This Valentine's Day, a Dutch treat: cover model Daphne Deckers, the latest Bond girl to pack heat in a steely Playboy pictorial. Bart Van Leeuwen photographed the beauty who, thanks to a TV gig in Holland, is more famous than Queen Beatrix. With a role in the 18th Bond flick, Tomorrow Never Dies, the pouty blonde promises to be hotter than tulips. When it comes to Bond, nobody does it better than Lee Pfeiffer, co-author of The Incredible World of 007. Here, in Bond's Little Black Book, Pfeiffer delivers a white paper on our favorite facts (Dom Pérignon must be chilled below 38 degrees Fahrenheit), figures (Pussy Galore and Plenty O'Toole) and Q tips (Bond had a submarine in the shape of an alligator). Then it's from Germany with love. Tomorrow's psychotic enforcer, Götz Otto, weaves his way through Out of Bondage--a sexy, spy-crazy fashion spread. It will help you look dangerous in tuxedos or trousers.
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Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry (Fine Line), his most personal film to date, is patently drawn from his own experience as a first-rate comic artist with a screwed-up private life. It is ostensibly the bio of a successful novelist named Harry Block (Woody's role) who wrings best-sellers from his marriages, frequent affairs and flings with prostitutes but concedes he can't function in real life. In Allen's inventive mélange of fact and fancy, Block imagines actors playing scenes from his books, then contrasts those moments with a real world that often spins out of control. As a film, Harry alternates between self-absorption and outright hilarity--particularly in achingly funny scenes with Judy Davis and Kirstie Alley as two of the angry ex-wives he has offended in print and in private. Enlisting the usual cast of names--all of whom seem eager to play any part for Allen--he has Robin Williams in a juicy role as a man who is out of focus, plus Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Demi Moore, Eric Bogosian, Billy Crystal, Elisabeth Shue and Richard Benjamin as various characters, real or imagined. At times it's edited in a disconcertingly jumpy style and is also suspiciously misogynistic. But any movie by Allen nowadays turns out to be a cornucopia of egocentric analyses and unbuckled laughter. 3 1/2 bunnies
The career of Danny Nucci, 29, has gone swimmingly since his stint as a submarine officer in Crimson Tide, which in turn won him a role as a Navy Seal in The Rock. He's at sea again as a romantic immigrant in the new, epic Titanic. "It was a long, tough shoot, and I was wet a lot," Nucci recalls. "But I play Leonardo DiCaprio's buddy, and he's a master mimic. He had me on the floor laughing." Last year Nucci scored as a scene-stealing Lothario wooing Bette Midler's daughter in That Old Feeling. Speaking to us on the phone "from a bed and breakfast in the middle of fucking nowhere," he was actually somewhere in New Mexico filming a comic Western called The Outfitters. Among other forthcoming credits are The Unknown Cyclist, about four friends on a grueling bicycle ride for an AIDS charity. He also has the lead in Sugar, "playing a sexually addicted man whose family and girlfriend have him sent to a rehab clinic. I frequent brothels, have a masturbation room and spend thousands on phone sex."
The Beaver is sexy, spunky, smart and industrious. She is also obsessed with professional football, as are most of her girlfriends. While I consider myself a fan of the game, I know I can't match the Beaver and her Beaverettes, the National Football League's most committed groupies.
If you had to guess which companies would do best in the age of information, you'd probably pick America's biggest and best-known media firms, right? Over the past 15 years, the global spread of personal technology--from laptops to satellite dishes, from cell phones to the World Wide Web--has expanded the market for information into what is rapidly becoming the biggest business on earth.
