Jeff Wybo from JBC got a very special look at some amazing vehicles this weekend at Grand Touring Automobiles in Toronto. A special thank you to Alek Ackerman- Brand Manager at Aston Martin Toronto for giving us a Sneak Peak at the amazing Aston Martins from No Time To Die. The 007 Edition Vantage and the Wide Body V8 Vantage from the 1980’s.
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Checkout our latest YouTube Video… Episode 7 of 007 Minutes. We discuss 007 Trading Cards. The Original Set from 1962 featuring Dr. No, From Russia With Love and Goldfinger. As well, we chat about the 1979 Moonraker Series. Be sure to subscribe to our Channel, and keep an eye on our Instagram Account for a Moonraker Trading Cards Giveaway.
No not Professor Dent from Dr. No. Dents Gloves! The history of Dents can be traced back to 1777, when John Dent established his accessory company manufacturing fine leather gloves in Worcester, England. Today the Dents Collection includes gloves, belts, hats, scarves, and small leather goods for men and women. Dents once again supplied the gloves of Bond for SPECTRE (2015) when he arrived in Rome for a Funeral. Previously 007 was wearing the a different version of the gloves for Skyfall (2012).
You can still get your hands on them to add a little piece of Bond to your day. Find them on Amazon. It’s yet to be determined if Dents will be back in No Time To Die. Time will tell!
Dents leather driving gloves Perforated detail, elasticated cuffs, branded press stud fastening, unlined 100% leather Dry clean only Note: To find your glove size, measure around the palm of your writing hand in inches (excluding the thumb), then round down to the nearest half or whole number
Jack The Bulldog Porcelain Model – No Time To Die Edition – By Royal Doulton Maybe it was her way of telling you to get a desk job?” “…Just the opposite.” Meet the new No Time To Die (2020) edition of Jack the Bulldog, handmade by ceramics experts Royal Doulton. The new issue has been updated in porcelain, with a new code name ‘DD 007 B’, and is presented in a special No Time To Die box. Backstory. This grumpy faced dog made his first appearance on M’s desk in Skyfall (2012). He went on to survive the resulting office explosion, with little more than a few cracks to his face and some charring to his draped Union Jack flag before reappearing in her new underground office.
After M’s tragic death he was passed to 007 by Moneypenny in a memorable London rooftop scene that also revealed M’s real name for the first time. The black box containing Jack is seen to bear a small label “From the Estate of Olivia Mansfield, Bequeathed to James Bond”. Jack went to live another day on 007’s coffee table in Spectre (2015) and is to appear in No Time To Die (2020). Details. Royal Doulton have loving recreated all the chips, cracks and bumps of this old timer in porcelain and gloriously glossy colour. Like all Royal Doulton figures, Jack is handmade in the UK and hand decorated by skilled ceramic artists. He comes boxed and all ready to growl. To mark his ongoing role in the Bond films, Jack has the reference number DD 007 B printed on his base and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Dimensions. W 8.5cm/3.35in, H 10cm/3.94in, D 15.6cm/6.14in The makers.
Founded in London in 1815, Royal Doulton first began making British bulldog models during the First World War. Jack’s Union Jack-clad ancestors appeared in 1941, symbolising the steely British spirit in the darkest hours of wartime. He was modelled by the company’s art director Charles Noke and was joined by bulldogs inspired by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and others featuring the flags and hats of the Army, Royal Navy and RAF.
When OO7 first took control of the DB5 in Goldfinger it redefined the action movie forever, setting a standard for everything that came afterwards. Over the decades that have followed, Bond’s association with Aston Martin has only grown stronger. Bond and the DB5 are the perfect match: understated, stylish and powerful. This book is the official story of their relationship, from its beginning in 1963, when the DB5 was brand new, to the 25th Bond film No Time To Die, in which the DB5 once again takes center stage. The book draws on EON’s and Aston Martin’s official archives to present the inside story of the DB5, and includes original production artwork, film storyboards and exclusive photography.
Deluxe coffee table 11″ x 12 1/2″ format packed with full page high-quality photos.
In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
There have always been Canadian Connections in the Bond Films, some are more obvious than others, and some are a bit more obscure. Throughout the Bond Franchise, many Companies have provided vehicles, wardrobe, and just about anything else you see on screen in the 007 Films. Product Placement has evolved into “Bond Branding” and the usual suspects such as Aston Martin, Omega & Bollinger are now only a small slice of the Bond pie.
Brands such as Orlebar Brown and N. Peal have provided clothing for the James Bond Films in recent years, and now along with aligned Marketing Campaigns and entire Bond-inspired Clothing Lines available, these partnerships have generated clear connections between 007, and what you might see him wearing on-screen. With a little help from Canadian Publication MacLeans and The New York Times we’re going to rewind the clock back to 1977 and examine a quintessential Canadian Industry, the Fur Trade, and the Legendary Canadian Company, Grosvenor Furs and their connection to the James Bond Franchise.
As most Bond Fans are aware, the Opening Sequence of The Spy Who Loved Me was filmed in Baffin Island, Canada. It should come as no surprise that when it came time to keeping a Bond Girl Warm in that mountain cabin, she’d be wearing a Canadian Fur, provided by Grosvenor Canada, as seen in the Screen Credits above.
Grosvenor Furs was founded by brothers Denis & Billy Grosvenor in 1950. When they opened their factory in Montreal they had only 8 employees. That same year they won The Canadian Fur Trade Annual Exhibition & Competition with a coat they entered. Their success and expansion continued across Canada and by the mid-sixties their Furs were sold at Luxury Canadian Retailers such Toronto’s Eaton Centre and Holt Renfrew.
The Grosvenor Furs Logo was distinctively Canadian with the Maple Leaf appearing boldly within the Company’s Name. The Canadian Fur Market represented about $20 Million in 1973, whereas the Fur Market in Germany alone was close to $750 Million. Grosvenor Furs President Martin Landau realized that the American & European Markets were going to be the key to Grosvenors’ continued growth and success. By the mid-seventies, Grosvenor had conquered America & Europe. Their furs were being sold at American Luxury Retailers Bonwit Teller & Bergdorf Goodman. Across the pond things were were shaping up nicely as well. Grosvenor Furs were now being sold exclusively in the Fur Salon at Harrods.
Eventually sales of furs across the globe declined, with consumer awareness for animal welfare. Grosvenor Furs continued to do business around the world but ultimately closed their Montreal Factory in the 2000’s. Their Logo went through several iterations throughout their 50 year history. The Black Text became an Iconic Canadian Red, and the Maple Leaf was still prominently featured. One of their Final Print Campaigns from 1999 showcasing a white mink Parka & a Black Mink Coat is featured below.
Now if you want to keep a Bond Girl warm in Canada, she’ll need to be wearing fur coat..it gets cold up in those snow covered mountain cabins. In the Spy Who Loved Me, Actress Sue Vanner, playing the character of Martine Blanchaud is wearing a Full Length Collared White Mink from Grosvenor Furs. She looks beautiful and toasty warm too. This Bond Canadian Connection is by far one of the Best in the Franchise.
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