James Bond gear essentials

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Have you always dreamed of being James Bond? Well, we've got some bad news for you: he's a fictional character. A character who has access to exotic gear, guns and girls that you'll probably never get close to. But if you want to give it your best shot, here are the essentials you'll need to walk a mile in 007's hand-stitched Italian leather shoes.

Martini: While he'll occasionally opt for a straightforward vodka martini - shaken, not stirred - a true Bond martini, as explained in Ian Fleming's novel Casino Royale and the 2006 movie of the same name, consists of the following: three measures of Gordon's gin, one measure of vodka and a half-measure of Kina Lillet, a French apertif. Shaken over ice and garnished with a slice of lemon peel. Also called the Vesper, after Bond's true love.

Handgun: Bond has used an entire arsenal of different firearms over the years, but in Skyfall (as in Quantum of Solace before it) he comes back to the old 007 standby: a Walther PPK. Or, if you want to get really picky, Skyfall has Bond wielding a 9mm Walther PPK/S with a palm sensor that will allow the gun to be fired only by him. You can probably find one in the Canadian Tire catalogue, right?

Plane tickets: Bond has visited dozens of the world's most exotic countries, as well as a few less-than-desirable locales. (North Korea? No thanks.) To follow in his globe-trotting footsteps, you could start with Monaco, Venice, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Paris and, of course, his home base in London. That'll get you roughly 10% of the stamps in Bond's passport. On the upside, you'll have super-ultra-elite status on your airline of choice.

Suits: A man of refined tastes, Bond has dressed in some very high-end duds, often donning bespoke suits from London's legendary Saville Row tailors. In Skyfall, Daniel Craig's Bond will be wearing Tom Ford suits and daywear, and if you find yourself lusting after his dark navy tuxedo, jet on over to Selfridges in Oxford St., London, where you can pick one up for the bargain price of $4,300.

Birth control: C'mon now, if you're going to be Bond, you'd better holster your weapon before you fire it, if you follow our meaning. While Bond never seems to be concerned with protected sex in the movies, we'd hope a guy who has bedded as many women as he has isn't leaving things to chance. Aside from having a dozen or two little Jimmy and Janey Bonds running around, he'd probably have picked up a nastiness down below that not even Goldfinger's crotch-bisecting laser could burn off.


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