[Q]I'm an avid poker player. Several years ago I started to hear that casinos were going to experiment with a four-colored deck: red hearts, black spades, blue diamonds and green clubs. The rationale was that there would be fewer misread cards. Has this type of deck been tried? If so, what were the results?--M.T., Arroyo Grande, California
Meet Bill, a high school student. Bill used to take his studies seriously but says, "I'd heard a lot from the guys who were dating, and I decided maybe less work and more play was what I needed, too." He soon met Sherry, and after a few dates, they "started having sex." Distracted, Bill fell behind in his studies, and in the middle of finals Sherry told him she was pregnant. "It turned out to be a false alarm, but for four weeks we went through hell." After that "we were finished with each other," says Bill. "I almost lost my whole future, just for the 'fun' of having sex."
The woman was distraught. Her husband had just committed suicide by hanging. She wanted to preserve his sperm. Was it possible? The doctor agreed to perform the operation, reasoning that the woman wanted her husband's child and that she herself was of sound mind.
I am going to keep my images and there's nothing you can do! So please wipe your ass it's getting smelly butthead. Stop breathing or farting is what I should say! Do you read Playboy much? I don't I just look at the pictures that I get free from the Internet. So let me have my freedom of speach you little cock because you are what you eat (you cock). P.S. When you fuck your pillow does it fuck back like your wife did to me!!!"
Where were you on the night of August 25, 1995? If you were glued to the tube for the debut of Playboy TV's Night Calls, you were a charter member of its now very popular fan club. The interactive sex fantasy program is so hot in both ratings and content, it makes 900 numbers seem limp. At the show's helm are Juli Ashton and Doria--bisexuals who are as uninhibited as the show itself--sharing sex tips ("I'm an expert. Only happy men leave my bed," Doria says) and exploring their fantasies. Night Calls is Playboy TV's highest-rated program, receiving more than 150,000 calls per show (only a fraction get on). What's the secret of its success? With to-die-for hosts clad in headsets and little else, topics such as "fun with dildos" and visits from Fax Girl and Helmetcam Man, Night Calls was a no-brainer. "It's an erotic comedy," Juli says. The show has inspired Night Calls: The Movie and a sequel that teams Juli and Doria with the hosts of Night Calls UK. "We have a huge cult following. We're like The Rocky Horror Picture Show," Doria says. Call it prime time, Playboy style.
Playboy's History of the Sexual Revolution, Part VI: Something Cool, 1950--1959
James R. Petersen
These were the good old days, the happy days, what would become for many of us the source of our earliest, fondest memories. They still define the American character--on television reruns. At every hour of the day someone somewhere is reliving the golden age of the American family.
I had moved for a while to Key West, bailing out of a marriage gone sour and an affair gone sad. I had rented a room in a little white-frame conch house, borrowed a bike, bought some flip-flops and a cheap used blender, and worked on feeling sorry for myself--wasting away in Margaritaville, even before it was incorporated.
Saying "I love you" with Chicago Bulls tickets or the key to a new Jaguar would have turned Marlene Dietrich's head faster than flowers and candy. Admission to witness the flights of Air Jordan is priced from $20 for standing room (not a cool move if you're looking to make an impression) to $425 for a courtside seat. Air France offers a different ticket--to ride aboard the Concorde. A New York-to-Paris round-trip is $8398, and you can tag along for about $4200. Around Marlene's neck is an 18-kt. yellow-and-white-gold necklace containing 232 round diamonds, from Sidney Garber Jewelers ($ 23,525). On her arm: TAG Heuer's ladies' Sports Elegance quartz wristwatch, from Lester Lampert ($1095). Dangling from her finger is a key to the Jaguar XK8 convertible that was the Robb Report's 1997 Car of the Year ($74,280). Who could ask for anything more?
Sweet Julia Schultz has a wild side. On one hand, the 18-year-old San Diego native is an animal lover who frequents the humane society. ("I want a kitten, but my three rottweilers would eat it," she says.) On the other, she's a model who built a portfolio in Milan at the age of 15 and has been riding motorcycles since she was two. "What do you expect?" the multifaceted Julia asks. "Dad was in the Hell's Angels, and those guys are softies at heart." We met Miss February for an intimate chat.
