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  1. Belvedere Vodka: The Launch

    As we’ve learned over the past couple of days, there’s a new ingredient in Bond’s Vesper Martini: Polish vodka.

    It’s good news all round as luxury, rye-based Belvedere replaces bargain bucket Smirnoff in 007’s signature drink. This week, A rainy Covent Garden heralded the start of the new partnership between luxury powerhouse LVMH and Eon Productions. The Bond in Motion exhibition looked suitably chic; bedecked in lit “silver sabre” magnums of the spirit, the Martinis were shaken or stirred to your preference and the music pumped out to the suited & booted/befrocked of London. Tinie Tempah was on the decks, but he seemed normal sized and in fine fettle.

    BV_007_Silver Saber

    Special Editions: 007 Silver Sabre & MI6 Edition

    CommanderBond.net, however, first learned of the change not in an underground bunker filled with 007’s rides (vehicular, mind), but in a very exclusive members’ club down a very anonymous street the day previous; a low key setting with an intrinsic link to the Bond universe. We can’t say more than that – as it was all very hush-hush – but suffice it to say it was the perfect surrounding in which to learn a bit more about Bond’s new tipple.

    A select few of us were ushered in to the private bar to meet Belvedere boffin and in-house mixologist Claire Smith (@belvedereclaire) who taught us all about the subtle variations and myriad options available when ordering a Martini; we were introduced us to their “reversed Vesper” in which the measures of gin to vodka are switched to create a smoother, vodka-centric drink; and after we had our fill, we sat down with Charles Gibb (@presbelve), the softly spoken President of Belvedere, who described the partnership as “the largest [they] have ever undertaken.” Mr Gibb went on to outline extensive plans that include worldwide advertising and public relations campaigns, a large social media presence, various promotions and events in bars, nightclubs and stores & the unveiling of two limited edition bottles.

    You’ve probably read all about them by now, but let’s re-iterate anyway: the first has a very limited run of 100, it features the SIS headquarters in place of the Belweder Palace and features green detailing in place of the usual blue – in homage to Captain Sir George Mansfield Smith Cumming’s choice of green ink when initialling documents with his initial “C” (and quite frankly, with that compendium of names, who can blame him using only one letter?). The second edition is the 007 “Silver Sabre”, an LED-luminated silver bottle with laser-etched Bondian details. It does look rather sexy in low light (we can say from first hand experience).

    Bartenders & cocktail purists around the world will agree that the newest ingredient in the Vesper Martini is certainly a step up from what has gone before and should prove a much welcomed boost to Belvedere’s profile worldwide. Mr Gibb, going into greater detail about the newly minted relationship with 007 said “it’s all about synergies when you’re looking at any partnership: Bond is a man of taste, a man of distinction, of style and substance and we’re a vodka of authenticity, of heritage. We like to say we’re a vodka for those who know the difference.”

    Amen, Mr Gibb – mine’s a reversed Vesper.

    @mrpauldunphy @ 2014-12-18
  2. Belvedere announces partnership with James Bond

    PRESS RELEASE – DECEMBER 16 2014,
    LONDON, UK

    Belvedere, the world’s original luxury vodka, is delighted to collaborate with Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment to promote SPECTRE, the highly anticipated 24th installment of the James Bond series, due for global release on November 6, 2015.

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    Limited Edition Belvedere Bottle 1/100

    Belvedere will release two custom made, limited edition bottles to celebrate Bond’s vodka martini ‘Shaken not Stirred’, and its partnership with the 24th Bond adventure, SPECTRE. In an unprecedented move, Belvedere has replaced the iconic Belvedere Palace with the famous MI6 headquarters. Belvedere’s signature blue palette will be switched for a distinctive green, mirroring the secret spy agency’s ink of choice, creating a truly memorable collector’s edition of 100 bottles. A 007 twist will also be applied to Belvedere’s iconic Silver Sabre bottles, known for their cutting edge, metallic aesthetic and illuminating technology.

     

    Belvedere’s SPECTRE marketing program will include a global advertising campaign and a wide range of promotion and activation rights around the film. The marketing campaign will be launched as of February 2015, with a strong focus of efforts in on-premise establishments and retail stores across multiple countries. Belvedere is the vodka of choice for tastemakers who Know the Difference, echoing the award-winning campaign promoting knowledgeable choices.

    President of Belvedere Vodka, Charles Gibb states: “James Bond is recognised as the most admired and influential tastemaker in the world. We’re delighted that Belvedere will be partnering with SPECTRE, our largest global partnership to date.”

