James Bond is an icon to both men and women, even to this day, more than 40 years after the first film was released. We still love his style! This is not just about his sharp dress sense, no this is about each aspect of his cool and calm demeanour; from his sharp suits all the way through to his attitude towards life, he is the epitome of chilled out. This is the exact reason that many of us want to take a leaf out of Bond’s book and turn towards his outlook for our lives. The question is, how do we do this? Here is your definitive guide to turning on the charm, James Bond style.
Learn how to play the tables
We all know that Bond has an infinity to the casino lifestyle; from playing the games to ordering those Martinis from the bar. This is why a night at the casino could make you feel like the next 007, but firstly you need to learn how to play the game as Bond rarely looses. There are hundreds of classic games to choose from, like Roulette, Poker and slots games but remember that Bond is a classic man so you need to choose wisely with this in mind.
Before you enter the casino, make sure you have done your homework about the game that you have chosen. Look into strategies, how other people have beaten the odds and how you will do the same. Once you have all the information before you, then you could be the next big winner but not before you have got the perfect outfit for your night.
Look the part to feel the part
James Bond is always immaculately dressed, whether he be wearing a sharp tailored suit or a relaxed afternoon shorts suit; he is the perfect representation of style. So as part of your casino experience, you also need to dress the part and that all starts with the suit. Let’s face it, it couldn’t be any other outfit really and this will be where you can really take on the Bond persona. For a night at the casino tables, fighting off the bad guys – at least metaphorically – you will need a tuxedo, or a blending between a traditional suit with hints of tux luxury.
The color you choose is entirely up to you, but nothing says it better than black, however adding a hint of bold color will add in your own personality as well as channeling your inner Bond. So add in your own personality to a black suit with a bold colored tie and comber band.
Look at the food and drink during the evening
It is a well known fact that James Bond will only drink Martini shaken not stirred; well that is until the last Bond film when he does sport a bottle of beer. Now, if you are looking for an evening that doesn’t involve alcohol, especially if you are driving, then head for a non alcoholic cocktail as nothing screams decadence and Bond more than a cocktail. You should team this with a trip to the casino restaurant if there is one. If there isn’t then planning in where you are going to eat in advance is advised, especially if you are taking a special date with you.
If you are visiting a casino in Las Vegas, then in terms of dress code just about anything goes, though most casinos in the UK and in fact throughout Europe insist that their male clients should dress reasonably smartly. Of course you won’t have this problem if you’re playing at an online casino, but when you’re going to town, you better have a quick think beforehand.
Firstly, unless you want to look like a total dork, don’t wear a tuxedo. If you happen to be visiting a casino after a posh wedding, then that is just about acceptable as long as there is a group of you, but otherwise forget it. Only James Bond wears tuxedos to casinos.
The stated dress code in most casinos is smart casual, but that is open to many interpretations. First of all you want to be allowed in, so that rules out things like shorts, short trousers, hooded jumpers and flip flops.
Secondly you probably want to look cool (don’t we all) without looking overly or artificially cool. Starting at the bottom and working up, go for smart clean shoes rather than trainers, wear socks (yes, not wearing socks is supposed to be cool, but take our word for it, just wear them) and not silly socks with pictures of the Simpsons either, they are no longer cool.
Chinos are fine, but smart slacks are probably better. If you are fairly slim then wear a belt, but if you have a paunch (not that you do of course) wear braces. There is nothing as un-cool as a tight belt and overhanging stomach.
Bobby Holland Hanton is the Michael Jordan of his profession. Hollywood’s top stunt double, Holland Hanton has doubled as Christian Bale (in “The Dark Knight Rises”), Daniel Craig (in “Skyfall”), Ryan Reynolds (in “Green Lantern”), and he recently filmed “Thor: The Dark World” with Chris Hemsworth. Bullz-Eye got to ask the latest spokesman for Dove’s Men + Care line of products for men five questions about his career.
Bullz-Eye: Of all the Hollywood studs you’ve served as a stuntman/body double for, who is the one you would most like to be for an entire week and why?
