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The 1967 Aston Martin DBS Car A Beauty on Wheels
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19 December 2010

The original Aston Martin DBS or the 1967 Aston Martin was the first along the line of luxury cars manufactured by the Aston Martin Lagonda. The number 1967 signifies the year that the car was built in.

The DBS or the 1967 was succeeded by the Aston Martin DB6. The car has a stylish rear end and front protective metal grill and attractive steel veneer and wire wheels. The DBS also has a powerful 4.0 L DOHC I6 engine that gives a power of 283 bhp at 5500 rpm and 390.5 N-m torque at 3850 rpm.

The details of the car are as follows:

It is a 2-door coupe and the front engine has a configuration of 4.0 liters and DOHC I6. It boasts of a power of 283 bhp at 5500 rpm with a torque of 390.5 N-m torque at 3850 rpm. In addition, the transmission is manual at 5-speed. In terms of the dimensions, the car sits on top of the wheelbase at 2610 mm and has four wheel disc brakes which provide the car with a strong stopping power. The width of the car is 1830 mm, the length is 4585 mm. It is 1330 mm high and weighs approximately 3500 lbs.

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The Reform Club, London - luxurious & proud home of the British Whig Party
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03 February 2010

The Reform Club, London - luxurious & proud home of the British Whig Party One of the largest private members clubs in London is also one of its oldest and most popular. The polar opposite of the Carlton Club for Conservatives, the Reform Club has been the proud home of Whig Party and Liberal members for nearly 200 years.

Although it’s labeled a gentlemans club - because that’s how they all started out some centuries ago - the Reform Club has allowed women full membership since the 1980s. Whereas most of these private clubs have tapered off in popularity, the Reform Club has maintained a high membership and remains one of the higher-priced and more elitist clubs in the immediate area .

Edward Ellice, Whig whip and purveyor of Hudson’s Bay Company, a wealthy bank in England in the 1800s, founded the Reform Club in 1836. Ellice is credited with nearly single-handedly seeing the Reform Act of 1832 passed, due to his relentless lobbying efforts.

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Sean Connery - The Quintessential James Bond
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21 December 2009

Sean Connery - The Quintessential James BondSir Thomas Sean Connery, or Sean Connery as most know him, was born on August 25th, 1930, in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland. As one of the world’s most celebrated actors, Connery has acted in numerous films over the years, including the James Bond series.

Though he is officially retired from acting now at the age of 77, Connery is often considered the best to ever don the title of 007. Connery has appeared in seven Bond films: Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, and Never Say Never Again.

This daunting actor was discovered by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli after other aspirants to the Bond role were eliminated. Cary Grant and James Mason, each a very popular actor respectively, refused to sign on to star in a series of films due to the studio’s low budget. Because of this, the producers were forced to hire an unknown.

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James Bond's favourite car brand, Aston Martin
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17 October 2008

James Bond's favourite car brand, Aston MartinAston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British luxury performance car manufacturer. Their headquarters are based in Gaydon, England, and the company’s name is derived from one of the company’s founders, Lionel Martin, and from the Aston Hill speed hillclimb located near Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire.

Aston Martin’s are most well known for being prestigious luxury cars owned by the rich and famous. Perhaps most famously, Aston Martin is a favorite automobile of none other than 007 himself, Mr. James Bond. Of course, Aston Martin didn’t start out so prestigiously. Similar to most other car brands, AM had to pay their dues.

Aston Martin was founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin. The two had met the previous year while selling cars made by Singer. Martin frequently raced specials at Aston Hill, and the two eventually began to manufacture their own cars.

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Pierce Brosnan Mr Remington Steele as James Bond
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18 September 2008

Pierce Brosnan Mr Remington Steele as James BondActor, film producer and environmentalist Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born May 16, 1953 in Castletown, Co. Meath, Ireland. After leaving school at the age of 16, Brosnan began training in commercial illustration. Years later, Brosnan attended drama school in London for three years, and landing a leading role in the popular television series Remington Steele following his brief on-state career.

