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How to Be Cool Like James Bond

Fifty years and 23 movies have come and gone since Dr. No, the first James Bond film released by MGM in 1962.

Skyfall due in U.S. theaters November 9, will extend the franchise, and the public’s love affair with the super-spy with heavy doses of the essentials: global bad guys, bikini-clad women, and plenty of bling—the luxurious cars, liquor, jewelry and gadgets flashed onscreen.

“For two plus hours, the films take you out of the plainness of your life,” says David Zaritsky, an avid fan and collector of Bond memorabilia.

Bond also sells: placing a product in James Bond’s hands can be one of the most effective advertisements a maker of luxury goods could hope for.

London is turning out big time for Bond's cinematic 50th anniversary. “Designing 007,”an exhibition at the Barbican celebrating Bond fashion and design, opened in July. From Sept. 28 to Oct. 8, Christie’s is hosting an online auction celebrating 50 years of Bond, drawing from the archives of the films’ casts and of EON Productions, the company behind the films. (An additional evening auction is scheduled for October 5 in London.) All auction proceeds will benefit UNICEF’s work for children and other charitable causes.

Bond films “are without doubt the best-dressed films,” says Bronwyn Cosgrave, curator for “Designing 007.” “It’s just fantastic eye candy,” she says.

Click ahead to see the accoutrements of the Bond lifestyle, past and present.

By Heesun Wee
Posted 26 Sept 2012

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