FIFTEEN years to the month after a Fife entrepreneur and 007 fan named his firm after Bond villain Scaramanga, he is now celebrating supplying two of its products to the new movie No Time to Die.

Carl Morenikeji quit his corporate job in September 2006 and started his own business designing and selling his own range of vintage-style leather bags.

Having been a fan of James Bond since he was 10, he decided to name the Cupar shop Scaramanga – after Francisco Scaramanga, the villain in the 1974 movie The Man with the Golden Gun – because it would fit well with the vintage and retro products he was planning to sell.

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Now, Morenikeji is looking forward to seeing the new movie, which is released in the UK tomorrow, because his company supplied two of its products as movie props.

Scaramanga sold two of its large, brass vintage padlocks to one of the film’s prop buyers in May 2019, but didn’t know when or where they were used, until Morenikeji worked it out.

This is the 14th Hollywood or major UK movie in nine years to use the company’s wares as props – including The Hobbit, Paddington 2, Mama Mia! Here We Go Again, Maleficent and Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil and Dumbo.

Earlier this month, Mark Wahlberg’s sci-fi thriller Infinite used four metal chairs supplied by Scaramanga.

Supplying No Time to Die is the third time Scaramanga has sold its products to someone connected to the Bond franchise – in 2012, Sir Christopher Lee bought a wooden chest from them.

The firm has also supplied vintage and antique props for TV shows including Strictly Come Dancing, Peaky Blinders, The Crystal Maze and Celebrity Big Brother.

To celebrate its own dream movie deal, Scaramanga has created a spy movie-inspired virtual intelligence-gathering challenge on its website, with a £50 voucher for the winner.

Budding spooks will have to visit the website to walk around the Matterport 360 virtual tour of its Cupar HQ, created by 360 Virtual Studios, to hunt for physical clues to some of the films its products have appeared in.

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From tomorrow until Monday they can email in what they’ve spotted – to be entered in a draw of correct entries on Tuesday.

Morenikeji, Scaramanga’s managing director, said: “When I worked out which film the order was for, I was overjoyed.

“As a lifelong James Bond fan, having the movie use two of my company’s products really is a dream come true and the perfect 15th birthday gift for everyone in the team.

“We’ve seen our products used in many film and TV productions over the years, but this is very special.”