1962 was the year of the first ever Bond film, Dr No, signalling the start of one of the world’s most recognised film franchises. It was also the year that The Macallan 1962 was distilled on Speyside, Scotland, so for the 50 years of James Bond and its franchise the Macallan has announced its intention to donate a bottle of The Macallan 1962 from its Fine and Rare collection to be auctioned for charity.
The auction is set to take place at Sotheby’s in London, as part of the company’s Finest & Rarest Wines sale on 17 April 2013. All proceeds from the auction of this lot will benefit the Government Communications Fund (GC Fund) that support former and serving members of GCHQ facing hardship and distress. The Macallan 1962 bottle will feature a unique signed label including signatures of Bond himself, Daniel Craig along with Javier Bardem and Bérénice Marlohe.
The Macallan was founded in 1824 and become one of the world’s most admired and awarded single malt whiskies. The reputation of The Macallan is based on a product of outstanding quality and distinctive character, founded upon a set of guiding principles, the Six Pillars. The Macallan is well known for its great range of vintage whiskies, dating back to 1926, and is considered the most sought after of all single malts among collectors and connoisseurs at auction.
In November 2010, The Macallan set a staggering new Guinness World Record for the most expensive whisky sold at auction. The Macallan in Lalique 64 year old Cire Perdue was sold for $460,000 and every single penny of this was donated to charity.