When the legendary superagent swaggers back into theaters on Nov. 17 with CASINO ROYALE, fans will find a new kind of Bond movie and a new 007. With Daniel Craig, this 21st entry in the franchise promises a gritty, more modern hero, which is reflected in his classic sports car, contemporary sartorial style, and a new card game (hint: It’s not Go Fish). However, some Bond favorites — the frosty vodka martini — remain indelible.
Digital might be smaller, but this cigar-size Minox minicam boasts a more storied pedigree: Earlier models invented by German Walter Zapp in the ’30s were used by actual espionage agents — not to mention in Bond movies.
007’s New Wheels
Making its debut in Casino Royale, the Aston Martin DBS is ”a tough guy in a dinner jacket,” says the company’s design director, Marek Reichman. ”There are a few gadgets in the car, though they are believable.” That means no far-fetched invisible option (see: Die Another Day), but there is a secret tray that hides Bond’s infamous Walther PPK, a feature that can be ordered when the car goes into production in 2007. Weapon not included.
Inspired by Sean Connery and Steve McQueen, Casino costume designer Lindy Hemming crafted Craig’s ”modern athletic” style — think custom-made Brioni suits and one tight boxer-brief swimsuit, which was an homage to Ursula Andress’ beach scene in Dr. No. ”He does have a particularly sexy body,” she says.
Shaken, Not Stirred
Bond’s favorite tipple since Dr. No, Smirnoff is also his vodka of choice in Casino Royale. For shaking your own, try Metrokane’s bullet-shaped cocktail shaker and littala’s stemless martini glasses.
A Bond Bluff
The new Bond favors no-limit poker over his traditional baccarat. Go all-in with these ”Isthmus City” chips, which bear the name of the fictional casino from 1989’s Licence to Kill.
Fully Loaded Watch
Q wishes he had invented this sneaky, slick Sony Ericsson MBW-100. It’s shiny on the outside and Bluetooth-enabled on the inside, so it can communicate with your phone.