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Sunspel Ian Fleming Collection for Her Majesty’s Sartorial Service

Sunspel, the brand singularly responsible for catapulting Daniel Craig’s well-sculpted biceps into cinematic history, has now released a new Ian Fleming Collection worthy of the creator of the super suave super spy.

The Sunspel brand has become synonymous with the quintessential style of James Bond ever since the maison tailored original polo shirts for Daniel Craig to wear in his role as 007 in Casino Royale; and it has been a relationship which has continued through subsequent sequels since.

“There have been so many different characters in film and theatre that I have dressed in Sunspel vests, t-shirts and underwear because they are classic, timeless and beautifully made. This time, dressing Daniel Craig as the new James Bond, I thought that it would be a perfect collaboration of quality and Britishness to ask Sunspel to create all his t-shirts, polo shirts and underwear, which they duly did so excellently. He looks very sexy and happy in their clothing.” – Lindy Hemming

Handsome and poised, the Sunspel Riviera Polo Shirt shares more than a few of Bond’s finer qualities. When Academy Award winning costume designer, Lindy Hemming, asked the brand to design a polo to be worn by Craig in his role as Bond in Casino Royale, it took a house 1950s staple and entered into cinematic sartorial history.

The Riviera Polo Shirt is made from our, warp knit cotton fabric invented in the 1950s by Peter Hill, the grandson of the company’s founder. Unsatisfied with the pique polo shirts that were available at the time, he sought to create a version that would be cool and comfortable to wear in the hot summer sun of the Riviera. He drew on the knowledge of the local industry to develop a fabric on lace making machines that was soft, light and breathable.

The entire Riviera polo shirt – including the collar and the single chest pocket – is made from the mesh fabric. The result is a polo that has an understated, practical feel without decoration or showiness.

New Sunspel Ian Fleming Collection for Her Majesty’s Sartorial Service

The new Sunspel Ian Fleming collection includes tees, button-ups, polos, and even cardigans, all made from Fleming’s favourite material – Sea Island Cotton. The Sunspel Ian Fleming collection takes its aesthetic cues from Fleming’s own resortwear sensibilities during his jaunts at Goldeneye, his private Jamaican retreat. Taking inspiration from the 1950s once more, the new Ian Fleming collection features the Dr. No Connery-esque colourways of light blue, white and gunmetal grey for wannabe 007s on Her Majesty’s Sartorial Service. It’s sophisticated but undeniably super-spy understated. Sunspel’s special collection is definitely a great homage to the world’s most beloved MI6 agent.

Prices start US$145. Shop at www.sunspel.com


Paris Motor Show Exhibits Iconic Screen Cars

If the cars on the silver screen and telly have captured your attention more that the protagonists themselves, then this is one exhibition you need to include to your Paris itinerary. Happening from October 1 – 16, the “Moteur! L’automobile fait son cinéma” (“Action! Cars from the movies”) exhibition is held in tandem with the Paris Motor Show, and will stage some of the most iconic cars audiences have seen.


The Chevrolet Camaro from “Transformers”

These include the Jeep Wrangler from Jurassic Park, Chevrolet Camaro from Transformers, Plymouth Fury from Christine (main image and a tasty classic treat) and the Alfa Spider Duetto from The Graduate. And if James Bond’s exclusively manufactured Aston Martin DB10 took your breath away in Spectre, we’re certain seeing it in the flesh (or metal) will leave you in awe.


The Citroën DS from “The Mentalist”

The Citroën DS 21 from The Mentalist will also go on show. The classic car – heralded with the nickname “Goddess” – was widely known for being technically superior for its time and highly distinctive with its inimitable curves.


James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 from “Spectre”
© Aston Martin

Happening at Hall 8 of the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition center, the retrospective event is the brainchild of many dedicated organizations – British carmaker Aston Martin, together with French film and TV studio distributor Canal+, the French federation of cinema stunt doubles (Fédération des cascadeurs français du cinéma – FCFC), the French federation of historical vehicles (Fédération française des véhicules d’époque – FFVE) and France’s national audiovisual institute (Institut national de l’audiovisuel – INA), which holds French radio and TV archives. If you’re visiting the Paris Motor Show anyway, this is a worthy side attraction.

