For 40 Years we've been thrilled by his ladies, his adventures and his myth. Hefner, Hugh Hefner. Oops. It's an easy mistake to make. Actually, it's Bond, James Bond. Open our hefty anniversary dossier on 007 and you'll find life lessons from Bond creator Ian Fleming, Bond girls, plenty of guns, cars and gadgets, plus a battle of the Bonds. We've even nabbed a top-secret chapter from the new Bond novel, Doubleshot, by Raymond -Benson. For your eyes only.
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When Sean Christie was planning his Boston dance bar, the Modern, he wanted to give it a lounge vibe. "I wanted it to be the kind of place that Hugh Hefner would feel comfortable hanging out in," he says. "After all, Hef's the man." Christie couldn't very well name his bar after Hef, so he settled on the Modern. But he paid homage by creating a drink called the Hugh Hefner. "It's the most popular drink we have. Every woman who comes in gets one," he tells us. It's an irresistible combination of peach
Robert Williams was one of Zap Comix' founding artists and since then he has toiled as an imagist in the outsider art movement. The Girl With the Fabergé Ass, above, is from the just published Malicious Resplendence (Fantagraphics Books). One critic called the paintings "an apocalyptic windshield to view our chaotic cultural landscape." True, and he has a thing about dynamite asses.
"In our society, protruding nipples can send out the wrong message, making it difficult for a woman to be taken seriously," says Karen Bartfield of Brazabra Corp., the manufacturer of nipple covers called Petal Tops. "Women want choice over what they do or do not show," Bartfield points out. Fine. We can get behind that. We take women seriously whether or not their nipples protrude. It's just that when they do, it affects our hearing.
We all want surround sound from our TVs, but it requires a special receiver, five speakers and a lot of wire to trip over. Cambridge Soundworks has come up with a simple solution. Its TVWorks 250 adds quality stereo to television programming with a single power cord and a single audio plug-in. It also has a virtual surround-sound mode that permits enlarged stereo imaging. Think of it as the lazy man's home theater system. And for $150, the frugal man's, too.
The picture above, taken by photographer Andre De Dienes at Tobay Beach on Long Island around 1949, may or may not be of Marilyn Monroe. De Dienes shot the young Norma Jean several times between 1945 and 1952, but many people believe she turned down his offers to do nudes of her. Some collectors claim De Dienes shot two such photos of Norma Jean and that she hated them because she thought her rear looked huge. We offer all this as a public service. Whoever's rear it is, it looks great. And if you put your ear to it, you can hear the ocean roar.
From our Hat's Off Department: Mark Helfrich collected naked pictures of his ex-girlfriends, added text and landed a book deal with Rat Press (run by Rush Hour director Brett Ratner). Incredibly, he got his ex-girlfriends to go along with this, then dedicated the book to his wife.
The refreshing and candid Amanda Robbins said she has the "transatlantic look" of Pamela Anderson Lee, and she seems just as frisky. She's quite the hellcat. "Once I got so drunk in a pub that I ate cat food on a dare," she told Britain's Daiy Star. Our editors discovered the resourceful blonde after she sold her car so she could enhance her breasts to a formidable 34D. The move pumped up her career and led to movie auditions as well as modeling ventures. Robbins confided she'd love to get intimate on a desert island, provided the lucky guy brings chocolate, strawberries and her favorite booze. She added, "It helps if I'm a bit more relaxed." Oh, good. We've already booked the Blue Lagoon Suite at the Four Seasons.