    Dwight Caines, president of Theatrical Marketing for Sony Pictures, said: “James Bond’s cool attitude and stylish sophistication have always gone hand-in-hand with his choice of vodka martini. Belvedere is a perfect match.”

    Excellent choice, Mr. Bond

    CommanderBond.net attended the official launch party in Covent Garden, London. More to follow.

    @mrpauldunphy @ 2014-12-16
  3. Jingle Bells! The CBn Festive Podcast 2008 Is Here!

    Ding Dong Merrily on High indeed, the CBn Podcast is back!

    After last month’s prize-fest, the CBn Festive Podcast is a more sedate affair. Think of it as the For Your Eyes Only after the Moonraker; the Casino Royale after the Die Another Day; the Lazenby after the Connery. Evan Willnow
    Paul Dunphy

    We see the close of Ian Fleming’s centenary year, and what a busy year it’s been! A certain film was released back in October, and this month, I update you on how well that film (Quantum of Solace) is doing at the box office (thanks mainly to Devin Zydel) and rant a bit too much about a certain rapper. I wax lyrical about Bond books and generally make the whole thing a very festive affair thanks to a half-arsedly festive theme song.

    I also read out quite a few of your electronic mails. Thanks for those. Keep ’em coming!

    Until 2009 intrepid Bond fan, have a safe, merry and Bondian Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

    Dunph

    So, you want a piece of the Pod Pie?… If you’re subscribed via iTunes, then under your Podcast section, click the ‘Update’ button to have this new episode downloaded automatically. If you have iTunes installed Click here to subscribe, or you can find more details on how to do this here.

    We ask that you take a few seconds whilst you’re downloading to review the podcast on iTunes or Digg this article (link at the bottom of the page with a snazzy new graphic button), to spread the word to other 007 fans. Go on. Spread.

    Download Enhanced Video version (Presented in WILLNOWVISION).

    Download Standard version.

    You can download all episodes directly from the bottom of this page, if you can’t be bothered faffing around through iTunes.

    @mrpauldunphy @ 2008-12-24
  4. The Special, Exclusive, Limited, Collector's Edition CBn Podcast* is Here

    Dear, dear CommanderBond.net Podcast listener,

    This month’s Podcast is a tribute to you. To thank you for listening and downloading and writing in and reviewing and making the CommanderBond.net Podcast the 22nd most listened to TV & Film Podcast on UK iTunes (even beating the High School Musical Podcast! The dizzying heights of stardom…)

    So, we have a heap of prizes to give away. Evan Willnow
    Paul Dunphy I could tell you about them now, but that would spoil the surprise, so just listen to this month’s Special, Exclusive, Limited, Collector’s Edition CBn Podcast* for more details. It’s so special. Touch me… That’s it.

    This month, we take time out of just feeding you with news to feed you with some reviews instead. I take a look at some film or other that’s been released (the name escapes me), the new Bond game (Executive Producer of Treyarch Garrett Young also rang up for a chat), the new three disc Deluxe Edition DVD of Casino Royale, the picturesque Bond On Set by Greg Williams and David Arnold’s newest Bond score.

    I also read out some of the words, spaces and punctuations you have been e-mailing me. If I read yours out this month, then technically you’re famous. Congratumulations.

    Until next month (when I imagine things will be quieter and we’ll go back to iTunes obscurity) intrepid Bond fan,

    Dunph

    So, you want a piece of the Pod Pie?… If you’re subscribed via iTunes, then under your Podcast section, click the ‘Update’ button to have this new episode downloaded automatically. If you have iTunes installed Click here to subscribe, or you can find more details on how to do this here.

    We ask that you take a few seconds whilst you’re downloading to review the podcast on iTunes or Digg this article (link at the bottom of the page with a snazzy new graphic button), to spread the word to other 007 fans. Go on. Spread.

    Download Enhanced Video version (Presented in WILLNOWVISION).

    Download Standard version.

    You can download all episodes directly from the bottom of this page, if you can’t be bothered faffing around through iTunes.

    @mrpauldunphy @ 2008-11-17
  5. The September Spoiler-Free CBn Podcast Has Arrived!

    Dear, dear CommanderBond.net Podcast listener,

    It was a hectic month trying to catch Blofeld’s Cat in our last video podcast.Evan Willnow
    Paul Dunphy He went a bit rampant, so we asked you lovely people to track him down and write into us listing all the times you caught him making mischief.