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The Jeep Wrangler Sahara from “Jurassic Park”


Guide: What Makes A Car A Classic?

The Concours is every classic car enthusiast’s most important event of the year. But classics aren’t only limited to cars from the pre-war era; many of the world’s greatest road and racing cars are pedigrees in the industry for their unparalleled performance and historic wins.


The original BMW M3

So what makes a classic, well, a classic? Jaguar’s Tony O’Keefe defines it as a car’s that has been “out of production for 10 years”, a period which the company is obliged to supply parts and components after the life cycle of the car. This theory would work well if the car in question is a Jaguar XK8, a grand tourer that officially achieved that status this year. However, McKeel Hagerty – CEO of classic car valuations and insurance company Hagerty – begs to differ.

He believes that a car’s classic status should be determined by its emotional value instead of age. “It’s a desirable vehicle, the ‘fun car you don’t have to have’ versus a vehicle being valued for its transportation utility,” he says.


The Jaguar XJ-S is starting to climb in value.

And the list goes on. “Nostalgia, family ownership, performance, visual appeal or historical significance just to name a few. The ‘cool factor’ and aspirations of being like a long-time pop culture icon, such as Steve McQueen or James Bond, can also greatly influence attraction.” True enough, the McQueen effect continues to live on within classic car circles till this day. From the Jaguar XKSS to the Porsche 930 Turbo (main image), the “King of Cool” was legendary for influencing car sales.


The Ford Mustang is the fastest selling car in US history, yet is also one of the most popular collector cars.

A car’s rarity might also give rise to a higher emotional appeal. “Usually a car becomes a classic if it’s a relatively low-volume car from a reliable and established manufacturer,” says O’Keeffe. “A car like a Ford Fiesta doesn’t automatically become a classic because of the volume of production.” But there are always exceptions; the 1964 Ford Mustang being the fastest selling car in U.S. history hasn’t detered O’Keefe from making it his favorite car. “That is where the emotions of a brand get to you and add a bit more to it. Classic cars are an emotional decision, it’s the heart not the wallet that makes the choice.”


The 1990 Honda Acura NSX

Some of the signs that indicate a car has achieved collectible status is its price. “Once a vehicle’s value has hit the bottom of the normal depreciation curve and begins to trend back upward above the rate of inflation you know there is growing interest in the marketplace,” explains Hagerty. The U.S. market has seen a diverse range of cars that have spiked in price. According to Hagerty, third-generation Chevrolet C/K pickups and Jeep CJ-7s have been surprisingly popular over the past few months; the Porsche 944 and Nissan 300ZX are leading in the sports cars department. His latest vehicle rating report also reveals that the original Honda Acura NSX, 1986 BMW M3 and Jaguar XJ-S are progressively making an emotional connection that could well earn them modern classic car status in the near future.

Unique Aston Martin DB10 Sold for $3.4m

Picture yourself sitting in the driver’s seat of the exceedingly rare Aston Martin DB10, humming the theme music of James Bond as you conquer a corner in style. As it happens, the car shared screen time with James Bond as he navigated the adrenaline-filled plot in Spectre. Rare as the DB10 is (only 10 were made), you can only dream of driving it but, for one determined collector, dreams came true. At a thrilling auction at Christie’s in London, the only DB10 made available for public sale fetched a stunning £2,434,500 ($3,476,466). This is almost £1 million above the high end of the estimate, as we reported here. The auction saw the car go under the hammer with 10 other lots, which together made up a curated collection called “James Bond Spectre –The Live Auction”.Aston-Martin-Db-10-1

This piece of automotive history is a celebration of the five-decade relationship that Aston Martin has enjoyed with Bond. The car also hints at what we can expect from the brand in future. Of the 10 cars that were handcrafted at the brand’s Gaydon headquarters, eight were modified for the filming of the movie. The other two were kept in pristine condition, which allowed for Christie’s to put one up for auction.Aston-Martin-DB-10

All proceeds of the sale were donated to the international humanitarian aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières, otherwise known as Doctors without Borders, which provides medical care and support to victims of armed conflict, epidemics and disasters. Aside from the DB10, a further 14 lots are available in the online sale that runs till February 23 to celebrate the release of the 24th Bond film on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD.

