Take Your Golf Game to the Next Level in the Offseason
Take Your Golf Game to the Next Level in the Offseason

Take Your Golf Game to the Next...

Now that fall is upon us, let's face it - the golf season is winding down. Insert...

Take Your Golf Game to the Next Level in the Offseason

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Take Your Golf Game to the Next Level in the Offseason

Now that fall is upon us, let's face it - the golf season is winding down. Insert sad face. For some, that would mean putting the clubs away until spring and spending your winter dreaming about the course; instead, you can use this fall and winter to assess, train smart, and strengthen your body-swing connection.

5 Minutes with Meg: Feeling Overwhelmed? Me Too!
5 Minutes with Meg: Feeling Overwhelmed? Me Too!

5 Minutes with Meg: Feeling...

I’ve been thinking a lot about …

…being...

5 Minutes with Meg: Feeling Overwhelmed? Me Too!

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5 Minutes with Meg: Feeling Overwhelmed? Me Too!

I’ve been thinking a lot about …

…being overwhelmed.  Lots of starts and restarts happening around us right now.  All that change is awesome.  It’s crucial for growth, ongoing engagement, stimulation, and, ultimately, a happy fulfilled life.  And it can be crushingly overwhelming sometimes.

Member Spotlight: Michael
Member Spotlight: Michael

Member Spotlight: Michael

Most clients come to a session with their personal trainer ready to work, but very few...

Member Spotlight: Michael

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Member Spotlight: Michael

Most clients come to a session with their personal trainer ready to work, but very few come as prepared as Michael! Beginning in 2006, Michael has joined me at the Toronto Athletic Club three times a week for training; and we’ve been consistently working together ever since.

What it Takes to be an Ironman...
What it Takes to be an Ironman...

What it Takes to be an Ironman...

On August 19th, 2018, just under 3000 eager athletes, including 581 first...

What it Takes to be an Ironman...

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What it Takes to be an Ironman...

On August 19th, 2018, just under 3000 eager athletes, including 581 first timers, ages 18-80, raced in the 6th Annual Ironman Mont Tremblant. I was included in these athletes, along with our members Darcy and Tom Wefers and Louise Engelmann.

Self-Care Strategies for Stress Reduction & Wellness
Self-Care Strategies for Stress Reduction & Wellness

Self-Care Strategies for Stress...

Did you know that August is Wellness Month? While we near the end of the month, we...

Self-Care Strategies for Stress Reduction & Wellness

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Self-Care Strategies for Stress Reduction & Wellness

Did you know that August is Wellness Month? While we near the end of the month, we wanted to share a few strategies that you can (and should) incorporate into your daily life to reduce your stress and improve your overall well-being all year long! 

Helpful Tips for a Better Night's Sleep
Helpful Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

Helpful Tips for a Better Night's...

Jumy Kim, the Adelaide Health Club's Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture...

Helpful Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

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Helpful Tips for a Better Night's Sleep

Jumy Kim, the Adelaide Health Club's Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Specialist, explains how poor sleep is one of the most common concerns in her practice and gives some helpful tips for a better night's rest.

Have You Tried Bulletproof Coffee Yet?
Have You Tried Bulletproof Coffee Yet?

Have You Tried Bulletproof Coffee...

It may sounds strange but it’s actually pretty darn tasty. So what is Bulletproof...

Have You Tried Bulletproof Coffee Yet?

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Have You Tried Bulletproof Coffee Yet?

It may sounds strange but it’s actually pretty darn tasty. So what is Bulletproof coffee anyway?

Good Vs. Bad Sugars
Good Vs. Bad Sugars

Good Vs. Bad Sugars

Everyone “knows” that sugar is bad for you — but are there...

Good Vs. Bad Sugars

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Good Vs. Bad Sugars

Everyone “knows” that sugar is bad for you — but are there “good” vs “bad” sugars?


First things first, there is a big difference between added sugars in boxed/bagged/packaged foods such as candy, pop, cookies, etc vs natural sugars in whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

How To Strengthen Your Core Without Harming Your Lower Back
How To Strengthen Your Core Without Harming Your Lower Back

How To Strengthen Your Core Without...

You are doing sit-ups and crunches to build that six-pack, but your back gets sore. So...

How To Strengthen Your Core Without Harming Your Lower Back

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How To Strengthen Your Core Without Harming Your Lower Back

You are doing sit-ups and crunches to build that six-pack, but your back gets sore. So how are you going to build those washboard abs without hurting your back?

How Alcohol Consumption is Related to Fat Loss
How Alcohol Consumption is Related to Fat Loss

How Alcohol Consumption is Related...

There seems to be this notion among the average gym goers that it is okay to drink...

How Alcohol Consumption is Related to Fat Loss

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How Alcohol Consumption is Related to Fat Loss

There seems to be this notion among the average gym goers that it is okay to drink certain alcoholic beverages, because they contain zero calories. Vodka and soda is the go-to that I always hear about. 

Effects of Alcohol on Building Muscle
Effects of Alcohol on Building Muscle

Effects of Alcohol on Building...