    In exchange for spotting his anarchic appearances (of which there were eleven) we offered you an iPod Nano in a colour of your choice.

    Want to find out who won? Oh you do, don’t you?

    Well, the winner hasn’t been notified yet and they will only find out by listening to this month’s offering. Clocking in at almost 45 spoiler-free minutes, I present—for your consideration—the choicest cuts from the Quantum of Solace news joint, all the latest literary vegetables and a special feature on the Quantum of Solace video game. Which is like the gravy I suppose.

    What? Oh, right. I suppose I should probably list the appearances of that damn cat. Well, here goes:

    1. 0:00 – On the “Quantum Of Zardoz” poster; wearing red crossed belts on his chest and red underwear.
    2. 0:15 – Grabbing the Sean Connery mask I threw away.
    3. 1:03 – Dictating to Ian Fleming, who is tapping away at his typewriter.
    4. 2:41 – Emerging from the sea behind Ursula Andress sporting a pair of Daniel Craig-esque swim trunks.
    5. 4:44 – Showing his face during the trailer countdown. Between the 6 and the 5.
    6. 8:42 – Posing with Duran Duran.
    7. 13:06 – Dancing in the CyberShot screen with Anatole Taubman.
    8. 16:25 – Looking quite mean inside the gunbarrel circles/zeroes.
    9. 21:32 – A sneaky peek over a building on the left side of the screen.
    10. 32:48 – Messing around inside an iPod Nano.
    11. 34:04 – Fumbling about wearing the Sean Connery mask he took in the beginning of the podcast.

    Did you get them all? A bit like Where’s Wally isn’t it? Don’t forget to show us some love on iTunes if you haven’t yet, or write to me, about anything and I’ll be sure to say hello to you on the next one (assuming you don’t type utter drivel). Hope you enjoy the podcast!

    Until next month,

    Dunph

    So, you want a piece of the hot Poddy action?… If you’re subscribed via iTunes, then under your Podcast section, click the ‘Update’ button to have this new episode downloaded automatically. If you have iTunes installed Click here to subscribe, or you can find more details on how to do this here.

    We ask that you take a few seconds whilst you’re downloading to review the podcast on iTunes or Digg this article (link at the bottom of the page with a snazzy new graphic button), to spread the word to other 007 fans. Go on. Spread.

    Download Enhanced Video version (Presented in WILLNOWVISION).

    Download Standard version.

    You can download all episodes directly from the bottom of this page, if you can’t be bothered faffing around through iTunes.

    @mrpauldunphy @ 2008-10-02
  6. August 007th Podcast Has Arrived…

    Dear CommanderBond.net Podcast listener,

    I won’t lie to you, I’m writing this whilst quite inebriated on Sangria in Spain, but the reason I write is because a new CBn Podcast is upon you and this one Evan and I are particularly proud of. “Why?” I hear you ask. Well, it’s simple. The CBn team came together during the production of this podcast (at the last minute) to give you a superb prize to win, purely for being a regular listener to my rather geeky wafflings. The prize is an iPod Nano.Evan Willnow
    Paul Dunphy Listen to the podcast to find out how to win this rather non-Bond related treasure (full terms and conditions below, yawn).

    As usual, I fill you in on all the latest (and choicest) 007 news from around the globe, whilst CBn impresario Evan Willnow adds a touch of magic to the Enhanced Podcast with WILLNOWVISION. This month, I give you a running commentary on the Quantum of Solace teaser trailer, sound off on the new poster and prattle on about the title song.

    I also bring you the usual Literary Bond news from around the globe, and I present (for your consideration) what happened when The Barbican let me introduce the winning film in their “Best of Bond” weekend back in late June. Do let me know what you think of this month’s Poddy by e-mailing me, won’t you? I might even include your thoughts in next month’s Podgasm if you’re lucky.

    Amor y besa,

    Dunph

    The competition to win an iPod Nano is open to every CommanderBond.net Enhanced Podcast listener. To enter, answer the questions heard in the CBn Podcast and e-mail it to me (Subject: CAT) by Midnight GMT on 007th September 2008 (simply click on the link in this paragraph to e-mail me, flower).

    All those who answer correctly will be put into a drawing and the winner will be sent an e-mail to the address they have provided. The winner must respond to this e-mail within three (3) days with the requested information (name, mailing address, etc) or another drawing will be held. The winner will be announced once shipping information has been received. The item will be shipped from the UK. In the event that a prize has been stolen or mishandled during shipment, CBn will not be able to replace the specific item—this has yet to be a problem, so fear not. The editor’s (Dunph’s) decision is final and completely unbiased.