Christie’s to Auction James Bond Memorabilia

The Internet is making a lot of noise about this auction of James Bond memorabilia. If you want an Aston Martin DB10 this might be your best (possibly only) chance. Auctions will be held February 18 in London and online between February 16 and 23 offering a number of exclusive items from Spectre, the 24th film in the Bond franchise.

The live auction will include 10 lots of secret-agent memorabilia and highlights of the sale including a Aston Martin DB10 and other donations from the studio and actors. One of the 10 Aston Martin DB10 cars used in the filming, the lot comes with a signed license plate by actor Daniel Craig and is estimated to fetch between 1 million and 1.5 million pounds sterling. The Omega Seamaster 300 watch worn by Craig in Spectre will also be sold at auction.

Proceeds from the sale will be given to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and other charities.

Aston Martin DB10 Spectre

Omega Spectre Seamaster

Aston Martin Vanquish vs Aston Martin DB5

Shanghai, where old meets new every day, is the perfect foil for an encounter between the Aston Martin Vanquish and the Aston Martin DB5; nose to nose in elegant harmony, composed by photographer Andy Wee for our friends at Yacht Style. Also, the latest Bond film, Spectre, is out now so that gives us another reason to revisit the DB5… Aston Martin’s silver DB5, the iconic bond car,  made its first appearance in Goldfinger in 1964, and began a relationship that has lasted 50 years. With a six-liter V12 engine, the Aston Martin Vanquish has the acceleration of a Grand Prix racing car. The Aston Martin DB5 is super light, and is paired with a state-of-the-art engine that still impresses five decades later.








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Photography by Andy Wee

Roger Moore Bond Rolex to be auctioned in Geneva

A vintage Rolex Submariner that had a starring role in the James Bond movie “Live and Let Die” is set to go under the hammer in Switzerland November 7.

The wristwatch was made in 1972 and shot to fame a year later when Roger Moore used its powers to escape myriad dangerous situations, to the delight of 1 billion viewers. As well as being able to cut through rope, the watch featured a hyper-intensified magnetic field with the ability to deflect bullets and even boasted a magnetic reach capable of unzipping dresses and catching spoons from coffee saucers.

The iconic watch comes signed inside the caseback “Roger Moore 007”, and is expected to fetch 150,000 – 250,000 Swiss Francs (approximately $151,000 – $252,000) when it goes up for auction on November 7 at the Geneva Watch Auction: Two.

Other covetable and collectable timepieces going on sale during the prestigious event include a distinctive Rolex Daytona “Solo Quicksilver”, which was made in 1968 and is fitted with a potentially unique dial with only the word ‘Rolex’ printed at 12 o’clock. It is expected to sell for 250,000 – 500,000 Swiss Francs (around $252,000 – $504,000). An Hermès Cosmograph Daytona watch featuring a “Paul Newman” black dial with gold registers and gilt writing and an “Hermès” stamp on its outer case back first sold on November 30, 1971 is also on the listing, and is expected to raise 300,000 – 600,000 Swiss Francs (approximately $302,000 – $605,000).

The Geneva Watch Auction Two, run by Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo, will comprise around 200 collectable watches. The event will be preceded by the Only Watch Charity Auction, which includes 44 one-of-a-kind timepieces created especially to raise profits for research on the neuromuscular disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). 

The Geneva Watch Auction: Two will run from November 7-8 and is estimated to realize over $14 million.

Aston Martin DB10

Behind the scenes with James Bond and Aston Martin

Daniel Craig shares his thoughts on the new Aston Martin DB10 in the latest “Spectre” teaser video.

The new clip, released Thursday, gives both Bond and Aston fans their biggest hint yet at what to expect from the car when it appears in the 24th official Bond film later this month.

