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Spy files

Published: 06th November 2012 08:57 AM

Last Updated: 06th November 2012 08:57 AM

The big rewind

Best Of Bond -- James Bond, a new collection of digitally remastered music from the franchise’s history, will be released in CD and digital versions.Features memorable theme songs from all 22 Bond films like Goldfinger by Shirley Bassey and From Russia With Love by Matt Monro.  Available at Landmark for `480. Details: landmarkonthenet.com

Trigger happy

The Tumi Tegra Lite Bulletproof Briefcase has been put together with 65 layers of Tegris, also used in lifesaving armour, NASCAR race cars and protective gear for NFL players. We love that it comes with a false bottom.

Priced at approximately Rs 3,21,020. Details: tumi.com

It is said that more than half of the world’s population has seen at least one of the nearly two dozen James Bond adventures. To celebrate 50 years of James Bond, October 5, 2012, was declared Global James Bond Day. Celebrations around the world saw a live online charity auction organised by Christie’s in London, a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and a Music of Bond night in Los Angeles hosted by the Academy Awards. We give you pointers to celebrate the legend, with travel packages that revisit Bond locations, a TV marathon, a nonfiction book which dissects the brand behind the spy and other interesting gems 

Bottoms up

Pick up some bartending tricks. To get up to speed on drinks featured in James Bond Films and Ian Fleming novels, check out Stephen Kurr’s book 007 On The Rocks: A Guide To The Drinks Of James Bond. The book covers all the cocktails Bond, his associates and villains have enjoyed. Priced from `890 onwards. Details: flipkart.com

22 to go

The Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection of Blu-ray films, is a musthave for Bond aficionados. The collectible box set features all the films in a complete offering and more than 130 hours of bonus features, including unseen content from Bond archives.

Priced at approximately Rs 10,767 at Reliance Timeout stores.

Globe trotting

Several travel agencies have already received requests for James Bond itineraries. Madhav Pai, COO, Thomas Cook, reports, “We have packages like a selfdrive along Cote d’Azur, which recreates the car chase in Goldeneye, a visit to the Pyramid of Giza as seen in The Spy who Loved Me and the James Bond island situated in Thailand from Octopussy.” The Thailand package is priced at approximately Rs 18,741. Details: thomascook.in

Behind the scenes

The limited-release critically-acclaimed documentary Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, made to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the James Bond films, recently premiered at the 14th Mumbai Film Festival (October 18-25). Directed by Stevan Riley, who was recently in India to promote his cricket documentary Fire in Babylon, the film focuses on three men - Bond producers Albert R Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming - who share the same dream. Can’t wait for it to release in India? We suggest you check out the trailer on YouTube.

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