Bobby Holland Hanton: Between Batman, James Bond and Thor, this is an extremely difficult question. I would have to say Batman and Bond are equally as intriguing, with Thor being a close second. Batman is a superhero, who fights crime behind a mask and no one knows who he is – that is pretty cool. Whereas Bond is more realistic, he’s a slick and suave hero that everyone can see and root for. On Thor, Chris Hemsworth looked great and is a character that carries a heavy hammer — he is always particularly well-groomed and keeps his face fresh.
BE: What did you want to be when you were 10 years old? And how did you become a stunt double?
BHH: When I was 10 I wanted to be Batman, Thor and James Bond. No, I’m only kidding. I wanted to be a professional soccer player. Growing up, I followed in my older sister’s footsteps and took on gymnastics. I loved the physicality of the sport and I loved to train. However, soccer was always my passion, and then I found myself just enjoying the regimented training and working out.
BE: What’s the most gruesome injury you’ve suffered as a result of being in your profession?
BHH: I suffered a bad back injury while filming “Green Lantern.” I performed four back-focused stunts in a short period of time, which took a lot of hits to my back over and over. It took its toll after a while, and I found out ultimately that I had sciatic nerve damage. I needed to have two operations on my back, one of which was an emergency surgery, and it took about 9 months to regain full strength. I hope I can say that will always be the worst injury I’ve ever suffered.
BE: What do you do to stay in shape? What type of training do you do, what do you eat and how frequently?
BHH: It is all dependent on who I am doubling. With Chris Hemsworth in “Thor,” I was on a very strict workout plan to gain the strength and muscle. Whereas for Daniel Craig, who is slimmer, I did not work out as often, and focused on my diet and nutrition plan. I have found that between movies it has been best to maintain a middle ground, and I have been blessed to have the ability to change body types rather easily; I thank genetics, I guess. I believe in a strict regimen all day, every day in order to keep workouts and nutrition intact. I wake up every morning and take a shower before I start my day. I am a huge fan of products like the Dove Men+Care Aqua Impact body wash, because it prevents me from smelling bad on set after performing stunts all day, which would be embarrassing in the company of so many movie stars. I also make sure I eat regular portions throughout the day, every two hours, balancing high protein, high carbohydrates and high fats.
BE: Was there a movie star you’ve met who left you completely start struck? Who is the hottest female celebrity you’ve ever seen in person?
BHH: I have been fortunate to work with some of the greatest stars of all time. I would say Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins and Gary Oldman struck me the most. Chris Nolan is a spectacular director, and I loved working with him on “Batman”. In terms of the hottest female celebrity I have seen, I would go with Emily Blunt or Rachael McAdams — they are gorgeous!
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The latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, has not only been a massive box office hit, it has also inspired thousands of men to ditch the multi-bladed cartridge razor and go back in time. Leading British retailer The Shaving Shack has attributed the intimate shaving scene in Skyfall for a whopping 405% increase in sales of high end cut throat razors.
During a scene in Skyfall, British actress Naomie Harris gives 007, played by Daniel Craig, a close shave using a cut throat razor, whispering in his ear “sometimes the old ways are the best” as she performs the shave. And The Shaving Shack says this intimate shaving scene is the reason for the dramatic sales surge over the last five days.
Can you believe it’s been 50 years since the first James Bond film? “Dr. No” premiered in 1962, and then the third film, “Goldfinger,” became one of the first true blockbuster films tied to merchandizing. The Bond franchise is still alive and kicking, with its emphasis on cars, gadgets, drinks, Bond girls, exotic locations and cool villains. It’s a formula that continues to work well, and we’ll see the new iteration with “Skyfall” premiering this week in Great Britain and next week in the United States.
One part of the Bond formula includes the cool movie posters, and you can see the version for the latest movie above. They’ve become simpler through the years, and I’m still partial to the wild posters from the Sixties. A collection of cool Bond posters is a great way to dress up a room, and a wholesale poster frame option can make them look much more professional to give you something much better than a dorm room look.