Regarding the DB10, built specifically for the film, Craig describes the car as feeling right and looking like a proper Bond car.

The special effects and stunt department also confirm that this will be the first Aston Martin since Craig took up the mantle of the world’s favorite fictional British secret agent to come gadget laden.

In an interview with the British press over the weekend, “Spectre” stunt coordinator Gary Powell confirmed that he and his team had destroyed £24 million worth of cars in creating the film’s action scenes including seven of the 10 specially built Aston Martins.

“Spectre” will hit British cinema screens on October 26 and will be released globally in November.

Aston Martin DB10

Heineken commercial

WATCH Heineken’s New James Bond Ad

Heineken has unveiled a new TV spot titled “The Chase” which features Daniel Craig as James Bond in a high speed boat chase.


The ad was created by Wieden & Kennedy Amsterdam. It was released on Facebook today and will air on TV and in cinemas from tomorrow.

The spot opens on Craig, who plays Bond in Spectre, jumping into a speedboat to evade some villains. A young woman, who is preparing for a waterskiing lesson, gets mixed up in the chase because she is attached to Bond’s boat. She ends up foiling the villains for the spy and manages to acquire a couple of bottles of Heineken, to boot.

Heineken commercial

Footage of Hervé Villechaize, who played the henchman Nick Nack in The Man With The Golden Gun but died in 1993, has also been inserted into the ad as a cameo role. Read the story @campaignlive.co.uk.

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond

James Bond exhibit comes to The Peninsula Hong Kong


For fans of the world’s most famous spy, The Peninsula Hong Kong will be hosting an “All About Bond at The Peninsula” exhibit that traces the many cinematic faces of the MI6 agent throughout the years, as seen through the lens of O’Neill, photographer to the stars.

Photos include classic black and white portraits of Roger Moore, Sean Connery, along with Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, who reprises his role as Bond for the fourth time in “Spectre.”

Roger Moore and his James Bond girls

A selection of Bond girls will likewise be on display.

The Peninsula has long had ties to the Bond franchise. In 1974, The Man with the Golden Gun was partly filmed at the hotel, and the cast and crew (including Roger Moore) stayed there during the filming.

The Peninsula will also host a VIP Artist Talk with O’Neill on November 4 at their Felix restaurant. Later in the evening, Gaddi’s will host an exclusive “License to Thrill” VIP champagne-pairing dinner with Bollinger champagne, which is often featured in the Bond movies.

For fans looking to live like Bond for a few days, the hotel has created “A Bond-worthy Stay” package that includes dinner for two at their French restaurant Gaddi’s, a pair of “Shaken Not Stirred” cocktails, chauffeured rides in a Rolls-Royce, and a bottle of the Bollinger Spectre champagne.

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond

The Peninsula’s gala dinner will be held November 4. Tickets are $3,288 HKD ($425). The exhibit runs November 4 to December 10.

The Bond hotel package is available between November 1 and November 30 and is priced at $8,740 HKD ($1,130 USD) a night.

The Peninsula Hong Kong

New James Bond cars

Bond’s new Jaguar, Land Rover presented at Frankfurt

New James Bond cars

Three new vehicles set to feature in upcoming Bond film “Spectre” were on hand at a September 15 soirée coinciding with the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Jaguar C-X75 supercar Spectre

The Jaguar C-X75 hybrid electric supercar was first unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show but cancelled before a limited run ever made it off the production line.

Land Rover Defender and Range Rover Sport SVR

It appeared alongside the Range Rover Sport SVR and Land Rover Defender, both of which roll on immense 37-inch off-road tires.

Land Rover Defender Spectre

British singer John Newman, “Spectre” actor Dave Bautista, as well as German actresses Hannah Herzsprung, Anja Kling and Alexandra Maria Lara were among those attending the event alongside design and management staff from Tata Motors subsidiary Jaguar Land Rover.

Range Rover Sport SVR spectre

“Spectre” director Sam Mendes had unveiled another British supercar, the Aston Martin DB10, at a Pinewood Studios event in December 2014.

