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The 1976 screenplay for Warhead, a planned 007 outing penned by Sir Sean Connery, author Len Deighton and producer Kevin McClory, has sold at auction for £46,850, the BBC reports.

The ill-fated project, eventually scuppered by legal issues, would have wowed the crowds with a classic roster of characters including Blofeld, Leiter, Moneypenny, M and Q, sharing the screen with Bond girls Justine Lovesit and Fatima Blush.

The plot splendidly involved Bond thwarting "robot sharks attempting to plant a nuclear bomb in sewers underneath New York".

As the Beeb notes, Connery eventually resurfaced in 1983's Never Say Never Again, which also saw Barbara Carrera strut her stuff as the aforementioned Ms Blush.

The screenplay went under the hammer at Christie's Pop Culture: Entertainment Memorabilia auction in London. It had been expected to go for a modest £3,000, but the eventual selling price prompted Christie's Katherine Williams to comment: "Numerous lots far exceeded pre-sale expectations, demonstrating the continued appeal and durability of the pop culture market." ®

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