toy Aston Martin produced by Corgi. However, it was his mum’s 1965 ‘Thunderball’ brochure which became Daryl’s first piece of genuine cinema memorabilia when she passed it on to him in the 1970’s.
Lot Number One was Daryl’s ‘Goldfinger’ Corgi Aston Martin, signed by Desmond with ‘Q’s most famous line from the movie: ‘I never joke about my work 007!’ Just before the bidding Desmond wished Daryl ‘Good luck!’. Both men were astonished when the model was knocked down for £700 -a world record!.