    So: how to download the podcast… If you’re subscribed via iTunes, then under your Podcast section, click the ‘Update’ button to have this new episode downloaded automatically. If you have iTunes installed Click here to subscribe, or you can find more details on how to do this here.

    We ask that you take a few seconds whilst you’re downloading to review the podcast on iTunes or Digg this article (link at the bottom of the page with a snazzy new graphic button), to spread the word to other 007 fans. Go on. Spread.

    Download Enhanced Video version (Presented in WILLNOWVISION).

    Download Standard version.

    You can download all episodes directly from the bottom of this page, if you can’t be bothered faffing around through iTunes.

    @mrpauldunphy @ 2008-08-15
  7. IT'S HERE

    Rejoice 007 fans and moviegoers, as from today you can get your first good look at Quantum of Solace, the highly anticipated 22nd James Bond adventure, with the superb first teaser trailer.

    Running for 1 minute 30 seconds and available in 13 languages, the trailer picks up from the end of Casino Royale with Mr White’s interrogation and also includes key action scenes including an snippet of the Aston Martin DBS car chase from the pre-titles sequence, a boat chase filmed in Panama, and a fight in an Italian art gallery.

    Unofficially, the trailer was available on Youtube until earlier today. But now, for some inexplicable reason, the trailer is now only officially available online for two hours from 5pm BST (12 noon EST, 9am PST) until 7pm BST (2pm EST, 11am PST) via the following sites:

    Don’t ask why. It makes no sense, really. If you fancy downloading a higher resolution version of the Quantum of Solace teaser trailer to your computer (and what Bond geek wouldn’t?), then there’s a nice compendium of different video qualities here thanks to themoviebox.net.

    If you’d rather experience the Quantum of Solace teaser trailer in the cinema, the trailer will be attached to prints of Hancock, which is due to be released on July 2nd. But let’s face it, you’d only go to watch Hancock for the Bond trailer, wouldn’t you?

    @mrpauldunphy @ 2008-06-30
  8. February 007th CBn Podcast is Online

    You have no excuses. Go Enhanced or die.

    Well, not quite die, more like miss out on a lot.

    You see, for the first time, the CBn Podcast has gone video, thanks to Evan Willnow’s wondrous WILLNOWVISION.

    SHOUT about the footage from the January Quantum of Solace press conference, presented here in full!

    SCREAM at the stupidity of the press failing to understand what Quantum of Solace actually means!

    GASP at the all-new video title sequence featuring footage of the six Bonds and a dancing girl!

    Evan Willnow
    Paul Dunphy It’s half an hour of Double-0 power this month. I wade through the choicest cuts of the Quantum of Solace news, let you hear a (slightly faked) telephone interview between myself and the lovely Barbara Broccoli, bring you bang-up-to-date with the latest literary news and nearly get ousted from hosting the podcast.

    If you’re subscribed via iTunes under your Podcast section, click the ‘Update’ button to have the new episode downloaded automatically. If you have iTunes installed Click here to subscribe, or you can find more details on how to do this here.

    We ask that you take a few seconds whilst you’re downloading to review the podcast on iTunes or Digg this article (link at the bottom of the page with a snazzy new graphic button), to spread the word to other 007 fans. Ooh, it makes me feel all tingly!

    Download Enhanced Video version (Presented in WILLNOWVISION).

    Download Standard version.

    You can download all episodes directly from the bottom of this page, if you can’t be bothered faffing around through iTunes.

    @mrpauldunphy @ 2008-02-15
  9. The First Podcast of 2008 is Born!

    2007 is dead. It’s 2008 now. And we have to get used to it *sigh*.

    So, with this terrible truth in mind and my voice completely back to normal, I came up with something to help you get used to the horrible change in digits.

    That something is this month’s edition of the CommanderBond,net Podcast.Evan Willnow
    Paul Dunphy 20 minutes of Bondian bliss to help you start the year the way Fleming intended. Probably. And talking of Fleming, he comes up a lot this month, because 2008 is his year. I steal Chris Wright’s gig (sorry Chris) and give you an audio round-up of what’s planned for Fleming’s Centenary and what treats we can expect to be flung in our direction from Eon and Activision among others, and I give you all the latest Bond 22 developments and literary news from around the globe.

