James Bond is the quintessential Englishman-come spy who represents a lifestyle envied by many men, not just in the UK, but across the globe.
James Bond has it all. A secret but enthralling career as a spy which sees him fighting the most sinister of villains, but always beats them hands-down thanks to the many gadgets and technologies available to him.
He is renowned for his impeccable taste in everything from clothes, cars, women and of course, his watches. Nothing he wears is average, but then James Bond is not an average character. He has access to the most cutting-edge of everything he needs, and people fall over themselves to dress him because of the status and publicity they will receive.
His suits of course are hand crafted at No. 6 Sackville Street, with tailors Jones, Chalk and Dawson; Meyer & Mortimer; Kathryn Sargent; Tom Brown and Brian Russell, and shirt-maker Sean O’Flynn.
James Bonds car collection contains everything from Bond’s first car, the Sunbeam Alpine, to his newest, the Aston Martin DBS V12.
Bonds love interests are considered “ubiquitous symbols of glamour and sophistication.” In the films they are known as Pussy Galore, Plenty O’Toole, Xenia Onatopp, or Holly Goodhead. In Hollywood, they would be known as the greatest collection of stunning, successful female actors of their time including Halle Berry, Sophie Marceau, Minnie Driver and Eva Green.
Of course, James Bond would not have a realistic chance at dating any of these girls if he were not polished from head-to-toe, including his must-have accessory, the watch. His good taste and sophistication means that a Swatch watch or a Casio watch would just not be appropriate. Therefore brands like Rolex, Breitling, Seiko and Omega adorn his wrist. The latest version of each of these brands is always made available to Bond and most likely worn by him, before being made available to anyone else.
Although 22 Bond movies have been made in total, the number of watches worn by Bond himself in these films, amounts to 50. Only Bond would wear more than one watch in one film. Brands like Rolex and Omega would only ever make several of their watches, available to Bond only, for one film only.
The list below depicts every single Bond film released, the release date and most importantly, every single watch brand showcased in each and every one of the films:
|Dr No||Oct 5th 1962||Sylvia Trench Rolex|
|Dr No||Oct 5th 1962||Miss Taro Rolex|
|From Russia With Love||Oct 10th 1963||Russian Embassy Rolex|
|From Russia With Love||Oct 10th 1963||Gypsy Camp Watch|
|Goldfinger||Sept 17th 1964||Cigarette Lighter Rolex*|
|Goldfinger||Sept 17th 1964||Fort Knox Watch|
|Thunderball||December 9th 1965||Palmyra Rolex|
|Thunderball||December 9th 1965||Q-Delivered Breitling*|
|Thunderball||December 9th 1965||Disco Volante Breitling*|
|You Only Live Twice||June 12th 1967||Osato Chemical Watch|
|On Her Majesty’s Secret Service||December 12th 1969||Tracy Bond Rolex*|
|On Her Majesty’s Secret Service||December 12th 1969||Sir Hilary Bray Rolex|
|Diamonds Are Forever||December 14th 1971||Peter Franks Watch|
|Live and Let Die||June 27th 1973||Miss Caruso Pulsar*|
|Live and Let Die||June 27th 1973||Sheer Magnetism Rolex|
|Live and Let Die||June 27th 1973||Rosie Carver Rolex|
|Live and Let Die||June 27th 1973||Buzz-Saw Rolex|
|The Man With The Golden Gun||December 18th 1974||Solex-Agitator Rolex|
|The Spy Who Loved Me||July 7th 1977||Ticker-Tape SEIKO*|
|The Spy Who Loved Me||July 7th 1977||Atlantis SEIKO|
|Moonraker||June 26th 1979||Corinne Dufour SEIKO|
|Moonraker||June 26th 1979||Explosives-Compartment SEIKO|
|For Your Eyes Only||June 24 1981||Citroën 2CV SEIKO|
|For Your Eyes Only||June 24 1981||Tangier Rooftop Heuer|
|For Your Eyes Only||June 24 1981||Parrot SEIKO|
|Octopussy||June 6th 1983||Directional-Tracker SEIKO|
|Octopussy||June 6th 1983||Pseudo-Analogue SEIKO|
|Octopussy||June 6th 1983||Liquid Crystal TV SEIKO|
|A View To A Kill||May 22nd 1985||Eiffel Tower SEIKO|
|A View To A Kill||May 22nd 1985||Iceberg Submarine SEIKO*|
|A View To A Kill||May 22nd 1985||Château de Chantilly SEIKO|
|The Living Daylights||June 29th 1987||Gibraltar Heuer|
|The Living Daylights||June 29th 1987||Tangier Rooftop Heuer|
|Licence To Kill||June 13th 1989||Leiter Wedding Rolex|
|GoldenEye||Nov 13th 1989||Arkangel Omega|
|GoldenEye||Nov 13th 1989||Psych-Eval Omega|