Gray-bearded Columbus holds out his hand, palm upturned, toward a pair of Indian chieftains who carry bows. Nearby, bare-breasted native women knead maize. Columbus is wearing a breastplate, breeches and a purplered cape. In the crook of his arm, Columbus carries a visored helmet resplendent with scarlet plumes. His sword is sheathed.
In December 1971 we asked nine celebrated photographers to define the word erotic. The result, Personal Visions of the Erotic, included, among other startling images, a Ben Rose photo of a couple making love atop a zebra and a Francesco Scavullo goddess rising nude from an animal pelt. Of his shot above, Pete Turner said: "While a woman pulling another woman's nipple affects some viewers emotionally, I like the graphically exciting design." We're graphics fans, too.
In a scene in Golden Eye, James Bond's female boss M called her top agent a "sexist, misogynist dinosaur, a relic of the Cold War." A worldwide audience spent $350 million proving her wrong and making the film the most successful in the series. We think M missed the point. Bond's appeal has nothing to do with being in a particular era in political history. His enduring appeal has to do with something fundamental about being a man. He takes the time to take himself seriously, a quality in opposition to being pompous. James Bond is a lifelong student of quality--in things, in people, in philosophy. He also remains the quintessential and unrepentant Material Man. No amount of revisionist social change can disturb that. James Bond is a man who likes his toys. He also likes his clothes, his personal accessories, his leather goods, his drinks and his food. If his appetites existed by themselves, he would be considered an insufferable snob. But Bond has simply decided what is best for him--and he gets it. He is, more so in the books than in the movies, a complex cluster of all the male virtues and some of the more forgivable male vices. He is well groomed, but not vain. He demands quality in everything, but is not a fop. And that is how he became an icon in the Sixties--when he influenced everything from clothing to decorum to what every boy wanted to be when he grew up. Today, he is back leading the way to discerning the high life. Fashion designers have co-opted the 007 look and the book Dressed to Kill: James Bond, the Suited Hero dissects his sense of style. Tomorrow Never Dies, the 18th official Bond epic, cost $100 million to make and should go on to set a new box office Bond record. What follows is a brief look at 007's "black book"--a collection of the agent's most memorable lovers, weapons, clothes, gadgets, gizmos, vehicles and, of course, villains.
When readers met Victoria Valentino in September 1963, she was into singing, painting, dancing and acting. She soon added working as a Bunny at the Los Angeles Playboy Club. Most recently, she's the woman behind Centerfold Sweethearts, a quarterly newsletter that updates fans on their favorite Playmates. "I let fans know how to get in touch with us on a personal basis," she says. "It's in high demand." As Victoria puts it, her life has been "a veritable odyssey. I've been married a few times, had three children, gone back to college and become a registered nurse." The loss of her son in a drowning accident inspired her to become a bereavement counselor as well. "When you help others heal, you heal yourself, too," she says. Victoria has certainly done that--and more.
He's German, he's bad and he's blond (for now)--three reasons why co-producer Barbara Broccoli cast Götz Otto as the psychopathic Stamper in Tomorrow Never Dies. We'll give you reason number four: The man looks killer in classic clothes. Otto was outfitted in traditional Bond bad-guy garb: dynamite tuxedos, evil eyewear and trousers with razor-sharp creases. Like his cinematic predecessors Klaus Maria Brandauer, Curt Jurgens and Gottfried John, Otto is a German enforcer who makes 007 sweat. He's also 6'6", which means his clothes are customized by the fashion equivalent of Q. But we've given you info on comparable cuts from designers available in the U.S. With some cash and confidence, you too can make like a movie villain. Just don't forget the hair dye.