Let's just jump straight to it! If you want to build muscle, which is a tough task...

Effects of Alcohol on Building Muscle

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Effects of Alcohol on Building Muscle

Let's just jump straight to it! If you want to build muscle, which is a tough task on it's own, you definitely want to stay away from alcohol consumption.
 
Alcohol will take away from muscle building for a variety of reasons. Here are a few points on why alcohol consumption is a bad idea when attempting to build muscle:

Do I Need To Go Gluten Free?
Do I Need To Go Gluten Free?

Do I Need To Go Gluten Free?

Gluten (a protein) can be found in wheat, barley and rye.

With so many...

Do I Need To Go Gluten Free?

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Do I Need To Go Gluten Free?

Gluten (a protein) can be found in wheat, barley and rye.

With so many processed foods on the market today, it can also be found hiding in salad dressings, condiments, deli meats and even candy. This makes giving up gluten a bit more tricky, and why should we do that in the first place?

Exercise and the Aging Brain
Exercise and the Aging Brain

Exercise and the Aging Brain

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. In an effort to spread awareness...

Exercise and the Aging Brain

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Exercise and the Aging Brain

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. In an effort to spread awareness about brain health, we are here to talk about Exercise and the aging brain.

9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine
9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine

9 Unexpected Things That Happen...

When our schedules become busy and stress levels raise, we tend to skip our workouts...

9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine

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9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine

When our schedules become busy and stress levels raise, we tend to skip our workouts and let our busy lifestyles get the best of us. We’ve all been there, and that’s ok.

Here are 9 reasons why your workout should be a priority during those busy, stressful times:

Cracking Your Back - Is it Good for You?
Cracking Your Back - Is it Good for You?

Cracking Your Back - Is it Good for...

Vanessa Foucher, Adelaide Clinics Physiotherapist talks to us about cracking your back,...

Cracking Your Back - Is it Good for You?

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Cracking Your Back - Is it Good for You?

Vanessa Foucher, Adelaide Clinics Physiotherapist talks to us about cracking your back, and the effects it may have. 

Adelaide Club Member Competes in First Ironman
Adelaide Club Member Competes in First Ironman

Adelaide Club Member Competes in...

Stephen Hamer, a 12 year member of the Adelaide Club, just completed his first...

Adelaide Club Member Competes in First Ironman

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Adelaide Club Member Competes in First Ironman

Stephen Hamer, a 12 year member of the Adelaide Club, just completed his first Ironman!

We had an opportunity to spend some time with him; to find out his motivation for competing and to better understand what goes into accomplishing such an incredible feat.

5 Natural Ways to Control Blood Pressure - Without Medication
5 Natural Ways to Control Blood Pressure - Without Medication

5 Natural Ways to Control Blood...

May is National High Blood Pressure Month.

Stop by The HUB on May 25th...

5 Natural Ways to Control Blood Pressure - Without Medication

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5 Natural Ways to Control Blood Pressure - Without Medication

May is National High Blood Pressure Month.

Stop by The HUB on May 25th between 11:45am-1:00pm to have your blood pressure reading done before your workout.

Recipe: Lobster Avocado Mango Salad
Recipe: Lobster Avocado Mango Salad

Recipe: Lobster Avocado Mango Salad

Carol-Ann, a trainer of 25+ years with the Cambridge Group of Clubs, is currently...

Recipe: Lobster Avocado Mango Salad

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Recipe: Lobster Avocado Mango Salad

Carol-Ann, a trainer of 25+ years with the Cambridge Group of Clubs, is currently taking her Healthy Culinary Art Certificate at George Brown College. She is learning excellent recipes to assist with performance, living a healthy lifestyle and ensuring she is getting the right nutrients in her diet. 

Below is a nutritious, healthy and refreshing spring salad recipe. Give it a try, let us know what you think! 

Dos and Don’ts to purchasing Organics
Dos and Don’ts to purchasing Organics

Dos and Don’ts to purchasing...

You’ve now heard about the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, so how do you move...

Dos and Don’ts to purchasing Organics

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Dos and Don’ts to purchasing Organics

You’ve now heard about the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, so how do you move forward with purchasing organic items for your family?

We’ve compiled a list of dos and don’ts for you, including what to look out for and where to buy organics.

The Dirty Dozen: Avoid These Produce Items
The Dirty Dozen: Avoid These Produce Items

The Dirty Dozen: Avoid These...

Have you heard about the dirty dozen? If not, we are here to help! 
Last...

The Dirty Dozen: Avoid These Produce Items

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The Dirty Dozen: Avoid These Produce Items

Have you heard about the dirty dozen? If not, we are here to help! 
Last week Environmental Working Group released their 2018 list of the fruits and vegetables most contaminated by pesticides. 

Read about the produce items you should avoid.

