What would 007 want for Christmas? If you have a friend who loves the glamorous world of James Bond, why not give them a gift inspired by their favourite secret agent this year? There are plenty of great gifts inspired by the sexy world of international espionage described in the James Bond films.
First of all, start out with a fine martini at Duke’s Bar. We all know that James Bond loved his martini’s shaken and not stirred and this swanky boutique hotel bar in a Mayfair courtyard is thought to serve the very best martinis in the world according to the New York Times. The legend is that Ian Fleming himself would frequent Dukes Bar many years ago and the atmosphere of British sophistication here certainly inspired his writing.
James Bond doesn’t go anywhere without a few clever gadgets with plenty of different features, such as exploding pens and hidden spy cameras. Treat your 007 friend to a cool futuristic gadget, such as these skiing and snowboarding goggles with built in high definition digital camera. They will be able to record their adventures on the slopes easily with the hands free operational features. Or, check out this waterproof watch with a hidden camera.
Your Bond obsessed friend could smell like the secret agent with a cologne from Floris, the oldest perfume retailer in Britain. The list of past customers includes Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, HM Queen Elizabeth and of course, Ian Fleming. No.89, a manly fragrance with woody undertones, become the official scent of Bond. You could treat your friend to a bottle of No. 89, or even have them create their own signature scent so that they add their own twist.
Of course, to look the part of Bond you will need to head to one of the most sophisticated and elegant clothing tailors in Britain – Turnbull & Asser. This legendary clothing company has been around since 1885 and they have provided only the finest garments to the upper class gentleman. The blue shirt Sean Connery wore in “Dr. No” and the dress shirt worn by Daniel Craig in “Casino Royale” were created specifically for the films by Turnbull and Asser. The James Bond fan in your life will love the opportunity to be fitted for their very own bespoke shirt at a custom tailoring experience.
You can’t go wrong with a luxury inspired gift such as menswear, leather goods and accessories – only the finest will do for a James Bond fan. Take a look at Alfred Dunhill, considered one of the most iconic brands of men’s luxury products. The lighter that Sean Connery uses to light his cigarette on-screen before uttering the famous line “Bond, James Bond” is an Alfred Dunhill gas lighter. In Tomorrow Never Dies, Pierce Brosnan carries another Dunhil lighter that conceals explosives.
From luxury tailored shirts to clever gadgets to classic cologne and much more, these are just a few ideas for the James Bond lover in your life.