For 27-year-old director Paul Thomas Anderson, the thrilled critical response to his film "Boogie Nights"--the story of an innocent young man whose foot-long love gland transforms him into a porn star of the late Seventies and early Eighties--must make the sophomore director feel like he's similarly endowed. The film is based on a short Anderson made when he was 17, called "The Dirk Diggler Story." Ten years later, it's screen history. In the interim Anderson made another short, "Cigarettes and Coffee," that got him into the Sundance Institute's Filmmaker's Workshop and that led to his first feature, "Sydney." Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Gwyneth Paltrow, it was retitled "Hard Eight" and quickly faded away. We asked Contributing Editor David Rensin to talk with Anderson as "Boogie Nights" went into wide release. Rensin says, "We met at a popular Valley deli, where the waitresses knew and adored Anderson. He sat down, rummaged in his huge briefcase for his glasses, and with a smile announced, 'Let me wash my hands before I begin the interview.' I think that he also washed them afterward."
Dutch model and actress Daphne Decker is as famous in Holland as Queen Beatrix. It's not surprising. With a résumé that includes being "the face" of Veronica TV (a young, wild Dutch television station), appearing in Dutch singer Marco Borsato's music videos and writing a best-seller (My Life as a Model) and a children's book, she has graced more billboards, magazine covers, book jackets and TV screens than all of Dutch royalty combined. Next up? A role as the sexy public relations agent to bad guy Jonathan Pryce in the new James Bond flick, Tomorrow Never Dies. "It's a small part," says the 29-year-old beauty. "I auditioned to be one of the Bond girls, but those roles went to Teri Hatcher and Michelle Yeoh." Daphne, Teri, Michelle--sounds like 007th heaven to us.
Below is a list of retailer and manufacturers you can contact for information on where to find this month's merchandise. To buy the apparel and equipment shown on pages 22, 24, 28, 33-34, 36, 82-83 114-117 and 167, check the listings below to find the stores nearest you.
Howdy Doody • Captain Video • Kukla, Fran • Ollie • The Lone Ranger • One Man's Family • Texaco Star Theater (Milton Berle) • Toast of the Town (Ed Sullivan) • Colgate Comedy Hour (Martin and Lewis) • Your Show of Shows (Sid Caesar) • Lux Video Theater • Stop the Music • You Bet Your Life (Groucho Marx) • Quiz Kids • Big Town • What's My Line • Studio One • Truth or Consequences • Studs' Place • Beat the Clock • Roller Derby • Gillette Cavalcade of Sports • The Adventures of Superman • The Goldbergs • Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts • Hopalong Cassidy • Martin Kane, Private Eye • Your Hit Parade • Broadway Open House
You could push the 282-horsepower BMW 540i Sport to its limit on the way home from the dealership and end up in traffic court. Or you could take advantage of BMW's European Delivery Program, open up the car on the autobahn--and save a cool $4800 off the list price. Foreign delivery programs are offered by most European carmakers and are one of the best-kept secrets in the auto biz. You get the same vehicle you would buy here, with the same specs, except you pick it up where it's made. After driving the automobile around Europe for a while (racing down German highways or tooling through villages in the Swiss Alps), you drop it off at a preselected destination and fly home. Your car is shipped across the Atlantic, then trucked to your local dealership, where you pick it up. It's a hassle-free process that can save you big bucks on the price of the vehicle--enough to cover your European vacation.
"You are my sun, my moon, my stars . . .," reads the card that accompanies Heart's Desire, a romantic gift set to be given by men who are into valentines, passion and one-stop shopping. The package includes 3.3 ounces of Mezzaluna perfume by Jean Philippe Paris, the Worlds Away jazz CD or cassette, a shiny gold star-shaped candle, a white silk thong adorned with red hearts and a handmade heart-shaped pillow with a secret wish pocket--for the key to a new Porsche, perhaps? Price: $79. To order, call Bright Ideas at 888-LUV-4332.
Playboy's Special Swimsuit Issue--With no Swim-Suits! That's Right, 12 Pages of Bathing Beauties with no Distractions from Trendy Designers. Plus, this year's number one sand star and new Baywatch Babe, Marliece Andrada