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

Health & Wellness

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.

5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness
5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

Take a break from any stress, anxiety, anger or sadness you might have been carrying....

5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

Health & Wellness

5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

Take a break from any stress, anxiety, anger or sadness you might have been carrying. Read how the practice of Mindfulness can benefit your workout!

Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise
Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise

Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through...

Heather Douglas, an active 33 year Adelaide Club member was diagnosed with...

Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise

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Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise

Heather Douglas, an active 33 year Adelaide Club member was diagnosed with Osteoporosis. Recently, she was given some astonishing test results: no osteoporosis in her spine.

Read about how she reversed the effects of her disease!

Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad
Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

Carol-Ann is an incredible trainer with 25+ years of experience, who is always looking...

Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

Health & Wellness

Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

Carol-Ann is an incredible trainer with 25+ years of experience, who is always looking to add knowledge and skills. Check out her "go-to" warm, hearty salad! 

Not One Ironman, but Two
Not One Ironman, but Two

Not One Ironman, but Two

Toronto Athletic Club Member, Neil Marsh, has been training extremely hard for a goal...

Not One Ironman, but Two

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Not One Ironman, but Two

Toronto Athletic Club Member, Neil Marsh, has been training extremely hard for a goal that is close to his heart. With the help of our Senior Trainer and triathlon guru, James Corcoran, Neil is preparing to compete in two Ironman competitions in 2018 - Ironman Switzerland this summer and Ironman Florida in November.

You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care
You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care

You Don't Need to be an Executive...

"I have to make an appointment to have my prescription refilled? Why...

You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care

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You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care

"I have to make an appointment to have my prescription refilled? Why can't I talk to my doctor over the phone? I'm sick on vacation, I need some help!"

These were the common questions and concerns we were hearing from our patients. Well, we listened and as a result developed our Executive Medical Program. We took all the concerns our patients were having and created a program geared towards saving time while offering preventative healthcare.

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide
For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at...

We sat down with two of the Adelaide's regular cyclers, Tylar and Malcolm,...

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

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For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

We sat down with two of the Adelaide's regular cyclers, Tylar and Malcolm, who joined for very different reasons but continue to ride for surprisingly similar ones.  

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life
Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on...

We spent time with Sandra, a legal assistant at a law firm in downtown Toronto, a...

Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

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Uplifting Impacts Yoga Can Have on Your Professional Life

We spent time with Sandra, a legal assistant at a law firm in downtown Toronto, a regular yogi at the Adelaide Club, and a member since 1987!

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance
Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance...

Our Director of Pilates & Yoga, Sandi Simoes, shares her insight on smaller...

Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

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Small Muscle Focus = Better Balance & Performance

Our Director of Pilates & Yoga, Sandi Simoes, shares her insight on smaller muscles - and why you shouldn't neglect them in your workouts.

Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game
Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

Fall in Love with Squash, the...

We sat down with Neil, a dedicated squash player and a member of the

Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

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Fall in Love with Squash, the perfect (cardio) game

We sat down with Neil, a dedicated squash player and a member of the Adelaide Club for nearly four decades, to hear more about his love of the game of squash.

Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength
Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

Five Reasons a Director of M&A...

We spent time with our longstanding member, Enrique, a Director of M&A...

Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

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Five Reasons a Director of M&A Concentrates on Strength

We spent time with our longstanding member, Enrique, a Director of M&A Integrations at one of Toronto’s leading banks, to discuss how he balances his professional ambitions and personal time in pursuit of his fitness goals.

Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018
Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

Why Strength Lab may be your new...

Our Group Exercise Director, Lauren Neal, answers all your questions about the...

Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

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Why Strength Lab may be your new favourite workout in 2018

Our Group Exercise Director, Lauren Neal, answers all your questions about the Adelaide Club's new Strength Lab classes.

5 Minutes with Meg
5 Minutes with Meg

5 Minutes with Meg

Meg Sharp shares all the methods you can use to stay motivated and crush your fitness...

5 Minutes with Meg

Health & Wellness

5 Minutes with Meg

Meg Sharp shares all the methods you can use to stay motivated and crush your fitness goals.

Resolve to be fit, once and for all!
Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

Resolve to be fit, once and for...

Check out our top 10 ways to be successful with your New Year's...

Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

Health & Wellness

Resolve to be fit, once and for all!

Check out our top 10 ways to be successful with your New Year's resolutions.

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!
The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym:...

Come and check out our newly-equipped STRENGTH Gym at The Adelaide...

The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

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The new Adelaide Club STRENGTH Gym: Now open for your next strength workout!

Come and check out our newly-equipped STRENGTH Gym at The Adelaide Club. Everything from kettle bells, sleds, and turf to get you in the best shape of your life.

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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