Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Bond's favourite cocktail the vodka martini will return in Spectre

The vodka martini will return: Bond's favourite cocktail set to appear in Spectre after luxury brand announces partnership with film makers

  • Sony Pictures have signed multi-million pound deal with Belvedere Vodka
  • It means Vodka Martini – shaken, not stirred – will be back on 007's menu
  • Bond was last seen guzzling Heineken thanks to a £30m advertising deal
  • Companies to have signed up to feature in the film include Aston Martin, Bollinger, Jaguar Land Rover, Omega, Sony Electronics, and Sony Mobile
'I would like a medium Vodka dry Martini – with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred please' 
Since Sean Connery first uttered the immortal words in 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, they have been synonymous with the world's suavest spy.
So when Daniel Craig was last seen sprawled on a bed, guzzling Heineken in 2012's Skyfall, as part of a rumoured £30million advertising deal, Bond purists were outraged. Bond - a lager lout?
Now, to the delight of fans everywhere, filmmakers Sony Pictures have signed a lucrative multi-million pound deal with Belvedere Vodka for new film, Spectre, to put Martini – shaken, not stirred – back on 007's menu.
Sony Pictures have signed multi-million pound deal with Belvedere Vodka to put Vodka Martini – shaken, not stirred –  back on 007's menu
Sony Pictures have signed multi-million pound deal with Belvedere Vodka to put Vodka Martini – shaken, not stirred –  back on 007's menu
The finer details of the deal are yet to be confirmed, but are said to include a hefty amount of product placement and a world-wide advertising campaign
The finer details of the deal are yet to be confirmed, but are said to include a hefty amount of product placement and a world-wide advertising campaign
The finer details of the deal are yet to be confirmed, but are said to include a hefty amount of product placement and a world-wide advertising campaign. 
Bond is no stranger to lucrative marketing deals.
In 2012 Sony, Coca-Cola, Bollinger, jewellery giant Swarovski, watch manufacturer Omega and fashion designer Tom Ford struck similar agreements. 
This year, companies to have already signed up to feature in the film include Aston Martin, Bollinger, Heineken, Jaguar Land Rover, Omega, Sony Electronics, and Sony Mobile.
And Bond creator Ian Fleming was said to be a fan of filling his stories with brand names - and first released the perfect recipe for the Vodka Martini in novel  Dr No, published in 1958.
In it he orders a drink to exact orders: 'I would like a medium Vodka dry Martini – with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred please. I would prefer Russian or Polish vodka.'
When Daniel Craig was seen sprawled on a bed, guzzling Heineken in 2012's Skyfall, as part of a rumoured £30million advertising deal, Bond purists were outraged. 
When Daniel Craig was seen sprawled on a bed, guzzling Heineken in 2012's Skyfall, as part of a rumoured £30million advertising deal, Bond purists were outraged. 
Daniel Craig even agreed to appear in a Heineken advert to promote the brand as part of the lucrative deal
Daniel Craig even agreed to appear in a Heineken advert to promote the brand as part of the lucrative deal
Belvedere will release two custom made, limited edition bottles to celebrate Bond's vodka martini. It has replaced the iconic Belvedere Palace with the famous MI6 headquarters on the bottles
Michael G. Wilson, the co-producer of the Bond films, has previously defended the deals. 
‘What normally happens is the firms agree to provide the products free of charge along with the necessary technical support,’ he said.
‘If you look at the original Bond books by Ian Fleming, you realise that he mentions specific products in them. 
The character knew he could find himself dead at any time and he wanted to enjoy the good things in life.
‘We try to make sure that we only include products that are in keeping with that idea.’
And Bond’s commercial tie-ins aren’t confined to the on-screen action.
In 2012, Eon, Skyfall’s production company, teamed with Procter & Gamble to launch a 007 fragrance for men.
OPI, the cosmetics giant, has a range of nail varnishes including The Spy Who Loved Me, while Hornby has based Scalextric sets on cars from Skyfall and Goldfinger.
Even tourism agency Visit Britain signed up, with Daniel Craig’s 007 selling the idea of a UK holiday, using the slogan ‘Live Like Bond’.
It was Sean Connery who first uttered the immortal lines: 'I would like a medium Vodka dry Martini – with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred please'
It was Sean Connery who first uttered the immortal lines: 'I would like a medium Vodka dry Martini – with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred please'
Thunderball (1965),  sees Sean Connery as James Bond and Claudine Auger as Domino Vitali knocking back the famous cocktail
Thunderball (1965),  sees Sean Connery as James Bond and Claudine Auger as Domino Vitali knocking back the famous cocktail
Diamonds Are Forever (1971), starring Sean Connery even saw Bond enjoying one of the cocktails in the bath
Diamonds Are Forever (1971), starring Sean Connery even saw Bond enjoying one of the cocktails in the bath
Die Another Day, featuring Pierce Brosnan as the super spy, showed Bond enjoying a Vodka Martini, ordered to the most particular standards. But according to research, Bond is actually a greater lover of whiskey
Die Another Day, featuring Pierce Brosnan as the super spy, showed Bond enjoying a Vodka Martini, ordered to the most particular standards. But according to research, Bond is actually a greater lover of whiskey
For now though, the return to 'classic Bond' appears to have pleased even the most hardcore of fans.  
Ajay Chowdhury, president of the James Bond International Fan Club, told the Telegraph: 'In the novels, Bond drinks everything – beer, whisky – but the drink most associated with him is vodka martini, shaken not stirred. Everything else is gravy.'
Andrew Lycett, biographer of Ian Fleming, added: 'I think Bond aficionados like the sense of a classy drink, and somehow vodka has come through the field over the last 50 years.'

