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Bond Lifestyle's 10 Year Anniversary

16 December, 2015

On October 24th 2015, amidst the SPECTRE screenings and premieres, the Bond Lifestyle website was exactly 10 years old!

2005
10 years ago, on October 14th 2005, Daniel Craig was announced to be the 6th James Bond actor. On October 23 that year Daniel Craig signed the contract. That same week, the Bond Lifestyle website was launched. In the years that followed, Bond Lifestyle has become the ultimate resource for sophisticated Bond living and the most visited Bond fan website in the world.

Design
The design of the website has not changed much since 2005. The basic layout is the same (see design below) but the website did get a major technical overhaul in early 2012, also updating the design slightly.

See below the first design sketch of the Bond Lifestyle website in October 2005 (click to enlarge):

bond lifestyle first design sketch 2005

The first desing sketch for the website in October 2005

The logo was quickly changed to the logo that is still used today, but the rest of the layout is basically the same as the final website.

Some of the first products added to the website were the Bentley 4,5 Litre Supercharged by Amherst Villiers, Swaine Adeney Brigg case, S.T. Dupont 007 bullet cufflinks, Omega Seamaster 300M Chronometer 2531.80.00.

A screenshot from January 2009 shows the website layout that was used from 2005 - 2012:

Bond Lifestyle design used from 2005-2012

In April 2012, the website was updated to its current design: slightly bigger, more sleek and added functionality. A promotional image of the launch at the time (click to enlarge):

bond lifestyle 2012 new website launch

Updated Bond Lifestyle website launch in April 2012

Anniversary Limited Editions
Celebrating the 4th anniversary in 2009, a silk Bond Lifestyle tie was released and available for €10 / $15 / £9.50. Only 100 of these ties were released.

Bon dLifestyle tie

The following year 2010, for the 5th anniversary, Bond Lifestyle released a limited edition deck of Bond Lifestyle Poker cards for €12 / $15 / £10, made by Cartamundi, the same producer of the poker cards and chips in Casino Royale and SkyFall.

bond lifestyle cards

Of these cards, 500 decks, individually numbered, were released.

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary, Bond Lifestyle will once again release a limited edition item! More on this will be announced soon. The availablity of this surprise anniversary item will be extremely limited, so stay tuned.

bond lifestyle 10 year anniversary

Better late than never: the new limited edition item will soon be revealed

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
In 2010, Bond Lifestyle joined social media and currently has more than 138,000 Facebook followers, 6,600 followers on Twitter and 13,500 followers on Instagram.

Competitions
Over the years, Bond Lifestyle organised almost 40 competitions, giving away high value Bond related prizes including N.Peal sweaters, Orlebar Brown sets, John Smedley shopping sprees, books, signed memorabilia, Dents gloves, Floris perfumes, and much much more. See an overview of the most recent contests here and don't forget to enter the latest contest to win an N.Peal sweater here.

Thank you!

Bond Lifestyle wants to thank fans from around the world, for the support, input and suggestions! Special thanks to participants of the AJB007.co.uk and CommanderBond.net forums, Simon Ruzgar, David Zaritsky (Bond Experience), Ajay Chowdhury (Some Kind of Hero), Ben Williams (MI6), Mark O'Connell (Catching Bullets) Anders Frejdh (From Sweden With Love), Martijn Mulder (On The Tracks of 007), Jeff W (Station C), Merlijn Kuiper (and the James Bond Nederland crew), Bernard Vandendriesche (Bernard Wines), Joseph Darlington (BeingJamesBond), Wolfgang Thürauf, Andreas Pott and Benjamin Lind and members of the German Bond Club, Markus (BondToys.de), Ed Maggiani (SpyBoys), Paul Kyriazi (Living the James Bond Lifestyle), Dell Deaton (jamesbondwatches.com), Neil Alcock (Incredible Suit), W. Adam Mandelbaum Esq., Rainer H, Luc LeClech (James Bond France), Richard & Leslie Skillman (ThemePartyPeople), Paul Wynn, Alan Davidson, Andy and Gareth (Bondstars.com), Michael Hackl (007collector.com), David Mason (Anthony Sinclair) Morten Steingrimsen, David Leigh (James Bond Dossier), Marcos Kontze (James Bond Brazil), Daniel Guelde, Bill Bokunic, Joe Silock, Markus Hartmann, Harris Thomas, Andrea Mattiazzo, Brad Hansen and Athena Stamos, Matt Spaiser, Benjamin Lind, Paul Kyriazi, Allen Hilburn, Robert Scheidemann, Edward Coffrini Dell'Orto, Frank Anderson, Onno van Braam and Sam Asaert.

Bond Lifestyle is an unofficial information resource and is not linked to the official James Bond production companies. SPECTRE © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Danjaq, LLC and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved. 007 Gun Logo, James Bond, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, SkyFall, SPECTRE and all other James Bond related trademarks © 1962-2015 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation.

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