Successful television writer Gina Prince Bythewood makes a strong directorial debut with the crowd-pleasing Love and Basketball (New Line), a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of athletic competition and told in four "quarters" spanning 13 years. Her lead characters meet as 11-year-old neighbors, go to school together, wind up in college and for a long time deny their attraction to each other. He idolizes his dad, an NBA professional (Dennis Haysbert), and seems destined to follow in his footsteps. She has the tougher road as a young woman trying to convince the world (including her homemaker mom, played by Alfre Woodard) that playing ball is what matters most to her. Solid and appealing performances by Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps (and their younger counterparts, Kyla Pratt and Glenndon Chatman) have us rooting for them all the way. And if Prince-Bythewood's script resorts to a convenient conclusion, it's a small criticism for a film that offers so much to enjoy. [rating]3 bunnies[/rating]
M. Night Shyamalan isn't a typical success story. His first film didn't open to acclaim at Sundance; he didn't create a no-budget movie that went on to gain critical praise. In fact, his first two independent features flopped. It was his third, a mainstream but highly original movie released by the Walt Disney Co., that made him an overnight sensation after 10 years of trying. Shyamalan wrote and directed The Sixth Sense.
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"One of my favorite videos is David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia," says Lorraine Bracco of HBO's hit show The Sopranos. "And I love Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire. I would take The Godfather I and II and leave III at home. Watching myself was the only bad thing about GoodFellas. Because I was in it, I couldn't enjoy it like I did Raging Bull and all of Martin Scorsese's other movies. On the comedy side, I love Some Like it Hot and West Side Story." --Susan Karlin
Get no Respect Department: It's bad enough that the giant SFX Entertainment company is gobbling up rock venues; now it has taken Bill Graham's name off the company he founded 35 years ago. To add insult to injury, a local TV station in San Francisco reported the story with a photo of the Reverend Billy Graham as the visual.
My friends and I split the cost of a pheromone-based cologne additive that claimed it would boost our sexual attractiveness. After using the product carefully and religiously, we concluded that it made no difference. Do pheromones work? The manufacturer claims its product is extracted from the armpit sweat of healthy young men. Should that have tipped us off that we were getting ripped off?
There are dozens of swingers clubs in Florida, six of them in the Fort Lauderdale area. Upscale swingers clubs like Plato's Retreat and Trapeze II are thriving as never before. Each club boasts thousands of members, many of whom drive more than four hours from other parts of the state to party in orgy rooms. Such clubs charge a $50 annual membership fee and a $75 entrance fee for couples and single men (single women get in free or pay a modest charge) and regularly host more than 700 people on a typical Saturday night.
It's usually about three p.m. when I arrive for my evening shift at Mons Venus, the club in Tampa, Florida where I work as a nude dancer. One day this past December, the marquee read mayor greco, you Coward! Enforce your Ordinance. It referred to a new law passed by the city that requires anyone who performs nude to remain six feet away from customers and other dancers. Club owners, dancers and customers who violate the law can be arrested and jailed for up to six months and fined up to $1000.
Last year, Dr. David Weeks of v the Royal Edinburgh Hospital completed a 10-year study of 3500 Americans, Brits and Europeans who look and say they feel 10 to 12 years younger than their age. He found that, on average, the participants had sex at least four times a week, or twice as often as the average person. "It's not a case of these people having more sex because they look younger," he explained. "They look younger because they are having more sex in loving, stable relationships." Weeks isn't the first researcher to conclude that sex does a body good. Psychologists at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania studied 111 college students and suggested that having sex at least once a week (but, oddly, not more than two times a week) boosts the immune system's ability to fight colds and flus. Other studies have indicated that people who are sexually satisfied are less likely to suffer heart disease (because it relieves stress), that sex can relieve back pain, arthritis and migraine headaches (because it releases endorphins), and that the more orgasms a man has, the longer he will live. Researchers reached that conclusion following a long-term study of 918 Welshmen aged 45 to 59. The men who had sex twice a week were half as likely to the over a 10-year period as those who had sex less than once a month. Critics point out that the study may only demonstrate that sick people don't have as much sex--but you can never be too careful.
Different nations have different attitudes toward sexual expression. Take our neighbors to the north. In 1985 Canada drafted a detailed obscenity statute that covers books, drawings, paintings, prints, photographs and representations of any kind. The law targets works that are characterized by "the undue exploitation of sex" or that link "sex with crime, horror, cruelty or violence."
