Getting the Crockett & Jones Camberley shoes

Once more I visit the luxurious Crockett & Jones boutique in Jermyn Street, London. This time I'm here for the black double monk strap Camberley boot, Bond's shoe of choice with his mafia style outfit in the Rome scenes in SPECTRE.

Dusko Popov Lifestyle

Larry Loftis explores the lifestyle of Dusko Popov, the man who inspired Ian Fleming for Bond.

James Bond. Mere mention of the name conjures up vivid images of finely-tailored suits, fast cars, and beautiful women. Just as Ian Fleming - Bond's creator - would have it, no doubt.

Casino Estoril James Bond

Seventy-five years ago this week - between August 4 and 9, 1941, to be exact - James Bond was born.

Blades at Hush Mayfair

For Bond fans, the name Blades is famous for being M's private member's club in some of the Ian Fleming James Bond novels. Now it is also an exclusive dining destination and cocktail bar part of Hush Mayfair, a restaurant co-founded by Sir Roger Moore. Bond Lifestyle was invited to wine and dine at this stylish establishment.

David Brown Speedback GT

The spirit of 1960s classic cars like the Aston Martin DB5 lives on in the form of a brand new sportscar, the David Brown Speedback GT. I was able to have a close look at this beautiful automobile in the temporary showroom in Chelsea, London.

Closing credits: SPECTRE

In this article we take a look at the brands, companies, products, locations and people that are mentioned in the closing credits at the end of a Bond film. The end credits sometimes reveal interesting and hidden facts.

This episode: the closing credits of SPECTRE.

Leon Paul fencing equipment in Die Another Day

The fencing equipment and training for the fencing and sword fight scene in Die Another Day (2002) was provided by Leon Paul, a London based fencing equipment manufacturer.

Crockett & Jones shoes - Bond Liestyle Made In Britain

James Bond, the ultimate British Secret Agent, is known for his good taste. Agent 007 saves the world in British tailor made suits and shirts, drives and destroys British luxury cars and superyachts where ever he goes, and calms down at the end of a long day in the field with a shot of Scotch whisky in a British crystal tumbler.

John Smedley Bobby - Bond Lifestyle Made In Britain

James Bond, the ultimate British Secret Agent, is known for his good taste. Agent 007 saves the world in British tailor made suits and shirts, drives and destroys British luxury cars and superyachts where ever he goes, and calms down at the end of a long day in the field with a shot of Scotch whisky in a British crystal tumbler.

Cumbria Crystal – Bond Lifestyle Made In Britain

James Bond, the ultimate British Secret Agent, is known for his good taste. Agent 007 saves the world in British tailor made suits and shirts, drives and destroys British luxury cars and superyachts where ever he goes, and calms down at the end of a long day in the field with a shot of Scotch whisky in a British crystal tumbler.

Buyer's guide to the GoldenEye James Bond BMW Z3

If you want to drive like 007, chances are you’ll have to spend big bucks. But for those of lacking the coin to put us in a Lotus or an Aston, there’s a surprisingly affordable alternative that’s nearly as stylish and timeless as James Bond himself. That would be the BMW Z3 that featured 20 years ago in the Pierce Brosnan debut GoldenEye.

Ultimate cool: the Baracuta G9 jacket

Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, Frank Sinatra, Daniel Craig, Jason Statham, they all have worn the same jacket: the Baracuta G9 Harrington jacket. In Guy Ritchie’s latest action film The Man From U.N.C.L.E. the Baracuta is once again prominently featured as the ultimately cool jacket.

Sean Connery's Bond Lifestyle

Sean Connery was the first actor to portray James Bond in the EON produced 007 films, and the Scot has been living the Bond Lifestyle ever since, from taking residence in the Bahamas and playing golf wearing his Slazenger sweater to driving a fast BMW. Connery also lend his image to promote Louis Vuitton, several whisky brands, and Citroën cars.

Bahamas

Visiting the Admiral Hotel, a Bond inspired hotel in Milan, Italy

When I had to go to Milan for a mission, I decided to stay at the Admiral Hotel in Milan (visit website). I reached out to my contact in Italy, hotel owner Edward Dell'Orto, a passionate Bond fan who definitely lives the Bond Lifestyle.

Operation: Thunderball  S.P.E.C.T.R.E. tow sled

In the movie Thunderball (1965), SPECTRE’s plan for world domination was thwarted by Agent 007 James Bond leading an underwater squad of Para-Marines against a legion of SPECTRE agents led by Emilio Largo.

Shooting the Bond handguns in Switzerland

On my way to the Goldfinger Reloaded event in Andermatt, I first make a two day stop in Zürich for an underground mission.

Three top Bond outfits

I was asked by the website Country Attire to name three of my favourite Bond outfits. There are many great outfits to choose from but here is my selection.

The Stages of Bond Life

When we read the Fleming novels, or watch the movies, we get the idea of a 007 somewhere between his late thirties and early forties—depending on which book we read or movie we see. We might say that there is a special decade to be Bond at his best—between thirty five and forty five.

Ordering Church's shoes online

Before shopping at Crockett & Jones for a pair of Tetbury shoes, I was in the process of ordering two pair of Church's shoes online, the Enmore and Diplomat models.

Shaken or Stirred The Art of the Martini

“The waiter brought the Martinis, shaken and not stirred, as Bond had stipulated, and some slivers of lemon peel in a wine glass. Bond twisted two of them and let them sink to the bottom of his drink.”

Stepping into Bond shoes at Crockett Jones

On a crisp Sunday morning in January I am visiting the London flagship boutique of shoe maker Crockett & Jones, the company that provided James Bond's footwear in the movie SkyFall, to get a pair of these high quality shoes.

Getting the Anthony Sinclair three-piece suit from Goldfinger

One of the most famous James Bond suits is the three-piece grey suit worn by Sean Connery in the film Goldfinger (1964), recently even chosen as the second greatest suit in film history by Esquire (just after Cary Grant's suit in North by Northwest).

 

The license plate found in the dead body of a tiger shark in the classic Steven Spielberg movie Jaws (1975) seems to contain more than one reference to the James Bond movie Live And Let Die (1973). A coincidence, or Spielberg's subtle open solicitation for directorship of the next Bond film?

Comparing the Barbour Beacon Heritage X To Ki To Sports Jacket and the Barbour Dept. B Commander

Of all the products and clothes in SkyFall (2012), the most popular and sought after might be the olive green Barbour Beacon Heritage X To Ki To Sports Jacket worn by James Bond in the Scotland scenes.

 

Once again we turn to the short stories of Fleming to see what advice we can glean to feed the Bond Brain. Let’s turn to Risico, a lesser known short story, first. Probably won’t ever see that as a movie title, but there’s plenty of bang bang in this one, with some memorable characters.

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