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Bonding Experiences

Troy Johnson

James Bond is one of the few action heroes whose style is both enviable and translatable into real life. John McClane’s look is a bit too blue collar for us. Jason Bourne shops exclusively at midrange retail outlets, and prefers darks. Mad Max is tempting, but attracts women a little too versed in S & M (unless you’re into that, of course). Bond, on the other hand, is the human epitome of cool. Everything he touches is instantly gilded in long-lasting élan.

If you can’t get enough of 007, the following items are sure to accessorize your life with the appropriate amount of British secret-agent swagger.

A Matter of Time

Wrist-mounted dart guns (see Moonraker) are bulky and often misfire when you are hailing cabs. Universal Wi-Fi has obliterated the market for brooms that double as radios (reference Licensed to Kill). The practical Bond accessory is the Omega Seamaster, originally worn by Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye. This bold timepiece boasts a stainless-steel case, ceramic bezel rings, a diamond index at 007 o’clock, and a brushed and polished stainless-steel bracelet. The most striking feature, however, is found on the rotor, where a classic Bond bullet aperture can be found. All indexes illuminate in blue, so you can read it at 1,000 feet underwater (its maximum water-resistant depth) while dispatching aquatic predators on your way to foiling global annihilation. 

Page-Turners

Reading From Russia with Love on an electronic device is akin to using stock pickup lines on Bond girls while wearing a rented tux.  The printed page—which has the smooth-rough texture of Connery’s 5 o’clock shadow—is the only way to read Ian Fleming’s classic spy tomes. If you want the full experience (and you do), visit Bauman Rare Books, where a half dozen rare first editions of Fleming’s spy novels can be had. Some, like the copy of You Only Live Twice, will set you back a healthy sum ($21,000), but that particular example is one that Fleming signed to a “former romantic conquest,” as the rare-book purveyor describes it. Sure, it’s a sizable investment, but contrary to Fleming’s famous title, you only live once.

Making Scents

What exactly is the scent of international espionage? The answer could be a Bond girl’s lingering perfume. But 007 Fragrances assumes our spy had his own alpha musk. The original signature fragrance is shaped like a flask, which seems an odd choice, since we can’t recall Bond ever taking to secret nipping on the job. The maker, Eon Productions, describes the scent as “unmistakably British,” which could mean many different things—not all of them pleasant. Fortunately, the cologne is a pleasing mix of vetiver, lavender, and ripe apple. Ocean Royale is a crisp seafaring scent for the boat-shoe months, while Quantum is a trio of the world’s manliest charms: juniper berries, sandalwood, and leather. A few spritzes of that and you’ll smell as though you’ve spilled your Vesper martini at Annabel’s. Of course, only you will know that it was a purposeful distraction that allowed you to download the member directory onto your bow tie, which (naturally) also doubles as a flash drive.

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