James Bond is undeniably one of the most iconic characters to be produced by the film industry, and the money made for the film studios is eye-watering, but appropriate to the luxury and finesse that Bond oozes. Across the globe, Bond is known for his iconic one liners, his incredible gadgets, and his perfectly styled appearance. He is impossibly smooth and impressively smart. It is little wonder then that so many people are inspired by his lifestyle. However, not everyone is funded by Britain’s secret service! Below are a series of tips on how you can be Bond with a budget: emulating his lifestyle without going broke.
For many, the cars driven by 007 are the coolest part of the James Bond franchise. Whilst it may not be feasible, or in fact possible, to purchase a car that can fly, drive under water, fire missiles, shoot flames, or successfully eject its driver, it is surprisingly easy to find vehicles fitted with clever gadgets that Q would be proud of, and it is also possible to purchase such cars at a surprisingly low cost. One example to display Bondesque features is the Ford Kuga, this SUV was one of the first to offer a tailgate that opens when you swing your foot underneath the trunk. This is a clever feature that will ensure you never need struggle to open the trunk when your hands are full again. The Ford Kuga is also a great way to get the most for your money as it can be purchased as a used car.
Suited and Booted
A recent study found that, on average, American men spend $10 more than women on clothing and accessories each month. The report estimates that the market for menswear will grow at 8.3% to become a $110.3 billion market. This rate of growth is expanding at almost twice the rate of womenswear. A pride in one’s appearance certainly fits with the 007 lifestyle. However, it is not always financially responsible to purchase the latest designer apparel. Luckily, vintage is very on trend. Why not visit your local thrift store or shop around online to find the best preloved designer pieces on the market? It is possible to make great savings and to find pieces of such quality that they are sure to last a lifetime. Remember Bond always manages to be the slickest dresser in the room, so don’t be afraid to go all out.
Shaken not stirred
A perfect way to emulate the lifestyle of James Bond is by purchasing a martini travel bar set. A Martini to hand is essential for any 007 fanatic. By carrying your own you can actually save money, as bars tend to significantly mark up the prices of their drinks in order to secure a larger profit. Try to avoid newer, flimsier models, and instead opt for an old classic. If you are visiting your local thrift shop for clothes, why not add martini glasses to your shopping list? An alternative is to look online or, if you’re serious about your alcohol, visit an antique dealer. Perfect for hotel rooms, glamourous parties, or a romantic picnic with your favorite bond girl, a martini travel bar set is a great conversation starter.