Ever since Sean Connery first appeared on the big screen in 1962 and uttered the immortal words; "Bond, James Bond." this most dashing of secret agents cemented his place in cinematic history. For over 50 years now he has charmed and thrilled audiences across the globe. The very British character, created by Ian Fleming has starred in over 20 movies and been portrayed by 6 different actors, with varying degrees of success it has to be said. To celebrate his 50th anniversary as a movie hero and icon, EON Productions have opened The James Bond Archives ($135) to give us a glimpse for the first time of designs, photos, storyboards and the production materials used. Editor Paul Duncan was the lucky man privvy to this and this book is the result of 2 years of research to bring you the very best tribute to a true legend.
Shinola is an interesting company that doesn't do things the conventional way. Based out of Detroit Shinola makes watches, bicycles and leather goods. All of their products are as stylish as they are rugged. Their Shinola Rolltop Backpack ($595) is no different. The rolltop utilizes classic american styling and craftmanship which include solid brass zippers, natural canvas and US-made leather. The backstraps are padded with canvas and reinforced with rivets. Two colorways are available; Dark Coffee Leather with either Black or Natural Canvas.
Drink More Whiskey ($14) a new smart guide to everything whiskey related is the perfect introduction for a whole new generation of would-be connoisseurs to this timeless spirit. With new, upstart distillers now reviving classic varieties such as White Dog, known as moonshine through the prohibition, there has never been a better time to start your whiskey education. Drink More Whiskey is the ideal reference for all of those looking to discover the styles, provenance, differences in quality, and many uses of whiskey in a fresh, and fun-to-read format. There are also over 20 recipes throughout, ranging from classics such as Old Fashioned to the thoroughly modern tipples.
El Seed is a 'calligraffiti' artist who was born in the suburbs of Paris to Tunisian parents. He blends Arabic calligraphy and modern art graffiti to create absolutely beautiful works of art. His latest work is called "Perception" By El Seed ($NFS).It covers 50 buildings and is only visible from a specific point. The piece is located in the neighborhood of Manshiyat Nasr, Cairo in the community of Zaraeeb.The community collects the trash of the city. It has developed an efficient and highly profitable recycling system. But is seen as dirty, marginalized and segragated. Written in arabic and using the words of a Coptic Bishop, the piece reads, "Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first." https://youtu.be/b58ofjZg1PQ
There are few modern day punchlines which are as iconic, and untrue, as "I only read it for the articles." While there were articles provided by great writers, and a lot of humor too, nobody can deny that the big draw of Playboy was its spectacular covers. Some of the greatest beauties of all time graced the cover of Playboy and they have enticed millions to buy it from back in the fifties when it first appeared through into the 21st century. Playboy's Greatest Covers ($23) is a collection of 200 covers, chosen by Hugh Hefner himself gives us an insight on how a magazine could have such an impact on the culture of America.
The Frankies Spuntino Cookbook ($) is directly from the sizzling restaurant scene that is Brooklyn comes one hot cookbook. Everyone from urban kids to families to locals to celebs flock to Frankies Spuntino. The restaurant with the brick walls and tin ceiling sits in Carroll Gardens, and Frank Bruni from the NYT says it offers food that is completely satisfying. The 2 Franks are veterans of the gourmet kitchen and have created a witty cookbook full of all your favourite recipes adapted so they can be created at home. A great buy whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned cook.