It started without much fanfare on a Wednesday night in August 1997. A new animated series debuted on Comedy Central--but this was animation that gloried in its crudeness, animation created not with computer programs but with construction paper, scissors and glue. On the screen, four primitive creations--third graders, they were supposed to be--stood around a bus stop talking. One of them called another a dildo. When somebody asked, "What's a dildo?" a kid in an orange parka explained--but his parka was pulled so tightly around his face that you couldn't understand a word he said. When the most obnoxious of the four (Eric Cartman, a hefty kid who insists, "I'm not fat, I'm big-boned!") told about a dream he'd had of alien visitors, the other kids decided that aliens had abducted Cartman and given him an anal probe--or, as one of them delicately explained it, "Aliens stuck stuff up your ass!"
The train rolled out of Tangier and headed south along the coastline toward Rabat. James Bond stared wearily at the passing scenery, which grew flatter as the journey progressed. He wished he could relax, but he was wound up like a coil.
In 1953 two events occurred that reshaped the world and forever altered the concept of entertainment for men. Ian Fleming, a former intelligence officer for the British Navy, created a fictional alter ego named Bond. James Bond. Casino Royale, the novel introducing the stylish spy, appeared in a modest first printing of 4750 copies. In Chicago, Hugh Hefner, a former employee of Esquire magazine, launched playboy magazine. The first issue's print run was a modest 51,000 copies.
Clotheg: The tuxedo (not featured in fiction). How important? Brosnan signed a contract that stipulates he cannot wear a tuxedo in another film for four years. Also, Brioni suits, handmade shirts by Turnbull & Asser, shoes by Church.
Looking at Carré Otis now, it's hard to believe that a woman blessed with so many assets could have ever hit rock bottom. After a successful modeling career, Otis dove into acting with 1990's fleshy Wild Orchid and suffered a critical evisceration unmatched until Elizabeth Berkley performed in Showgirls. Meanwhile, Otis married her co-star, Mickey Rourke, and (along with us) followed the details of their stormy relationship in the tabloids--tales of disputes, gunshots, drug addiction and rehab. She eventually divorced Rourke, but, strung out on heroin, Otis ballooned to 170 pounds and thought of herself as a lost cause. Remarkably, the 31-year-old beauty has re-emerged clean, stronger and more striking than ever--determined to give life in the spotlight another go.
My three o'clock appointment shows up clutching a yellow bath towel, and around his finger is the white groove where there should be a wedding ring. The second the door's locked, he tries to give me the cash. He starts to take off his pants. His name is Jones, he tells me. His first name, Mister.
Dads Now that junior has graduated, here are some ways Pop can reward himself for all those years of wallet drain. Left to right: A box of 32 rare Opus X double coronas from the Dominican Republic, by Fuente (about $500). Silver-plated table lighter in an engine-turned barley finish, by Alfred Dunhill ($350). Panasonic's model DC2590 PalmCam with a compact modem card for sending photos to a fax machine or a computer (about $800). A trip to Jamaica's Hedonism II (about $130 for a week, not in-cluding airfare). You can read all about this resort in The Naked Truth About Hedonism II by Chris Santilli ($24). The scale model Honda $2000 represents what father wants best--the real McCoy, with all the options (about $32,000). Intel's QX3 handheld mi-croscope projects images onto a PC monitor ($100). The Louis Vuitton leather wine tote ($1070) holds two bottles of the Abbott Sneyd Anderson 1998 Bordeaux blends: cirrus cabardes and cumulus shiraz minervois (about $12 each). Bang & Olufsen's Beo-center 2300 displays the titles of 100 CDs and can be programmed to skip tracks (about $1900). It's connected to Beolab 2500 speakers, with grill covers in six colors ($1150 a pair). Callaway's new Big Bertha Steelhead-Plus driver with a firm flex shaft ($295).
Ameritrade's generation-busting "Stuart" ads feature a hyperactive, curiously coiffured office boy who teaches his elders about the joys of trading online. Stuart has achieved cult status among young traders, who mimic his patter ("Let's light this candle," "You're riding the wave of the future, my man") as they handle other people's money. This inventive and talented actor turns out to be not too different from Stuart. He's hard to track down, but here's what we know about him.
