Detectives hunting burglars who stole five deactivated guns used in James Bond movies today released CCTV of them carrying out 007-style reconnaissance minutes before the raid in north London.
Three men forced their way into author and collector John Reynolds’ house in Aldersbrook Avenue, Enfield.
When neighbours disturbed them, the suspects jumped out of a window and fled in a silver Vauxhall Minerva with their £100,000 haul before police arrived at 8pm on March 23.
The raiders, said to have eastern European accents, were masked and wearing dark clothing when they broke into the back of Mr Reynold’s home.
A Walther PPK used by Roger Moore as he chased Grace Jones’s villain May Day at the Eiffel Tower in 1985’s A View To A Kill was stolen.
Halle Berry’s Beretta “Cheetah” auto pistol and her Beretta “Tomcat” with laser and silencer from 2002’s Die Another Day were also taken.
A Llama .22 calibre gun that Bond Pierce Brosnan used in the same film was stolen too, along with Moore’s Smith and Wesson .44 Magnum revolver from 1973’s Live And Let Die.
Detectives today released CCTV which shows the Vauxhall Minerva parked on the street before the burglary.
Detective Inspector Paul Ridley, from North Area CID, 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 yellow Llama pistol was subsequently recovered by a member of the public in a field near to Roydon Railway Station in Essex in April.
DI Ridley added: “Sadly, this has been severely rusted due to being exposed to the elements outdoors and its integrity destroyed.”
Mr Reynolds had amassed 60 weapons used in Bond films while writing a book about the history if the long-running series. He planned to showcase the stolen weapons in a national exhibition.
Mr Reynolds believes that the gang were lured in after spotting an Aston Martin, the car most associated with 007 movies, on his driveway.
No arrests have been made.