Most men are smitten with James Bond’s state-of-the-art gadgets, luxurious sports cars, cutting-edge watches or fast speedboats but imagine the pride in owning one of 007′s famous bachelor pads. Now, a lavish mansion that was the setting to 1971 Sean Connery’s Diamonds are Forever has hit the market for just £6 million. It seems as too small a price to pay for such piece of movie history. And if the Bond franchise enigma is not enough – the spectacular mansion has also been the setting of photo shoots for Playboy magazine, which is fitting since it is being marketed as “the ultimate bachelor pad”.
Designed by John Lautner, the flamboyant property is often rented by celebrities of the ranks of Beyonce and Jay-Z for high-profile parties for its panoramic views and many spoils. It consists of five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a large gym, and a swimming pool and has a distinctive architectural appeal with its round rooms, large open spaces, wooden floors and the infamous cone-shaped roof of the living room, where the Bond scene was filmed. The living room also incorporates rocks as it opens onto to an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace with panoramic view of Palm Springs and the San Jacinto Peak.
The futuristic house is often described as a “residential sculpture” due to its architectural aesthetics as well as cinematic location on a craggy ridge at the south end of Palm Springs, allowing it to incorporate huge, natural boulders as walls and room dividers.
The central accent is, undoubtedly, the circular living room – 60 feet in diameter that is situated under a vaulted, conical dome ceiling with nine angled concrete petals between nine wedge-shaped clerestory windows that flood the room with natural light. A vast, curved wall of smoked glass opens at the touch of a button and converts the house into a gigantic open-air patio with panoramic desert, city, and mountain views.