Bond and his cars

Bond and his cars
Posted: Nov 24, 2015

 

FAST CARS HAVE BEEN AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE JAMES BOND FRANCHISE FOR OVER 50 YEARS. AS THE FORTHCOMING 007 FILM SPECTRE FEATURES A SPECIALLY DESIGNED ASTON MARTIN, WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE ENDURING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE LONGEST RUNNING FILM SERIES AND LUXURY MOTORS

BY SHAUN CURRAN

Think of James Bond, and certain elements automatically spring to mind - the often implausibly death-defying feats, innovative and revolutionary gadgets, the array of beautiful Bond girls, the shaken but under no circumstances whatsoever stirred Martinis.

Alongside those staples of the 007 character go the luxury supercars -- often with the addition of the aforementioned beautiful Bond girl in the passenger seat -- that have for 50 years helped define the longest ever continuing film series, handing our spy hero a stylish vehicle to complement his fearless cunning.

So synonymous with the Bond brand are these cars, in fact, that from Toyota to Lotus, and from Mercedes to Aston Martin -- whose DB5 model is the quintessential Bond automobile -- to have your car featured in a Bond film has become a badge of honour to luxury car manufacturers the world over, adding a cache of otherwise unattainable cool. 

The long standing tradition of high end collaboration began with the first film Dr No, back in 1962  -- the Sunbeam Alpine was Bond’s first car, with no alterations by Q’s laboratory -- but it was actually three films into the series, 1964’s Goldfinger to be precise, that Bond’s car became integral to the franchise.

It was then that the Aston Martin DB5 made the first of its 11 appearances -- this time driven exquisitely by Sean Connery -- changing the course of cinematic, and luxury motor, history.

Because Ian Fleming’s original Goldfinger novel had placed Bond in an Aston Martin DB Mark III, the film’s producers decided to use the company’s latest model, the DB5, first launched in 1963 and discontinued in 1965.

A luxury grand touring car powered by a 282-horsepower 4.0 litre engine, it forged the template for the machines to follow. With a range of state-of-the-art amenities -- in-built telephone, reclining seats, electric windows, wool pile carpets, chrome wire wheels and full leather upholstery -- the DB5 featured on screen in Goldfinger also boasted a range of features required by every smooth talking international jet setting spy.

With a smoke screen, bullet proof windscreen, extending bumpers, a radar tracker, tire slasher, twin machine gun sidelights and even an ejector seat that allowed Bond to escape the throes of peril, Aston Martin had redefined the Bond car for generations to come. Coloured in distinctive Silver Birch, sales of the Aston Martin DB5 increased considerably, and the profile of the company grew exponentially as a result.

As time has elapsed, technology has developed and as the series has, over time, become the third-highest grossing film franchise to date, Bond’s cars have become ever more ostentatious.

The Lotus Espirit in 1977’s Roger Moore-starring The Spy Who Loved Me, is almost as famous as the DB5. A first generation model of a car that was built from 1976-2004 with a rear-mounted 2.0-litre engine, its ability to turn into a submarine and torpedo, death charge and launch surface to air missiles helped make the film a huge hit.

In contrast, some 007 product placement hasn’t always had the desired effect. By the mid-1990’s, with producers keen to relaunch Bond for a newer generation, BMW were the chosen partners for a trilogy of films, but the Z3 in Goldeneye was derided as nothing more than an underpowered advertisement for the company. The Z8 in The World Was Not Enough, with its Henrik Fisker-designed, sleek high performance 400-horsepower V8 engine, fared much better. The film’s version of the vehicle had radar-guided stinger missiles and remote control pads on the keyfob, as well as the addition of six different cup holders in the dashboard. Fighting the international forces of evil is thirsty work, after all. 

But for all of the (in)famous cars in Bond’s sprawling collection, Aston Martin have always been the jewel in the crown -- a fact not lost on Sam Mendes. The director of Skyfall has upped the automobile ante considerably as he takes on direction duties for the forthcoming Spectre, and five decades into a special relationship, Bond can now brag about what amounts to his own exclusive Aston Martin.

With his beloved DB5 blown up spectacularly in predecessor Skyfall, for Spectre, the 24th film in the series, Bond has been handed an Aston Martin DB10, a specifically designed car for Bond’s eyes only. Influenced by its DB5 ancestor, only 10 have been produced -- eight for the film and two for archive purposes – and the model will never be made available for retail purchase.

It’s a huge blow for both Bond and Aston enthusiasts. With the British car brand’s chief creative officer Marek Reichman leading the design, the DB10 cars used in the film are based on the V8 Vantage structure, and utilise that model's 4.7-litre V8 engine, albeit considerably wider, at 2109mm overall. Introducing new aluminium platform for the next generation of Aston Martin models, it adopts an engine from AMG, the performance division of Mercedes, giving a glimpse into what to expect from Aston Martin in the future.

As the trailer for Spectre aptly illustrates, the sleek silver vehicle will look great as it evolves into the brand’s road cars by 2016.

Mendes, himself involved with the car’s design, has called the DB10 “a non-human cast member,” such is its beauty, not to mention integral importance to the narrative of the newest Bond adventure. But in truth, the same could be said of the majority of the vehicles that have, from Dr No to Spectre, featured in Bond films over the last five decades -- and the next 50 years are likely to be even more fast, furious and spectacular for 007. 

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