MARTINI MUST BE SHAKEN NOT STIRRED... BUT BOND ACTUALLY PREFERS BOURBON

He may be best known for his love of Vodka Martini, ordered to the most particular standards. 
But according to research, Bond is actually a greater lover of whiskey.
He sinks 317 drinks in Fleming’s 14 books, Vanity Fair reports.
He racks up 101 of whiskeys, including 37 orders of straight bourbon. 
He also quaffs sake, champagne, wine, and of course the Vesper. 
Invented by the superspy, the Vesper includes 3 measures of gin, 1 measure of vodka, ½ measure of Kina Lillet, and a thin lemon slice. 
He orders it just once, in Casino Royale. 
Filming of Spectre began last week after the film was announced on December 4 and revealed to include stars Monica Bellucci (Lucia Sciarra), Christoph Waltz (Oberhauser), and Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann). 
It comes after a draft script for Spectre was stolen from the film studio by a group calling themselves the Guardians of Peace.
Producers confirmed the cyber attack on the computers of Sony Pictures Entertainment last month and additional writers have had to be drafted in to help make changes to the ending..
The leak revealed that Spectre has a budget of over $300 million, which is $50 million more than the predecessor Skyfall. 
The internal documents reveal additional writers, including Jez Butterworth, have been drafted in to help Skyfall veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade with major changes to the plot of the new film.  It was also revealed that the 24th film will be shot in locations including Pinewood Studios, London, Rome, Mexico City, Morocco and the Alps.



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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Dressing up with Naomie Harris

Dressing up with Naomie Harris

The Bond actress on walking in heels and Oscar dressing

Pretty in pink: Naomie Harris
A lot of actors say a character starts with the shoes. In James Bond rehearsals I wear a lot of the sportswear brand Y3 but with Burberry kitten heels because Miss Moneypenny wears heels.
I’ve had to put in some serious time and effort practising walking in heels. Whenever I have to present anything in heels, I have nightmares the night before about falling over. A catwalk is my idea of hell.
When I’m filming Bond the most important thing is getting enough sleep. I wear cosy monogrammed pyjamas and a silk eye mask, apply Dr Gowri Motha night oil and listen to a hypnotherapy sleep CD.
I didn’t take anything from the Skyfall set, but Sam Mendes [the director] gave me a baseball cap and Barbara Broccoli [the producer] gave me a lovely bracelet and necklace.
As a student at Cambridge I had no fashion sense and looked very grungy. Zadie Smith was my contemporary and wore really colourful head scarves and always looked chic.
I recently met Zadie again at a dinner at [Burberry CEO] Christopher Bailey’s house. It’s the first time we’d spoken at length — we mostly talked about babies.
My biggest fashion faux pas was wearing a Matthew Williamson dress to the BAFTAs several years ago. It was inappropriately short. I looked very out of place and made it on to a lot of worst-dressed lists.
It gets really cold on the red carpet at this time of year and if you’re wearing a beautiful dress, you can’t really cover up in a coat or fit any kind of thermal underwear underneath.
A couple of Oscars ago I wore a gold dress made of recycled materials, including sweet wrappers, by Ghana-born designer Michael Badger. It had a large split up one side. You have to have a certain amount of grace to pull off the thigh-high-split look... you also have to be very careful about the underwear you wear.
Naomie Harris wore a pink rainbow dress in Swiss lace with Perspex embellishment and crystals (pictured) by Swarovski Collective designer Peter Pilotto to the British Fashion Awards

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Daily Mail EXCLUSIVE - Never-before-seen pictures of Monica Bellucci, 50, 'who was so beautiful as a child that waitresses gave her free food'