Brosnan is a very well-known actor, appearing in notable movies such as The Thomas Crown Affair, Dante’s Peak, Mars Attacks, Mrs. Doubtfire, and The Lawnmower Man, among many others. Though these are popular movies and undoubtedly cemented Brosnan’s role as a leading man in Hollywood, it wasn’t until Brosnan took over the role as super-agent James Bond that the world stood up and took notice.

Brosnan’s early years were spent in the modest area of Drogheda, Ireland, where he as raised as a Catholic. After Brosnan’s father abandoned the family, his mother moved to London to work as a nurse.

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The new James Bond Daniel Craig has proven himself
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31 August 2008

The new James Bond Daniel Craig has proven himselfEnglish actor Daniel Wroughton Craig was born March 2, 1968 and Chester, England. He is the son of Olivia Williams, an art teacher, and Timothy John Wroughton Craig, who was a midshipman in the Merchant Navy, working in various capacities when he came ashore. His cousin is the novelist Joe Craig. Daniel was raised on the Wirral, Merseyside where his father was landlord of the Ring ‘O Bells and The Boot pubs.

He attended Hilbre High School and Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirby. Craig also played for the Hoylake Rugby Club. He moved to London when he was sixteen, joining the National Youth Theatre after a brief stay at Calday.

Craig studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1991, then going on to appear in several minor roles including Sharpe’s Eagle, and an episode of Drop The Dead Donkey. Our Friends in the North, a BBC Television serial, offered Craig his first leading role. He continued to work with the BBC, and starred in the 1997 Francis Bacon biopic Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon, playing Bacon’s lover George Dyer. Craig also played D.S. Andy McLoughlin in the TV drama The Ice House.

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Sean Connery and his James Bond journey
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24 July 2008

Sean Connery and his James Bond journey

Sir Thomas Sean Connery was born August 25, 1930, in the Fountainbridge region of Edinburgh, Scotland. He grew up in an impoverished environment as the son of a truck driver. Connery left school and ultimately joined the Royal Navy.

After serving for a while, Connery has to be released to do medical issues with ulcers. He held many jobs before finding his calling. He's worked as a laborer, lifeguard, a model, a lorry driver, and a coffin polisher. In 1953, Connery represented Scotland at the Mr. Universe Contest and took home 3rd place.

After his bodybuilding career, Connery landed a job in the chorus with the touring company of South Pacific, where he went on to start in various stage productions, and finally making a television debut in 1956.

Most know Connery as the quintessential James Bond, but upon his audition, Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels, described Connery as the anti-Bond, stating that Connery was nothing like the character he created. Despite Fleming's opinions, Connery was cast as the first James Bond in Dr. No in 1962.

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A little story of a Bond called Roger Moore
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19 July 2008

A little story of a Bond called Roger Moore

Sir Roger George Moore was born October 14, 1927, in Stockwell, south London, England. He is the son of a noted policeman. At the age of 15, Moore entered an art school with aspirations or becoming a painter, later becoming an apprentice at an animation studio.

In the mid 1940s, Moore appeared as an extra in crowd scenes in movies. Studying at the Royal Academy of Drama, Moore appeared in various plays in the West End, before ultimately being inducted into the British Army. He served in the rank of 2nd Lieutenant with a Combined Services Entertainment Unit in Germany near the end of WWII. Moore worked in theater, radio, television, and as a model after his military career ended.

In 1953, Moore went to the United States and landed a film contract with MGM. He would go on to act in several films. His biggest role was as the charming Simon Templar in the television series The Saint.

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Our top choices for the best 5 Bond girls
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15 July 2008

Our top choices for the best 5 Bond girls

Bond films are composed of a simple formula that has stood the test of time: Hero, villain, ridiculously sexy Bond girl. In fact, most men will tell you that the Bond girls are what make the movies worth watching to begin with.

Out of the dozens of Bond girls, the list has been narrowed down to 5. These buxom beauties really stood out on the screen, and will forever be known as the reason why guys want to be James Bond.

1 - Honey Ryder. Played by Ursula Andress, Honey Ryder is perhaps the most mysterious Bond girl. Like a scene from a dream, Bond awakes to find Honey dripping wet, coming directly from the sea wearing only a scantily clad bikini and a knife.