|GoldenEye||Nov 13th 1989||Bezel-Laser Omega|
|GoldenEye||Nov 13th 1989||Updated Trevelyan Omega|
|Tomorrow Never Dies||Nov 13th 1995||Cunning Linguist Omega|
|Tomorrow Never Dies||Nov 13th 1995||Stealth Boat Omega|
|The World Is Not Enough||Nov 18th 1999||Elektra-Torch Omega|
|The World Is Not Enough||Nov 18th 1999||Piton Omega|
|Die Another Day||Nov 18th 2002||Anger Management Omega|
|Die Another Day||Nov 18th 2002||Old Relics Omega|
|Die Another Day||Nov 18th 2002||Winding-Crown-Laser Omega|
|Casino Royale||Nov 14th 2006||Solange Omega|
|Casino Royale||Nov 14th 2006||Misidentified Seamaster Omega|
|Casino Royale||Nov 14th 2006||Convalescence Omega|
|Quantum of Solace||Oct 29th 2008||Agent Fields Omega|
It was not always so easy for the Bond brand to be able to access these watches. For the first film, Dr No, Rolex refused to lend their watch to Bond. Therefore the actor who played Bond, Cubby Broccoli had to use his own a Rolex Submariner with a black crocodile strap. It was only when Bond proved to be successful among aspirational men that they realised the huge marketing potential by associating their brand with the Bond brand. Therefore once Rolex were on board, Omega, Heuer and Seiko, were quick to follow suit.
Bond was later give speciality watches from Q-Branch, which contained gadgets such as a powerful magnet, best used when he unzipped a dress or a wrist dart gun as seen in Octopussy.
There are now even websites fully dedicated to the ‘James Bond lifestyle,’ listing everything you could possibly wish to know about the man James Bond, and the brand. It illustrates his clothing, accessories, food and drinks etc. Each and every one of these items tells a riveting spy-tale and represents the journey Bond has followed over the years in his career and in his lifestyle. As the suits have got sharper, the watches have gotten more dashing and hidden more gadgets.
Among the many devices that the Bond watch contains includes the following:
- Pager to MI6
- Ability to blow things up
- The ability to show what the camera views, on monitors
- Hooks to escape nuclear missiles
The fashion and gadgets worn by James Bond, are as anticipated almost as much as his movies. With technology and the digital age moving so fast, it’s exciting to see what he will showcase in his next movie, in particular what watch he will wear and the tools that is will harness.
For more information about luxury watches, including many of those worn by James Bond, visit Watch Harbour.
7 Famous Movie Locations To Visit In Australia
Who wants to spend their next vacation in the land down under? Where women glow and men plunder? Good choice. Australia is a beautiful continent with some amazing sights to see. This distant land has some amazing people and nature, not to mention a rich cultural history. You won’t run out of sights to see and things to do in this part of the world. Films like Mad Max, Babe, Dead Calm and countless others have been filmed there.
If you are a movie fan, Australia offers many special treasures that you absolutely can’t afford to miss. The continent has a rich history in the movies, as many filmmakers choose to shoot scenes or even full movies there. It’s no wonder, since Australia has such a diverse variety of environments. Here are just a sampling of what the area offers tourists. On your next trip to Australia, try to see as many of these as you can. You won’t regret it.
Who could forget the psychological thriller starring Australia native and all-around beauty Nicole Kidman? The city of Cairns is known for its waterfront views of the Great Barrier Reef. It is Australia’s natural wonder and considered one of the seven wonders of the world. The Great Barrier Reef has over 100 islands. You can book a cruise and admire its beauty up close and personal. The movie may have been dark, but it was filmed in a paradise. This is a visit that you won’t ever forget.
Melbourne – Mad Max (1979)
The 1979 apocalyptic film Mad Max was filmed in and around Melbourne, Australia. This is the movie that started it all, and the landscape is as much a star as Mel Gibson himself. The first movie alone has many memorable locations that you can still visit today, so snag yourself a car from Gumtree and live out your wildest Mad Max fantasies. Some fan has made a great list of locations, which you can see here.