EXCLUSIVE - Never-before-seen pictures of world's oldest Bond girl Monica Bellucci, 50, 'who was so beautiful as a child that waitresses gave her free food'

  • Exclusive pictures show the glamorous actress before she became famous
  • But her father, Pasquale, tells MailOnline she was UGLY as a toddler
  • And he denies cosmetic surgery saying 'her lips were always that big'  
  • The attention was so intense that she became a reclusive child, father says
  • Hairdresser who discovered her said she was a natural from the first shoot 
  • Now, she will become the oldest ever Bond Girl at 50, starring in Spectre 
Pouting into the camera with all the assurance of a teenage bombshell, these exclusive pictures show a teenage Monica Bellucci in some of her earliest shoots.
Taken an incredible 32 years before she was selected, aged 50, from among the world's most beautiful women, as the latest Bond girl - these images show how the remarkable Italian actress has remained virtually unchanged by time.
The raven-haired beauty will become officially the oldest-ever Bond girl when she appears in the new 007 film Spectre opposite Daniel Craig next year.
'Just look at her lips,' her father Pasquale Bellucci insists, as he opens the family archive for MailOnline.
'Everyone says she has had work done. But here is the proof. Her lips really were that full even at the very beginning. She's completely natural.'
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Then and now: Monica Belucci aged 15 (left) and last week, at the launch of the new James Bond film, Spectre
Unchanged: Monica Bellucci aged 18 (left) and last week, aged 50, at the launch of the new James Bond film, Spectre

