For those who remember 2003’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen -- and whatever number of them look upon it fondly -- a noteworthy piece of paraphernalia from the film is being auctioned off. The Nautilus car belonging to Naseeruddin Shah's Captain Nemo is up for auction through Prop Store Ultimate Movie Collectibles in Europe.
The item, designed by award-winning production designer and frequent David Cronenberg collaborator Carol Spier, is the working version of two used in the film and still runs despite wear and tear. Unfortunately, the car is not street legal, so this buy is for collectors only. Bidding is in the range of £40,000-60,000.
Anyone who saw the film will remember that the Nautilus car, referred to only as an “automobile,” was Nemo and the League’s means of transport on land. When they reached the streets of Venice, Tom Sawyer (Shane West), Allan Quartermain (Sean Connery) and Mina Harker (Peta Wilson) commandeered the ride for a car chase with Moriarty’s men.
Directed by Blade director Stephen Norrington, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was based on a series of graphic novels by Alan Moore, Ben Dimagmaliw and Kevin O’Neill. It starred Sean Connery, Shane West, Naseeruddin Shah, Peta Wilson, Stuart Townsend, Tony Curran, Jason Flemyng and Richard Roxburgh.
The film's reception was mixed. The film was widely panned and is still perceived as a dud, getting a 17% score on Rotten Tomatoes. However, it made over $179 million on a budget of $78 million.
To date, League is Connery's final movie and the last major project helmed by Norrington.