Aston Martin DB10

Daniel Craig Spectre

Tom Ford dressing James Bond in ‘Spectre’

Daniel Craig Spectre

American designer Tom Ford is once again set to suit up Daniel Craig for his role as James Bond in the upcoming film “Spectre.”

The brand announced that Ford worked closely with the film’s costume designer, Jany Temime, to provide eveningwear, suits, shirts, knitwear, ties, accessories and exclusive eyewear for the James Bond character.


“James Bond epitomizes the Tom Ford man in his elegance, style and love of luxury. It is an honor to move forward with this iconic character,” said Ford.

Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition

Aston Martin launching limited DB9 GT Bond Edition

Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition

 has is celebrating the release of Spectre movie with the launch of the limited DB9 GT Bond Edition, limited to 150 examples.

Using the 6.0-liter, V12-engined grand tourer — the most powerful DB9 to date — as its starting point, the special edition adds Spectre Silver paint, sterling silver Aston Martin badges on the front and rear, and “007 Bond Edition” exterior badging.

Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition back

Inside, it features numbered sill plaques with the 007 logo, gun barrel embroidery and a Bond Edition start-up screen on the infotainment system.

A suite of Bond-themed accessories complete the package, including an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m James Bond Limited Edition watch with a unique Aston Martin strap.

Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M James Bond

The new DB9 GT Bond Edition is now available to order around the world priced at £165,000 (€223,872).

1953 Bentley

‘James Bond’ Bentley up for auction

1953 Bentley

A 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback once owned by Ian Fleming could start a bidding war at this year’s Gooding Company Pebble Beach auction on August 15.

The 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback is completely unrestored, having been left to sit in a Hollywood garage for the last 30 years.

Classic Bentleys have been climbing in price in recent years and there’s little doubt that the R-Type Continental is one of the finest and most desirable grand tourers ever built by the company.

However, despite its unrestored state, there’s every chance that this car could fetch $2 million when it goes under the hammer in August. And that’s because it used to belong to none other than Ian Fleming.

Fleming bought the car new and specified a number of special features including manual transmission, lightweight seats and fitted luggage.

The story goes that the Bentley was a gift for Ivar Bryce who, as well as being one of Fleming’s closest friends was a real life intelligence officer and the inspiration for the character of Felix Leiter in the Bond novels.

But the Bond connections don’t stop there. The car makes an appearance in the 1961 James Bond novel “Thunderball.” Bond decides to buy the car while simultaneously foiling a SPECTRE plot to hold the world to ransom over a brace of missing nuclear warheads.

As the series of Fleming-penned Bond novels rolls on, Bond customizes the car, putting in a bigger engine, adding a supercharger and a racing clutch.

While the cinematic James Bond will forever be associated with Aston Martin, the James Bond depicted in Fleming’s novels only once got behind the wheel of an Aston — a DB Mark III — during “Goldfinger.”

Bond’s car of choice was always a self-customized Bentley and throughout the novels it was his vehicular marque of choice.

Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M James Bond

James Bond inspires the latest Omega Seamaster

Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M James Bond

Ahead of the October 2015 release of “Spectre,” the 24th Bond movie, Omega has unveiled a new watch dedicated to the secret agent.

This time, the inspiration comes from the Bond family coat of arms.

The symbols in question are seen on the blue dial of the Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M as well as in the pointer of the yellow second hand.

The oscillating weight, which appears through the sapphire glass back, is shaped like the barrel of a pistol.

Powered by the new Omega Master Co-Axial 8507 movement, the new watch has a case and bracelet in stainless steel.

The Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M James Bond will be produced in a limited edition of 15,007 watches.

Omega has supplied the watches worn by 007 on the silver screen since 1995, producing a dedicated Seamaster model for each film.


Belvedere Vodka James Bond partnership

James Bond to sip on Belvedere vodka in next film

Belvedere Vodka James Bond partnership

, the luxury vodka brand owned by the LVMH Group, is partnering with the next movie in the James Bond franchise, “Spectre.”

News that the character will return to his martini-sipping ways in the next film should placate fans, some of whom were so incensed at the Heineken placement they called for a boycott of the last movie, “Skyfall.”

