James Bond’s Exploits Grounded In Reality. News has come in that the story of James Bond, that suave, ultimate icon for men throughout the world, is actually based on real-life exploits of an MI6 spy, who was active during the Second World War. Among the most famous scenes from James Bond series of films is the one from the 1964 movie, “Goldfinger,” where Sean Connery, playing Bond, emerges in his wetsuit but seconds later, discards it for a spotless dinner suit. According to ‘MI6, The History of the Secret Intelligence Service,’ the first official history of the SIS, written by Professor Keith Jeffery, this scene was inspired by the real life incident that took place when Dutch secret agent Pieter Tazelaar was sent by sea 70 years ago, to establish contact with agents in Holland. Professor Jeffrey, who teaches at the Queen’s University in Belfast, had access to the historic documents recording the goings on of the SIS. However, his book talks of the period only upto 1949 and he has also been disallowed to reveal the identities of spies not already in the public domain. Another inspiration for James Bond could be Commander Wilfred “Biffy” Dunderdale, a friend of Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, and a lesser known name among the spies. Professor Jeffrey reports in his book, “When head of the SIS Paris station in the 1930s, he had a penchant for pretty women and fast cars and has been proposed as one of the possible models for Bond. He was a great friend of Ian Fleming and claimed that he found parts of his own stories in the James Bond novels.” Jeffrey says of Dunderdale, “A man of great charm and savoir-fair, in old age he became an incorrigible raconteur.”
Zac Efron wants to play a villain in a James Bond movie. The ‘Me and Orson Welles’ actor – who is best known for his role as clean-cut student Troy Bolton in the ‘High School Musical’ franchise – loves the series of films about the iconic British spy and wants a role in the next addition in the franchise, which currently stars Daniel Craig as the lead character. He said: ‘I’m a huge James Bond fan. I’d love to be a Bond baddie. I’ve seen pretty much every Bond film. Sean Connery is my favourite and I really like ‘Goldeneye’ with Pierce Brosnan.’ As well as playing a villain, 22-year-old Zac also wants to be seduced by an older woman on the big screen, revealing his ideal part would be to star in a remake of ‘The Graduate’. Asked about his dream movie roles, he told Absolute Radio host Christian O’Connell: ‘I’m still waiting for that script and that director. I like a lot of movies from the 70s. A movie I just saw again and one of my favourites is ‘The Graduate’.’
The contraceptive pill may be changing women’s taste in men from the macho pin-ups of the 1960s like Sean Connery to today’s more boyish stars like Johny Depp and Zac Efron, scientists believe. Researchers have found that the pill changes the perception of what women find attractive – and therefore could alter their taste in men. Experts at Sheffield University believe the effect could Continue reading →
LOS ANGELES – Sunday nights heat up this summer, as TV Guide Network yesterday announced plans to premiere five specials highlighting Hollywood’s sexiest stars. TV Guide Network’s hot summer line-up kicks off with the star-studded “Secrets of the Hollywood Body,” premiering Sunday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. The one-hour special reveals how the hottest celebrities obtained their perfect physiques, including Madonna’s sculpted arms, Kelly Ripa’s ripped new body, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s statuesque legs. Celebrities James Kyson Lee, Victoria Pratt, Chrishell Stause, Melinda Clarke, Holly Durst and Rosa Blasi are also featured in the special. In addition, TV Guide Network will premiere four new installments from its “Sexiest” specials franchise beginning Sunday, July 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Each “Sexiest” special features a countdown of the hottest Hollywood celebrities in television and film, and includes extensive interviews with TV and film experts, comedians and celebrities as TV Guide Network ranks the stars and the scenes that have steamed up the big and small screens throughout the decades. New “Sexiest” specials airing on TV Guide Network include: “Hollywood’s Sexiest Bodies” Premieres Sunday, July 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT TV Guide Network counts down the hottest bodies in Hollywood. Will Jennifer Aniston’s buff arms or Gwyneth Paltrow’s sexy, sleek legs put one of these A-listers in the top spot? See where hunky heartthrobs like Matthew McConaughey land on the list. “Hollywood’s Sexiest Spies of All Time” Premieres Sunday, July 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT TV Guide Network uncovers the intrigue and mystery of the sexiest spies ever to hit the big and small screens. Brad Pitt sizzled in “Mr. And Mrs. Smith” but can he top the sexy Sean Connery as 007? And what “Bond” babes rank on this all-time list? “Hollywood’s Sexiest Spies of All Time” counts them down. “TV’s Sexiest Men in Uniform of All Time” Premieres Sunday, July 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT TV Guide Network counts down television’s sexiest men in uniform. Denis Leary and Daniel Sunjata of “Rescue Me” made the list. Taylor Kitsch kept the lights bright on Friday nights. And John Stamos revived the ER. From cops to firefighters, paramedics to lifeguards, and of course men in the military, find out where these and many other men in uniform land on the list. “Sexiest Men in Sports” Premieres Sunday, August 9 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT TV Guide Network counts down the sexiest men in sports. Kick the heat up a notch with David Beckham and take a swing at why fans swoon over Tiger Woods. From the NFL to the NBA, TV Guide Network plays through the list of the hottest hunks in sports.
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Busta Rhymes started his music career in the 1990s with the rap group Leaders of the New School. In 1996 he released a solo album, The Coming, featuring the hit single “Woo-Ha! (Got You All in Check).” The album and single both went platinum, as did his second release, When Disaster Strikes. Known for his innovative videos on MTV, Rhymes has teamed with Janet Jackson and also appeared in movies, including Finding Forrester (2000, starring Sean Connery). His other recordings include Extinction Level Event — The Final World Front (1998), Anarchy (2000), It Ain’t Safe No More (2002) and Big Bang (2006). He collaborated with Missy Elliott and Mary J. Blige on the 2006 single “Touch It,” but made bigger headlines with separate assault charges from August and December of that year. Four Good Links
David Beckham is advertising impotence pills in China. Old interview footage of the soccer ace – who has three sons with wife Victoria – has been dubbed over to promote USA Selikon, a Viagra-like medication.
In the clip, the dubbed voice says: “Want to know how I can keep being strong and running on the football field? USA Selikon capsules help me a lot. It’s also the secret weapon with which I can satisfy Victoria.”
David is said to be furious over the advert, but his representative has declined to say whether he will be taking any action to stop the commercials.
However, a source close to the star said: “David’s fair game and can take a bit of mocking in the name of comedy.
“But to poke fun at his sexual prowess to plug a product is overstepping the mark.”
Actors Sir Sean Connery and Keanu Reeves are also being used to promote the sex drug.
Old footage of 78-year-old Sean – whose wife is called Micheline – from his movie ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’, includes a dubbed voice saying:
“I turned 70 this year. But with the help of USA Selikon capsules, I was praised by Barbara that I’m still the James Bond, forever 25.
“I have told all my aged friends ‘You should try USA Selikon capsules.’”
In interview clips of Keanu, a voice says: “The feelings after my kidneys got washed by USA Selikon capsules are surprising. And my girlfriends were also surprised.”
David’s image has previously been used to promote a brand of condoms in China.
Chinese law makes it difficult for celebrities to take legal action against companies that use their likeness without consent.
A spokesperson for the product has confirmed the commercial was approved by government authorities.