Q-BRANCH -- It's that wonderful time of year when you ultimately say to yourself, "I wish my family and friends knew what I really wanted this year!" Whether you're in the mood to be a fan, or to be the MAN, these gifts will be welcome in any Bond fan's stocking. You can forward this article along to your friends, or treat yourself to something nice this year. Happy Holidays!
|Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection [Blu-ray] – The most obvious gift for any fan has to be the films themselves, and with the celebration of the 50th anniversary, Bond has never looked better! This gorgeous set has 22 Bond films on hi-def Blu-ray, with a picture quality that is truly amazing! The packaging is sleek and sexy, worthy of James Bond's 50th anniversary. If you're a recent James Bond fan, you have an amazing retro-journey ahead of you! Amazon, $285|
|LIFE 50 Years of James Bond [Hardcover] – This superb book from the editors of Life Magazine is another excellent souvenir of the 50th Anniversary. Life Magazine was on the scene in the swinging '60s when James Bond became a cultural icon, and now Life tells the whole story in this commemorative book. It's a fascinating look at the movies; the stars; the Life photo shoots; the knockoffs and spoofs-anything a Bond fan would want, packed into one book. Amazon, $19|
|The James Bond Archives [Hardcover] – EON Productions opened their archives of photos, designs, storyboards, and production materials to editor Paul Duncan, who spent two years researching over one million images and documentation. Among the 1,100 images are many previously unseen stills, on-set photos, memos, documents, storyboards, posters, and designs, plus unused concepts, and alternative designs. A must for serious Bond aficionados. Amazon, $126|
|Orleander Brown “Setter” Swim Trunks – Not only is this one stylish, but it will help you to keep your new years resolution to hit the gym. The first photo released from the filming of Skyfall was of James Bond sitting alongside an indoor pool in the evening, in his trademark blue swimming trunks. In reviving the 1950s swim short, the Setter has itself become a new classic, and like Bond himself, these classic trunks are an icon reinvented. Orlebar Brown, $230|
|The Parker Jotter Pen – If you're looking for a Bond gift that won't break the bank, here is the most inexpensive Q-gadget ever (except maybe ‘radioactive lint’). The exploding pen from Goldeneye is actually the Parker Jotter. This pen offers a sleek, streamlined design crafted from stainless steel for a professional look, providing a lifetime of durability. An easy way to show your friends an authentic Q-gadget, but remember how many ‘clicks’ will arm the grenade. Amazon, $10|
|Sunspel Riviera Polo Shirt – Another icon of Bond clothing that's been a staple in my wardrobe for many years is the navy blue Sunspel Riviera Polo. Originally tailored for Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, this stylish polo shirt is crafted from a breathable cotton mesh. The Riviera has a clean, contemporary aesthetic with minimal detailing and a slim fit. More flattering and sophisticated than your average polo, this one's an undesputed modern classic. Sunspel, $105|
|Bond on Set: Filming Skyfall [Hardcover] – This book is a unique visual record of the making of the latest James Bond film. Working alongside cast and crew, photographer Greg Williams provides an inside look into the world of Skyfall, with candid shots of the stars and sequences featuring many of the movie's breathtaking sets. It's an essential companion to the newest James Bond film, and the perfect addition to any collection. Amazon, $25|
|Guess James Bond T-shirts – Prefer to show your affinity for James Bond in a more casual way? Inspired by vintage movie posters of classic James Bond films, with crewneck and short sleeves, this easy-to-wear tee features the iconic and debonair spy. This graphic print recaptures the classic From Russia With Love imagery, with the iconic phrase, "Starring Sean Connery as James Bond 007" Other designs with Roger Moore are also available. Amazon, $39|
|Bond On Bond: Reflections on 50 years of James Bond Movies [Hardcover] – Following up his auto-biography, “My Word Is My Bond,” Roger Moore focuses on his experiences and thoughts specific to the world of Bond, and his new book features all the movies, along with a wonderfully witty account of his own involvement in them. This is the ultimate James Bond book, written by the ultimate insider, with all the affection and good humor he brought to the role. Amazon, $19|
|Being James Bond: Volume One – You didn’t think I’d pass a chance for a shameless plug, did you? “Being James Bond: Volume One” represents four years of research into the skills of James Bond. Volume One includes the complete ‘how-to’ chapters on Texas Hold’em Poker, Skiing, Drinks and Mixology, Traveling to London, Flying an Airplane, Bungee Jumping, and Horseback Riding. This book is a must for anyone trying to live a little more like James Bond. Bookstore, $19|
Here's hoping Santa brings you some good cheer! Happy Holdays from Being James Bond!