    If you’re unsure which version of the Podcast to download, I wholheartedly advise you download the Podcast in the “Enhanced” format, as listeners have the added benefit of “Willnowvision”, in which Evan Willnow has enhanced the silky strains of my voice with flashy pictures and sexy chapters and stuff.

    Until next month, my lovelies!

    If you’re subscribed via iTunes under your Podcast section, click the ‘Update’ button to have the new episode downloaded automatically. If you have iTunes installed Click here to subscribe, or you can find more details on how to do this here.

    We ask that you take a few seconds whilst you’re downloading to review the podcast on iTunes or Digg this article (link at the bottom of the page in with a snazzy new graphic button), to spread the word to other 007 fans. And it makes me feel all warm inside!

    Download Enhanced version (Presented in Willnowvision).

    Download Standard version.

    You can download all episodes directly from the bottom of this page, if you can’t be bothered faffing around through iTunes.

    @mrpauldunphy @ 2008-01-12
  10. The Penultimate Podcast of 2007 Arrives

    Let’s be honest: if I’d have called this podcast the 007th of November Podcast you would probably have trussed me up like a chicken and bashed my balls with a carpet beater,Evan Willnow
    Paul Dunphy or shoved me in a centrifuge until I looked a bit disheveled and forgot how to walk for a bit.

    So it’s not.

    It is, however, quite accurately called CBn’s Penultimate Podcast of 2007, which I believe sounds a bit more epic and also faintly sad, as us Bond fans can no longer see things with dates on and…er…grin like idiots as we notice our favourite three digits on the end of the year.

    If you’re unsure which version of the Podcast to download, I thoroughly recommend you download the Podcast in the “Enhanced” format, as listeners have the added benefit of “Willnowvision”, where Evan Willnow steps in and adds all sorts of enhanced pic-trickery to my words and music.

    If you’re subscribed via iTunes under your Podcast section, click the ‘Update’ button to have the new episode downloaded automatically. If you have iTunes installed Click here to subscribe, or you can find more details on how to do this here.

    We ask that you take a few seconds whilst you’re downloading to review the podcast on iTunes or Digg this article (link at the bottom of the page in with a snazzy new graphic button), to spread the word to other 007 fans. And it makes me feel all warm inside!

    Download Enhanced version (Presented in Willnowvision).

    Download Standard version.

    You can download all episodes directly from the bottom of this page, if you can’t be bothered faffing around through iTunes.

    The Competition

    This month’s Podcast is rather stocked/fully loaded with all the happenings of the past month-or-so. I report on the latest Bond 22 news (fact and rumour), what Ian Fleming Publications have up their sleeves to celebrate Ian’s centenary next year, and you can also win yourself (or a Bond fan you know) one of five lovely copies of The James Bond Encyclopedia by John Cork and Collin Stutz, just in time for Chrimbo thanks to those lovely people at Dorling Kindersley Publishing. To stand a chance of winning, you must have listened to CBn’s Penultimate Podcast of 2007.

    In addition to featuring more than 2,000 movie stills and images, The James Bond Encyclopedia focuses on the 007 lifestyle, the role of Bond as interpreted by the six actors who have played him on the big screen, and double-page features on every Bond film, with details of production history, cast, and crew. The complete blurb:

    The James Bond Encyclopedia

    Created in full collaboration with Eon Productions, producers of the Bond movies, this illustrated celebration of the world’s most famous super-spy examines every aspect of 007’s world, with information on his history, style, and tastes, along with A-Z guides to his adversaries, allies, gadgets, cars, and, of course, the ever-glamorous Bond girls.

    This competition is open to every CommanderBond.net Podcast listener. To enter, fill out the following questionnaire and e-mail it to me (Subject: COMPETITION) by Midnight GMT on 14th December 2007 (simply click on the link in this paragraph).

    1. What famous Bond Pre-Title Sequence do I parody in the Pre-Title of CBn’s Penultimate Podcast of 2007?
    2. What “single iconic image” do I suggest may be on the cover of Sebastian Faulks’ forthcoming centenary novel “Devil May Care”??
    3. What country/state do you live in?

    All those who answer correctly will be put into a drawing and the winner will be sent an e-mail to the address they have provided. The winner must respond to this e-mail within five (5) days with the requested information (name, mailing address, etc) or another drawing will be held. The winner will be announced once shipping information has been received. The item will be shipped from the UK. In the event that a prize has been stolen or mishandled during shipment, CBn will not be able to replace the specific item—this has yet to be a problem, so fear not. The editor’s decision is final.

    @mrpauldunphy @ 2007-11-25