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Bond Beauties

  • Jared Paul Stern


As the hype crescendos around *Quantum of Solace*'s impending release—new Bond Girls!—it's a good time to consider the flick in its historical context. Especially as a smashing collection of classic 007 placards are hitting the block at Christie's in London tomorrow. The prized Bond lot in the auction house's *Vintage Film Posters* sale is a mint condition 1964 *Goldfinger* sheet in the rare British quad style B format, estimated at $7,00 - $10,000.

We're partial however to this quirky and equally scarce Aston Martin promo piece produced for *Thunderball* in 1965, which is a much better deal at est. $3,000 - $3,500. Also included are classics from *Dr. No* (1962, est. $2,700 - $4,500), *From Russia With Love* (1963, est. $2,700 - $4,500) and the rest of the pantheon, with several variations of each. Mr. Craig would do well to study these masterpieces if he hopes to err on the side of Connery.

You're So Vain


Considering how seriously nouveau 007 Daniel Craig takes his suits, we were not surprised to see that he made the grade in *Vanity Fair*'s 2008 International Best-Dressed List.

However, knowing how into Tom Ford Craig is—as we noted before, he refused to wear anything else for his *GQ* cover shoot, and went through 40+ Ford suits while filming the latest Bond flick, *Quantum of Solace*—we were somewhat taken aback to see him pictured in the mag wearing nothing but Dolce & Gabbana. Looks to us like someone at *VF* went out of their way to favor the Italian duo over the MOTH king—and it also looks like Tommy needs to buy a lot more ad space.

The New Bond Girl Next Door


Ah, the Bond Girl—intended as a paragon of her species, the female foil and flame of cinema's ultimate embodiment of masculinity says more about what we wish women were than what they are. Beginning with Ursula Andress (who emerged Aphrodite-like from the surf), the history of Bond's beauties is a long and luscious chronicle of our desires both sublime (Barbara Bach's Agent XXX) and ignoble (Denise Richards' Dr. Christmas Jones).

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