Movies don’t get any more Australian than Crocodile Dundee… at least from an American’s perspective. There are a few notable locations from this iconic movie, but you just need to get to Kakadu National Park. This is the place that made us fall in love with the real outback on their movie screens. It is absolutely breathtaking and like other sites in Australia, it will take your breath away. So crack open a Foster’s beer and take it all in.
Mundi Mundi Plains – Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994)
You know Mundi Mundi Plains. It is a vast and barren red expanse that resembles Mars. Both Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Mad Max 2 were filmed here. Do you remember now? Barren, yes. But absolutely gorgeous. These plains stretch out for an eternity so that it appears that you can see the curve of the Earth. There’s a town nearby called Silverton that has a Mad Max museum, and as far as I’m concerned that is a must to visit. You have to experience this. And it is said that watching sunsets here is a life-changing event.
Bare Island – Mission Impossible 2 (2000)
Photograph: Wikimedia / Adam.J.W.C.
If you’ve seen Mission Impossible 2 then you know that some of the action sequences were filmed around the Sydney coastline in the Bare Island area. It’s another location worth visiting and in this case, you get to see the Australian coast up close and personal. Bare Island used to be a war veterans’ home and museum and now it is a historic site. Take a cruise and you’ll be able to take in the scenery in the best way possible.
Sydney – The Great Gatsby (2013)
The Great Gatsby filmed many scenes in and around Sydney, including the luxurious building that is the International College of Management, which is located in Manly. Otherwise known as Gatsby’s Mansion, where amazing parties were thrown. In fact, not a single scene in this movie was filmed in the US. Shooting a New York story in Australia? Now that is movie magic!
Southern Highlands – Babe (1995)
Who could forget the story of Babe the pig? The adorable pig was the star of the movie, but the stunning landscape had a co-starring role. Those rolling green hills in the Southern Highlands make for a perfect road trip to see them for yourself. Who knows? You might even run into a pig. Well, probably not, but you’ll have a great time regardless. Here you will find a touch of old England, because some of the towns are modelled after English villages and it is all set against green landscapes.
As you can see, there are plenty of great places for movie buffs to check out in Australia. Just make sure you load up your tablet with a LOT of movies for the trip down there, because it’s definitely a long flight!
Here’s The Awesome First Trailer For ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’
Get excited Godzilla fans, because the Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer just dropped at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, and it looks freaking awesome!
Like many of you, I assumed Godzilla was a standalone movie.. until the post-credits scene in King Kong: Skull Island proved me wrong. Turns out, they’re just getting started.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy.
Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance when Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters next year on May 31, 2019.
AMC Theatres Goes After MoviePass With New $20/Mo Subscription Plan
Awhile back, we told you about MoviePass, the subscription service that lets you see a movie a day for $9.95 a month. At the time, naysayers said that this was an unsustainable model, and that the company was doomed.
But clearly they must have been doing something right, as AMC Theatres is taking a page from their playbook, launching their own subscription service called AMC Stubs A-List, which rolls into theaters on June 26th.. at a cost of $19.95 a month.
Now here’s where it gets a little confusing.. AMC’s service is twice as expensive as MoviePass, you’re limited to three movies per week, and you can only go to AMC Theatres. So why exactly is this a good deal?
“We believe that our current and future loyal guests will be interested in this type of program, as AMC Stubs A-List rewards guests with something that no one else offers,” said Adam Aron, CEO and president of AMC Theatres, in the press release. “AMC Stubs A-List is AMC’s next evolution of delivering amazing benefits to our loyal customers, and we’re excited to continue to grow the program by leaps and bounds.”
According to the press release, the only real benefit over MoviePass is the fact that you can see movies in IMAX, Dolby Cinema, and Real 3-D, which are typically off-limits with MoviePass. It also gives you access to the normal benefits of the pre-existing AMC Stubs Premiere program, including “no online ticketing fees” and “significant food and beverage savings.”
So if you’re someone who enjoys watching movies in 3D or IMAX, lives near an AMC Theatres, doesn’t plan on seeing 5-7 movies a week, and likes their popcorn, then the AMC Stubs A-List plan isn a pretty good deal, especially considering that a single movie will set you back $12 or more these days.
What do you think about the AMC Stubs A-List subscription service?