Natural model: Monica Bellucci, here aged 18, was completely self-confident in her first photoshoots and comfortable posing for the camera, according to the hairdresser who discovered her
Natural model: Monica Bellucci, here aged 18, was completely self-confident in her first photoshoots and comfortable posing for the camera, according to the hairdresser who discovered her
Stunning: Monica Bellucci styled at 18-years-old by Piero Montanucci, the hairdresser who discovered her
Stunning: Monica Bellucci styled at 18-years-old by Piero Montanucci, the hairdresser who discovered her
Family portrait: Pasquale Bellucci (pictured, back) says his daughter (pictured at 12, left) was ugly as a toddler
Family portrait: Pasquale Bellucci (pictured, back) says his daughter (pictured at 12, left) was ugly as a toddler
Her father, who ran his own lorry company before he retired, and her mother, a housewife, couldn't be prouder of their only child, who found fame on the catwalk before posing nude in Vanity Fair and starring in dozens of films including Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mel Gibson's The Passion.
The supermodel's pictures - which Mr Bellucci insists have not been seen before - hang everywhere in the family home in the village of Selci Lama near Citta del Castello, Umbria where she grew up 'surrounded by love'. Stacks of VHS tapes of her interviews from all over the world stand next to the TV.
'It's lucky we never had another child. They would probably have been jealous of Monica', her mother Brunella laughs.
But despite her breathtaking beauty as an adult, the sex siren wasn't a cute baby or toddler. 'She was so ugly', Pasquale says, pealing into laughter as they bring out 'Monica's first nude' aged 4 months.
Until she was a teenager they even kept her hair short like a boy, as her father had a theory that it would make it stronger and thicker in the long run. 'That's why she still has that long beautiful black hair today,' he insists.
But by 12 it was clear that she was exceptional -- she had an early instinct for fashion and already wore high heels, makeup and a chic turban to cover her short curly hair. 
Aged 18, Monica Bellucci was a great beauty who has remained 'completely natural' and has never had any work done, her father told MailOnline
Aged 18, Monica Bellucci was a great beauty who has remained 'completely natural' and has never had any work done, her father told MailOnline
Enchanting aged 18: Mr Bellucci says keeping her hair short as a child is the reason it's so long and beautiful today
Enchanting aged 18: Mr Bellucci says keeping her hair short as a child is the reason it's so long and beautiful today
Captivating: Monica's father recalled that she'd come straight home after school because people would stare at her in public. Pictured far left aged 18, above
Captivating: Monica's father recalled that she'd come straight home after school because people would stare at her in public. Pictured far left aged 18, above
Happy childhood: Portraits of Monica adorn the walls of her family's home in Umbria, Italy, where her parents say she was 'surrounded by love'
Happy childhood: Portraits of Monica adorn the walls of her family's home in Umbria, Italy, where her parents say she was 'surrounded by love'
First shoots: Piero Montanucci (right), the hairdresser who 'discovered' Monica, says she was completely self-confident in her first professional shoot aged 18 (left)
Her beauty was utterly captivating even then. Complete strangers propositioned her with offers of millions of lira and a new life abroad, friends say.
Waiters and waitresses at restaurants offered her the opportunity to eat for free. Teachers at school lost concentration – one presented her parents with a sketch he had done of her while supposedly teaching her in class.
But such beauty in a small town was not always a blessing. Monica at one point became reclusive because the attention was overwhelming, her father remembers.
'All the other kids would go and hang around in the piazza after school, as teenagers do. But Monica would hide away, taking a detour through the backstreets and then coming straight home.
'One day I asked her why she didn't want to be in the square with the others and she said: "When I go in the piazza everyone looks at me. The men look at me. The women look at me. All the kids from school. I feel ashamed".'
Her father continued: 'I told her "You need to get used to it. Looking like you everyone is going to stare at you for the rest of your life. You have to be strong." From that day she blossomed. She became strong'. 
These early words of wisdom boosted her self-assurance and she was soon 'discovered' by a local hairdresser who she met when she hitched a lift off him into town. 
Piero Montanucci, who is a still a friend today, says Monica 'had total self confidence' from their first shoots. He released pictures which he said had never been seen before to show how her natural beauty is unchanged.
Making history: At 50, Monica will become the oldest-ever Bond girl in the upcoming film, Spectre, where she will appear opposite Daniel Craig
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Making history: At 50, Monica will become the oldest-ever Bond girl in the upcoming film, Spectre, where she will appear opposite Daniel Craig
Bond girls: 50-year-old Bellucci poses with her younger co-stars, Naomie Harris, aged 38, (right) and Lea Seydoux, aged 29 (left)
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Bond girls: 50-year-old Bellucci poses with her younger co-stars, Naomie Harris, aged 38, (right) and Lea Seydoux, aged 29 (left)
The flamboyant hairdresser who still has a salon in Citta di Castello remembers the heady days of the 1970s: 'One day we did a shoot for some hair mousse with a photographer.
'But somehow the pictures turned out nude. The boss called me after two days and said 'Piero you've shot everything but her hair'. We had to do it all over again.'
Monica dressed 'almost androgynously' in the village, he said, as she didn't like to exhibit herself.
'One day she was wearing some sexy outfit on a shoot and I said she should dress more like that in Citta. She said, "Piero do you really think I can go around the village wearing this?" I had to admit no. It might have caused chaos!'
Half the town was in love with her, friends say. But Monica herself has said she found it annoying. She told an Italian newspaper: 'I was born in a provincial town.
'There any beautiful girl elicits a morbid curiosity just for existing. It was annoying. If you spoke to anyone people said you had gone to bed with them. For the men you are an object, for the women a whore.'
With all the attention, the diva's first lover came when she was 14 - in a Fiat Lancia. Monica told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. 'I was 14 and a half. Precocious. He was four years older... I could have done it far earlier as I was very free but I did it with a boy who I was very I love with who I liked physically and everything happened in the most beautiful of ways.'
But the Dolce and Gabbana muse refused all offers of fame and fortune saying she wanted to finish school first.
Old friends: Piero Montanucci (pictured, right) still remains friends with the actress, who posed nude in Vanity fair and starred in Bram Stoker's Dracula
Old friends: Piero Montanucci (pictured, right) still remains friends with the actress, who posed nude in Vanity fair and starred in Bram Stoker's Dracula
Even at 18, above, Monica's father says her beauty was 'utterly captivating' and even complete strangers propositioned her with offers of millions of lira and a new life abroad 
Her former mentor Piero explains: 'She didn't want to become famous -she always said she wanted to study 'and then we'll see'. Everything just happened to her. She did everything slowly, little by little. That's why her career has lasted. That's why she's still at star at 50 years old.'
After their final shoot together aged 19, before she went off to Milan signing a contract with Elite, Piero saw the contact sheet and said 'But Monica you are a beautiful girl', he remembers. 'She said: 'Hadn't you noticed before now?'
Despite her celebrity credentials, the Matrix actress returns to Citta di Castello often. But she and her two daughters Leonie and Dava will spend Christmas in Brazil with former husband Vincent Cassel whom she divorced this year.
In a storyline fit for a Bond girl, she was briefly rumoured to be dating Russian oligarch Telman Ismailov, but her parents scotched reports of a relationship.
Her mother said: 'She wants to be single. She has had a marriage – it lasted 20 years-now she's not looking for anything. She wants to give her love to her children. If love happens it happens.'
Striking brunette Brunella, who is a clothes size 8 and still works out at the gym - diva style - in full make-up, looks at least a decade younger than her real age of 71. She puts the family's longevity down to a diet high in fish – and homegrown vegetables from their garden. 
And if the latest Bond star is anything like her mother she'll still be gracing our screens in 20 years. 


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Tuesday, 9 December 2014