Ian Fleming

Indulge in Istanbul

“Is Istanbul safe?” was the first question from almost everyone when I returned home from Turkey. Yes, I found it safe. But Turkey’s tourism industry …

Europe

Blaze a trail in leather

Daniel Craig is back as Bond. And thanks to his tailored leather blazer, so's the only jacket meaner than he is. (But only tough guys need …

Hedi Slimane

8 Surprising Facts About the Suez Crisis

Season two of <i>The Crown</i> opens on a full-blown catastrophe: 1956's Suez Crisis. This mass failing of diplomacy would diminish Britain’s world standing …

Culture

'Skyfall' Could Have Been Very, Very Different Bond Film

As it's the fifth year anniversary of <i>Skyfall</i>, film website <i>BirthMoviesDeath</i> have looked back at the film and unearthed some little-known trivia in doing so.<p>According to their article, the 23rd Bond film had a treatment (the step between a sketched out plot and screenplay) which would have given …

Movies

Ottawa's pot penthouse in the sky

The ‘magical’ place where investors, bureaucrats and pot gurus gather to talk about the evolving marijuana business<p>White couch, white table, …

Cannabis Industry

Former private members' club to become one of London's grandest hotels under new plans from Billionaire brothers

ES News Email<p>The billionaire Reuben brothers have won planning permission to turn a former Piccadilly private members’ club into one of London’s …

London

If James Bond Were Real, He'd Probably Be Guilty of Sexual Misconduct in Post-Weinstein World

<i>This article was originally published on The Conversation.</i><p>That James Bond’s longest relationship with a woman has remained, in spite of his …

Feminism

Dr. No: The First James Bond Movie

<i>Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.</i><p>October 5, 1962 …

Culture

The best hotel openings of 2017

ES Lifestyle Newsletter<p>The global hotel scene is buzzing, with exciting new openings left, right and centre. And 2017 has seen one of the best …

Hotels

The Guns of James Bond: Sean Connery

<b>For the guns used on-screen by the other actors to play James Bond, go here.</b><p>The first film in the long series of official James Bond movies was <i>Dr. …

Movies

Literary-Inspired Drinks Aren't Just Another Trend

Alcohol and fiction are rekindling a longstanding romance.<p>Alcohol has a longstanding relationship to literature. Often deployed by writers as an …

Literature

Hugh Jackman: why he turned down the role of James Bond

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Actor Hugh Jackman poses in the VIP Lounge during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on September 23, 2017 …

Movies

The Guns of James Bond: Timothy Dalton

After the warring Bond films of 1983, Roger Moore played the character for a final time in <i>A View to Kill</i> (1985) before the role of Britain's top …

Benicio del Toro

Meet some remarkable editions: Enticing book arts titles of this year

The two most enticing book arts titles this year for me have been <i>The Remarkable Martin Stone</i> and <i>Bernard M. Rosenthal, a Biographical and</i> …

Books

The Guns of James Bond: George Lazenby

When Sean Connery departed the Bond series after five films, the studio decided to cast an utter unknown in the role, since the formula had worked in …

Movies

Family Tried and Tested - Le Weekend mini-break in Le Touquet, northern France

<b>France</b> might be our closest neighbour, but it recently dawned on me that we had somehow neglected to ever take our children there. Over the past year …

France

What Would James Bond's "Real" EDC Look Like? - Carryology - Exploring better ways to carry

<i>“Were you expecting an exploding pen? We don’t really go in for that anymore.”</i><br>– Q to Bond (Skyfall, 2012)<p>I’ve been a massive 007 fan since my Dad …

Cool Stuff

Partners In Prime: Simultaneous Comebacks of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer Were a 2017 Highlight

Pity your favorite editorial cartoonist. Usually 'tis the season when that weary wretch can, for a day, get away with a dashed-off Father Time: …

Tennis

High Buildings, Low Morals: Stories They Didn’t Want You To Know

Walker’s Court, Soho in 1966 Modern London is all sanitised and gentrified comes the familiar lament. Soho’s safe after dark, the City’s villains …

Nelson Mandela

Fascinating F1 Fact: 11

The recent news that Aston Martin hopes to enter Formula 1 in the near future, suggests that we will soon have a third chapter in the F1 history on …

Pork Pie

Quentin Tarantino Beams Aboard For 'Star Trek 4' But Is That A Good Thing?

‘Star Trek’ is in an odd place right now. Or rather, it has been for a while, but in a way that is just now coming to a head. After ‘Star Trek: …

Star Trek

A Little Noir in Macau: “The wickedest city on earth.”

Usually it’s a book that suggests the subject city of this column. I’ll read, or remember reading, a crime novel that was superbly atmospheric, …

Macau

Horrors and heart-warmers: Sarah Waters, Mel Giedroyc and more pick great winter's tales

Mel Giedroyc chooses a Christmas pud whodunnit, Sarah Waters a ghostly spinetingler. Andrew O’Hagan goes for a psychic shocker – and Penelope Wilton nabs Winnie the Pooh. But what will Emeli Sandé and Tom Hollander choose?<p>Sarah Waters<p><i>The Open Door, by Margaret Oliphant</i><p>In this gem of supernatural …

Books

Vanishing act: The mystery of famous and not-so-famous missing people

Had Agatha Christie chiefly been a writer of, say, romance novels or social comedies, her movements on Friday 3 December 1926 might not have …

Agatha Christie

Shaken, Not Stirred: How to charter a yacht like James Bond

Shaken, Not Stirred : How to charter a yacht like James Bond<p>On your French Riviera yacht charter, you’ll likely visit many locations from the …

Boats

Kingsley Amis was spied on – but he’s in the best literary company

MI5 kept tabs on Amis, who joins Byron, Wordsworth, Orwell and Iris Murdoch as having been suspected of espionage<p>The National Archives revealed this week that MI5 kept a file on Kingsley Amis after learning in the 1940s that he was a student communist. Amis was then called up and his commanding …

Literature

HarperCollins inks second global deal with Slaughter

HarperCollins has inked a "major" world English and foreign language publishing agreement with thriller writer Karin Slaughter.

Publishing

Business BMX II DVD - Nick Palfrey Section

▼ Advertisement ▼<p>▼ Advertisement ▼<p>Check out Nick Palfrey’s section that wraps up the “Business II” DVD!<p>The final section from the “Business II” DVD …

BMX

Ultra-Cool New Illustrations For the Original James Bond Novels

The handsome new editions of Ian Fleming's Bond books boast sleek new art from London-based illustrator Fay Dalton.<p>We’ve used this space before (more …

Movies

Author Sir Kingsley Amis was regularly monitored by Britain’s MI5, documents show

British author Sir Kingsley Amis was famous for his prodigious literary career, boisterous personality and radical political views. He was also the subject of regular monitoring by Britain's MI5 spy service, newly released documents show.<p>The reports about Sir Kingsley are among thousands of …

Communist Party