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Autumn Guide Bond Lifestyle
Stink and Grow Rich - The Wealthy Villains of Bond

Besides the Martinis, girls and guns, one of the coolest features of any Bond novel or film, is the bad guy opposing Bond.

They are often men of wealth and taste, and in this article we shall do a little investigating into the investments, occupations, and maneuvers that made these malicious men rich and powerful, and worthy opponents of 007.

Live And Let Fry - Bond Eats

Now any reader of the Bond novels, any viewer of the movies knows that James Bond maintains a dangerous lifestyle. Bullets, bombs, barracuda, sharks and other creepy crawly monsters under the sea, missiles, poisoned knives, centipedes, and other evil wicked things all conspire to send double o seven to double o heaven.

But one clear and present danger often ignored is what Bond eats.

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.

 

So there’s no mistake, we are not dealing with the movie here, we are dealing with Ian Fleming’s short story. It has perhaps the least excitement of any of his Bond tales - it’s all basically a story about a married couple’s downfall being told to Bond in a stodgy Nassau country club by an elderly civil servant. Yep, that’s it.

 

From April 29 - May 10th 2008, the Bond film crew settled in the town of Bregenz, Austria, to film the Tosca Opera scene for Quantum of Solace. Bond Lifestyle's Remmert van Braam was lucky enough to be on the set as an extra.

 

Bond has just enjoyed getting into “training” with Jill Masterson—an Iron Horse ride from Miami to New York, paid for courtesy of Auric Goldfinger. On dropping off Jill at Pennsylvania Station, Bond reflects “Some love is fire, some love is rust, but the finest cleanest love is lust.”

 

One of the things about James Bond is he is careful. Careful about what he eats, drinks, smokes, and also about the people he befriends. So should you be.

Art in SkyFall

Several famous paintings and a poem are featured prominently in the 2012 movie SkyFall. Some are allegorical, used to emphasize the SkyFall's underlying theme of Old versus New, and others are nods to the real world.

 

After having survived two hours and twenty three minutes of viewing SkyFall, I have selected perhaps the only passage in Thunderball wherein we get a glimpse of the Bond Brain. It bears on both movies and people.

 

Fifty years ago this was the first film for Bond, so in honor of a half century of cinematic 007 we will turn the Bond Brain to Dr. No, but by the book, not the film, for our purposes.

 

This interview with Young Bond author Charlie Higson is an excerpt from the book Becoming Bond by Jason Wain.

“The smell and noise and confusion of a hallway full of schoolboys can be quite awful at twenty past seven in the morning”

– Charlie Higson, Silverfin

 

Nico Knüpfer and his girlfriend Janette made this photo reportage of their visit of Casino Royale filming locations in the center of Prague.

 

In this installment of The Bond Brain we read our tarot cards, cast our spells, avoid getting chomped on by sharks, and learn how to Live it Up (but not let die).

 

After looking at the Bond Brain in the Casino Royale novel, we continue with the Bond Brain as evidenced by quotes from the Fleming novels. In this installment, we not only quote 007, but the late and lamented Darko Kerim, the Brit’s man in Istanbul in From Russia With Love.

 

We continue our journey through the books to glean wisdom from the Bond Brain, and in this installment, we shall fill a rather sensuous but cynical basket of goodies from Casino Royale.

 

In this series of articles, we are going to take a look at the Bond brain as it manifests in the books, and see what useful lessons we can learn in applying Bond brain techniques in our own missions. As Casino Royale was the first Fleming novel, so shall that be our first stop.

 

Besides the martinis, girls and guns, one of the fascinating features of the James Bond Lifestyle is the experiences of international travel.

 

More than just a simple novelty in James Bond's arsenal is the ASP, which replaced his famous Walther PPK as his favorite sidearm during the later 1980s novels written by John Gardner and up through the mid 1990s novel

 

In Part I and Part II of 'Skiing', we explored the basic expectations of your first experience with skiing. We discussed ways to prepare for your first day on the slopes, including how to get into shape, and what clothing you should wear to keep you warm and dry. We talked about what you can expect when you arrive at the ski resort, weighed the options for choosing your equipment, and we touched on the fundamentals of skiing. Now, it's time to strap on your skis and hit the slopes.