The road west out of New Orleans passes a host of scenic wonders both man-made and natural, from Lake Pontchartrain and the plantation houses that line the Mississippi River to the bustling port of Baton Rouge and the miles of bayou. For the past 22 years, the country roads outside Baton Rouge have also been beautified by Shannon Stewart, a small-town southern girl and occasional beauty queen who's now going nationwide in the pages of Playboy.
After meeting her at a party, the stockbroker persuaded the sexy young woman to come home with him. They shared a few drinks, and before long things got romantic. As passion built, he asked her to "go downtown. "She got on her knees in front of him and started peering at his penis, tipping her head this way and that. After a couple of minutes, he said, "What the hell are you doing?"
Way back when, in your dad's time, a man knew what was expected of him. The rules were simple: You played fair and paid your debts. You were nice to girls. Trouble looked like a German panzer division creeping over the rise, or Marilyn Monroe slinking through the front door.
Gadgets can weigh a man down. Which is why the big plan among electronics manufacturers is to make digital devices do multiple tasks. Future cell phones will do quadruple duty as television remote controls, MP3 players and electronic organizers. Televisions will be computers that let you web surf and channel surf, plus download movies and music and store them on to a built-in hard drive. And every home will be wired, enabling you to stash all of your hardware--DVD player, satellite receiver, stereo components and computer gear--in one spot, yet power it via remote from any room (even through walls). We're already seeing evidence of this melting plot. Later this year. Samsung will introduce the ultimate commuter phone: a digital cellular model that lets you catch up on the news via an LCD television and tuner built into the handset. Proton has unveiled a bedside theater that combines an alarm clock with a television. CD and DVD player and speakers that create virtual surround sound. And Sony's latest Digital 8 Handycam has an onboard color printer for producing on-the-spot snapshots. Of course, if you prefer to amass lots of stuff, there are plenty of one-trick ponies debuting this year. Wafer-thin portable DVD players with wide-screen liquid crystal displays. Equally slender stereo systems designed to hang on the wall like a picture. Pen-size devices for listening to Internet tunes on the fly. It's all on the way. So up that credit limit on your plastic, pronto.
The Vision SLA sports car pictured here is only a concept vehicle. But remember, Mercedes-Benz is pumped up after selling 189,437 vehicles in the States last year. Anything could happen. The SLA is a foot shorter (its wheelbase is only 92.5 inches) than the production SLK230 roadster, it weighs a mere 2090 pounds and it's powered by a 1.9-liter, 125-hp engine that will send the little devil from zero to 60 in 7.8 seconds. Not a rocket ship, but fast enough. Some of the scoot comes from M-B's clever use of aluminum in the body structure and plastic for the exterior. "Its flat windshield, large doors and gently sloping rear styling are reminiscent of the legendary Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows of the Fifties," says the company. In the face of today's retro mania, M-B is looking back to the future. With leather seats, perforated aluminum interior trim and a suitcase that straps to the trunk, the only things missing from this equation are a blonde and a winding road.
Want to take a trip into a netherworld where everything the government controls or prohibits is available 24 hours a day? AK-47s, no questions asked. Steroids, pot and painkillers, no prescription necessary. Bootleg copies of your favorite band's music, that $700 Photoshop program you can't afford or your own copy of the next Hollywood block-buster before it appears in theaters: They're all here, just for the ask-ing. And, thanks to the Internet, it's no longer necessary to drive through weird neighborhoods, slip down alleys or rub elbows with sketchy characters. These days, you can score goods on the virtual black market without leaving your living room or dorm.
I Odi Ann Paterson still has the strip of paper she pulled from a fortune cookie back in December, when she was having lunch with her mother at a Chinese restaurant in Oregon. Always a bit superstitious, she was taken aback when she found not the usual vague bromide but a specific prediction: "You will be singled out for a promotion."
If you had to cite the single biggest change in sports this century, you'd probably settle on sports medicine. A hundred years ago, a sports doctor was someone who couldn't make the team but could carry a bucket. Now sports doctors are among the highest-paid physicians in the world and work with the most sophisticated equipment.
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