Harajuku style

As seen in the Harajuku district of Tokyo:

Harajuku tote

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Colourful Kensington

As seen in Toronto’s Kensington Market:

Kensington burrito

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Big dreams

are made of this in Dublin, Ireland:

big dreams

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Colourful ladies

As seen in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic:

Puerto Plata ladies

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memories of the ’80s – The Living Daylights

Image result for the living daylights movie posterIn the late 1980s, the James Bond film franchise decided to reboot with a new star in the movie The Living Daylights.

Timothy Dalton was chosen to play the British spy, and this 15th action film of the series was based on an Ian Fleming short story of the same name.

This was the last time the franchise used an official title from Fleming until 2006’s Casino Royale.

Dalton’s Bond first mission is to aid in the defection of a KGB officer (Georgi Kosov played by Jeroen Krabbe) during a symphony performance in Bratislava which he does and gets him back to the UK. However, the Soviet Union’s General Leonid Pushkin (played by John Rhys-Davies) grabs him back and Bond is tasked to find Kosov.

Bond goes to Vienna to track down the symphony cellist who seemed to help – and discovers she is the KGB officer’s girlfriend – Kara Milovy, played by Maryam D’Abo. Escaping Soviet henchmen, Bond realizes that Kosov may be a double agent and all things as it seems may not be as Pushkin informs him Kosov has embezzled from the Soviet government.

But who will Bond trust – Milovy, Kosov or Pushkin? Or none?

Written by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson, The Living Daylights is the first Bond film produced by Albert R. Broccoli, his stepson Wilson and his daughter Barbara Broccoli.

Released in June 1987 for the summer blockbuster season, the film’s budget was a hefty US$40 million, with shooting locations in the UK, Austria, Germany, US, and Morocco and the classic car: an Aston Martin V8, the largest car of the AM series, and a return to these cars after using Lotus sportscars in the previous two films.

This Bond was rougher and tougher, losing a bit of elegance and gaining a lot of grit and less humour. Fans loved it, with box office totals at US$191.2 million but it would be only the first of two films that starred Dalton.




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As seen in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic:

Puerto Plata chicken

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memories of the ’70s – The Spy Who Loved Me

Image result for the spy who loved me film posterIn 1977, James Bond came back to the screen with Roger Moore in the memorable The Spy Who Loved Me.

This was Moore’s third time as the British spy, and although based on the Ian Fleming book of the same name, the storyline of the film was completely different from the book.

The two governments are tipped off to some intrigue when British and Russian submarines are disappearing. Bond and Amasova are both in Egypt trying to get the microfilm that has plans for a new submarine tracker and encounter assassin Jaws.

Saving Amasova from Jaws, the two spies report their findings, realizing they may have to work together to get rid of their new nemesis: Karl Stromberg. A reclusive meglomaniac, his goal is to destroy Moscow and New York City, and create a new civilization under the sea.

After surviving his attack, their governments allow them to team up to discover Stromberg. The two discover Stromberg’s lair and go up against Jaws again, but also discover what they need to do to defeat him. Amasova also reveals she was the lover of a Russian spy who Bond killed.

Produced by Albert R. Broccoli and directed by Lewis Gilbert, who had previously directed You Only Live Twice, which starred Sean Connery, The Spy Who Loved Me had all the Bond themes: a smart villain threatening to destroy the world, beautiful women, exotic locations and plenty of gadgets including a Lotus Esprit sportscar which converts to a submarine.

The film’s location included Sardinia and Costa Smeralda in Italy, Cairo and Luxor in Egypt, underwater scenes filmed in The Bahamas and new sound stage in England called Pinewood Studios for many interior scenes.

Released in July 1977 in the UK and North America, the film was heralded as a return to the standard of Bond films and was a runaway favourite with fans, earning US$185 million at the box office.

The film also was nominated for three Academy Awards and helped cement the franchise as still as popular as ever with Roger Moore leading them into the next decade.

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