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Being Bond
  • October 31, 2012 : 07:10
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Jet-Set Like James


40. GoldenEye, Jamaica.
Ian Fleming’s former estate on the north shore of Jamaica remains the spiritual home of Bond. Today it’s a luxury resort worthy of the man himself. While you can book a stay in one of the numerous cottages, the best room by far is the beachside Fleming villa, where the author wrote many of the 007 novels. Be sure to visit nearby James Bond Beach, where scenes from Dr. No were filmed.

41. Villa del Balbianello, Italy.
One of the most serene moments in the Bond franchise takes place on the lawn of this 18th century villa on Lake Como: Bond confesses his devotion to Vesper Lynd while recuperating from a savage beating at the hands of supervillain Le Chiffre. The villa is open to the public in the summer.

42. Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco.
This belle epoque casino in Monaco is the embodiment of the gaming glamour of Bond’s world. You can play his favorite card game, chemin de fer, but be sure to dress the part: The casino has a strict dress code, and you must wear a jacket after eight P.M.

(and 44) Watch Yourself

Ian Fleming and Sean Connery’s Bond both wore Rolexes. In Skyfall Daniel Craig carries on the dive-watch tradition with the new Omega Seamaster Skyfall edition. It has steely good looks, low-key double-O branding on the face and is waterproof to a tactical 600 meters. ($6,500,


Because man cannot live on martinis alone, sometimes popping a top is all that’s required to slake your thirst. Three bottles you should buy.

45. Bollinger.
While Bond loves expensive vintage Dom Pérignon, he also enjoys nonvintage Bollinger, which is priced at a more palatable $55.
46. Red Stripe.
Bond drinks this classic Jamaican beer at a bordello in the novel The Man With the Golden Gun. His sidekick Quarrel quaffs it beachside in Dr. No.
47. Perrier.
In the story “From a View to a Kill,” Fleming writes that Bond believed “expensive soda water was the cheapest way to improve a poor drink.”


Round out your arsenal with these spy-worthy gadgets and gear you can actually use in the real world.

48. With this smartphone, who Needs Q?
The functionality of Minox subminiature cameras, GPS tracking systems and wiretapping technology has made its way into the Sony Xperia T, Bond’s official phone in Skyfall. It’s suitably sleek and black with a 13-megapixel camera and superwide 4.6-inch screen.
49. Shoot to Thrill.
While the 7.65mm Walther PPK is the gun most closely associated with Bond, the lesser-known LP53 is within reach for most of us. This long-barreled pistol—brandished by Sean Connery on the poster for From Russia With Love—is actually an air-powered pellet gun. You can sometimes find used models on gun-collector sites for less than $500.
50. Ride a Bike.
If you can’t afford an Aston Martin, get the new Honda CRF250R motocross bike, one of which Bond commandeers in Skyfall. We’re not saying you should take a shortcut across car roofs during your morning commute, but it’s nice to know that if you need to you could. ($7,420,
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