The premium vodka brand will be launching two limited edition James Bond bottles, one of which lights up, to mark the major cinematic tie-in.

The first bottle replaces the Belvedere Palace with an etching of the MI6 building, and swaps its signature blue palette scheme with green ink to represent the color used by MI6 officials.

Only 100 of the commemorative bottles will be created, and will not be available for sale. Instead, Belvedere will gift the commemorative bottles to “Bond aficionados” and put them up for charity auctions.

The second bottle, called the 007 Silver Saber, is metallic in color, and lights up thanks to a built-in LED system.

The bottles will be heavily promoted beginning next February, in advance of the film release, slated for November 6, 2015.

Aston Martin DB10

James Bond’s new Aston Martin unveiled

Aston Martin DB10

 has unveiled the DB10 during the 24th James Bond movie announcement yesterday at Pinewood Studios in London.

The DB10 will star in the new movie called Spectre, a reference to the global terrorist organization from Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels.

Following the unexpected reveal, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, announced that the car isn’t a concept.

It was built specifically built for the film, and the company worked closely with director Sam Mendes to deliver what it calls the ultimate car for the world’s most famous spy.


However, for Bond-loving existing Aston Martin drivers there is good news, the DB10 will be going into extremely limited production.

Just 10 bespoke models are planned, which will make it the rarest car in the company’s history to carry a DB badge.

Although specific details, such as engine size and performance figures are still unconfirmed, the DB10 is clearly based on the existing two-door, two-seat Vantage super coupé so expect a V12 engine and a top speed of over 200mph, and a host of envious glances.

gold Aston Martin DB5

Unique Gold Aston Martin DB5 to be Auctioned

gold Aston Martin DB5

A one-off gold-plated third scale replica of James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5 will go under the hammer later this month in an online auction to benefit the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

The event is created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Goldfinger, the first bond film to feature the iconic DB5.

The car was built by Propshop, the company that provided scale models of the DB5 for special effects scenes in the most recent Bond Film, “Skyfall.”

The one-off gold model with 24-carat gold plated detailing comes complete with radio controlled machine guns, bullet-proof shield and revolving number plate – just like Bond’s DB5.

gold Aston Martin DB5 interior

Bidding commenced on Monday and will continue until September 17, the 50th anniversary of the world premiere of “Goldfinger.”

The car is expected to fetch between £40,000-£60,000 and is one of a host of specially commissioned Bond-themed items in the sale.

Omega Goldfinger Seamaster Aqua Terra wristwatch

Also included in the sale will be a unique Goldfinger Seamaster Aqua Terra wristwatch created by Omega to celebrate the anniversary of the film.

James Bond Book

Bentley and Vintage Team up for $1200 James Bond Book

James Bond Book

Bentley Motors and Vintage Classics are partnering for a 500-copy limited run of James Bond debut “Casino Royale,” pricing the leather-cased copies at £750 (about $1200) apiece.

The Bentley link is in reference to James Bond’s affinity for the performance cars, and Random House furnishes the limited edition accordingly.

Its hand-bound beluga leather case comes from the same tannery as Bentley’s interiors, the metal spine is reminiscent of Bentleys tread plates, and a secret compartment hides a set of playing cards.

The Bentley edition of “Casino Royale” is to go on sale from November 1, with orders being taken via telephone numbers available from Fleming’s official website.

Casino Royale Bentley Edition

Lotus Esprit underwater car

James Bond’s submarine Lotus Esprit car auctioned

James Bond submarine car

The iconic submarine car driven by James Bond in the 1977 classic The Spy Who Loved Me fetched £550,000 ($860,000) when it was floated at auction for the first time in London on Monday.

Following an intense bidding battle, The Lotus Esprit was finally sold to a telephone bidder at RM Auctions in Battersea, south London.

The car was made for the scene in which Bond, played by Roger Moore, evades the gunfire from an overhead helicopter by plunging into the water, accompanied by Barbara Bach in the passenger seat.

Lotus Esprit underwater car