Adding to the mystique, she begins to sing “Underneath the Mango Tree” as Bond looks out at this gorgeous girl. At the time of Dr. No (1962), Honey Ryder was the first Bond girl.

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Biography of James Bond creator Ian Fleming
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04 July 2008

Biography of James Bond creator Ian Fleming

Born in Mayfair, London, 1908, Ian Lancaster Fleming was a British author, journalist, and World War II Navy Commander. Though, in popular culture, Fleming is best known for creating the James Bond character, chronicling his adventures in twelve novels and nine short stories.

Also accredited to Fleming are the children's story, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and two other non-fiction books. Fleming died in 1964, but his timeless character James Bond continues to live on with numerous movies, the more recent movies being throwbacks to the first book, Casino Royale, and its sequel, Quantum of Solace.

Fleming was born to Valentine Fleming, a Member of Parliament, and his wife Evelyn Ste Croix Fleming. He was the younger brother of travel writer Peter Fleming and the older brother of Michael and Richard Fleming. Fleming was educated at Sunningdale School in Berkshire, Eton College, and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

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Top 5 James Bond Villains
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27 June 2008

Top 5 James Bond Villains

Throughout the history of cinema, few movies have had an impact quite like the James Bond series. 007's legacy is unwavering, and even in 2008, the Bond character is kept alive by Daniel Craig. The universe loves symmetry and always finds a way to pit hero against villain as a way to even things out.

For every great James Bond mission, there has been an impressive villain there attempting to stop Her Majesty's top agent from saving the day.

In no particular order, here are the top 5 James Bond villains of all time.

1 - Jaws. This 7-foot giant with the metal mouth was introduced first in The Spy Who Loved Me, and became an instant hit. The sheer size of this bad-guy made for an impressive showing on the silver screen. Able to chew through everything from bone to steel, Jaws was a worthy adversary for Bond, giving this super-spy all he could handle. Because of the popularity of Jaws, he made yet another appearance in Moonraker. But brawn did not prevail in the end. It was Jaws' lack of brainpower which always left him defeated. In the end, Jaws found love and abandoned his life of crime.

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James Bond Plays the Casinos - The Top Five Scenes
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18 June 2008

James Bond Plays the Casinos - The Top Five Scenes

Although Casino Royale is an obvious clue that the movie will feature gambling, gambling scenes and James Bond's predilection for the game of Baccarat, this James Bond movie is far from being the only movie that includes scenes of Bond enjoying one of his favorite pastimes.

The James Bond character reflects everything that is the ultimate gambler--coolness in the face of danger, calm when the opponents are obviously increasing to the boiling point, intelligent enough to know when to play a hand and how to make the best use of the hand he is dealt, and oozing with self-confidence.

Casino Royale was written by Ian Fleming, with the casino scene based on a visit to the Casino Estoril located in Lisbon. In history, the Casino in Portugal's capital was a popular gathering place for German agents during World War II.

The novel and earlier versions of the movie have Bond playing Baccarat, but the signature movie capitalized on the increasing popularity of a game called Texas Holdem--a form of poker.

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A special preview of Quantum of Solace
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21 May 2008

A special preview of Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace, the 22nd spy film in the James Bond catalog, is due for release in the United Kingdom on October 31st, 2008. It is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Casino Royale, in which Bond, played flawlessly by Daniel Craig, had to infiltrate a high-stakes poker game to apprehend a world-renowned terrorist.

Casino Royale won critics over partly by telling the story of how James Bond became 007. Through numerous bond films and multiple characters playing the role, viewers of the series were never granted access into Bond's personal love life. Though there had always been the evident Bond-girl, there was never a story about why James Bond never fell in love. In Casino Royale, the viewers see that Bond was betrayed and turned cold-hearted by his girlfriend, Vesper Lynd, played by Eva Green.

This sequel delves deeper into Bond's beginnings as a super-agent. After his initial break from love in the first film, Quantum of Solace picks up exactly one hour after the first ended. Bond is colder in this film and seems to have a taste for revenge.

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