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Tag: James Bond

July 30, 2017

A Spectre of a Landy

by Matthew Steeples

Villain’s Land Rover used in James Bond film ‘Spectre’ to be auctioned in London   A 2014 Land Rover Defender SVX used in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre is to be sold in London in September.   Offered without reserve, the fully UK road legal vehicle – which was one of ten such models … Continue reading “A Spectre of a Landy”

May 16, 2017

Geoffrey Bayldon (1924 – 2017)

by Matthew Steeples

Wacky Leeds born actor Geoffrey Bayldon was best known for playing Catweazle in the 1970s series of the same name as the Crowman in Worzel Gummidge. Bayldon also played ‘Q’ in Casino Royale in 1967, was gay, turned down the role of Dr Who twice thinking the series “too long” and enjoyed collecting watercolour paintings, … Continue reading “Geoffrey Bayldon (1924 – 2017)”

May 13, 2017

Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett)

by Matthew Steeples

Dame Paddy Ridsdale, as she generally known, was an intelligence operative, secretary to Ian Fleming during WW2 and the inspiration for the Bond character Miss Moneypenny.   A Conservative Party stalwart and married to Member of Parliament for Harwich from 1954 to 1992 Sir Julian Ridsdale CBE (1915 – 2004), Dame Paddy – or Vicky, … Continue reading “Lady Ridsdale DBE (1921 – 2009, née Victoire Bennett)”

May 2, 2017

Tall Poppy Syndrome

by Matthew Steeples

Asking price for America’s tallest single-family residence – a 124-foot tall tower in Phoenix, Arizona – slashed by 74%; it is somewhat dated but costs nearly nothing to heat and nearly nothing in property taxes either   They say “the bigger, the better” but in the case of Falcon Nest at Prescott in Arizona, it … Continue reading “Tall Poppy Syndrome”

September 7, 2015

Bonded to a Rolls

by Matthew Steeples

1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I drophead coupé owned by Bond set designer Sir Ken Adam to be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Battersea sale tonight

August 25, 2015

Reader offer: A postcard from Stoddart

by Matthew Steeples

‘Photographer to the Stars’ John Stoddart branches out to sell limited edition postcard sets – but rush to buy to buy them, the edition is limited to just 100 and priced at just £25

July 16, 2015

Edward Holcroft

by General

Named the “UK’s star of tomorrow” by Screen Daily in 2014, Edward Holcroft has also been described as “a remarkable actor, a remarkable man” by fellow actor Mark Rylance.

June 5, 2015

The Writers’ Block

by Matthew Steeples

Former home of Ian Fleming that is currently owned by Sol Campbell for sale for £6.75 million

May 17, 2015

The Worst Marriage in Georgetown

by Matthew Steeples

Story of the 2011 murder of 91-year old socialite Viola Herms Drath by her 47-year old bisexual fraudster husband Albrecht Gero Muth to be made into a film produced by Christoph Waltz

September 5, 2014

Roald Dahl: Literary hero

by James Murphy

James Murphy lauds Roald Dahl as a literary hero   My last article focused on Ian Fleming and Roald Dahl provides a natural sequel. Like Fleming, Dahl’s work continues to film and television from beyond his grave.

August 24, 2014

Henry Cavill

by Matthew Steeples

This Jersey born actor was educated at Stowe and has appeared in everything from Midsomer Murders to The Tudors. Henry Cavill didn’t quite beat Daniel Craig to play James Bond but as Superman he’s claimed plaudits galore. As a child he was nicknamed “Fat Cavill” but now he’s the one having the last laugh. He … Continue reading “Henry Cavill”

July 19, 2014

Romantic heroes: Ian Fleming and James Bond

by James Murphy

James Murphy examines his romantic heroes, Ian Fleming and James Bond   I was privileged to attend the recent Masterpiece art and antiques fair in Chelsea. For me, the undoubted highlight was coming face to face with the letters of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, on Peter Harrington’s stand.

July 1, 2014

Mastering Moss

by Matthew Steeples

Painting of Sir Stirling Moss for sale at Masterpiece   As Masterpiece 2014 comes towards it conclusion on the 2nd July, we feature another fine work on display there – an oil on canvas painting of Sir Stirling Moss with an Aston Martin DBR1 and a CC100 concept car

January 1, 2014

Wally of the Week: Kim Jong-un

by Matthew Steeples

Kim Jong-un is a megalomaniac with no moral compass   Kim Jong-un could easily be a Bond villain but in reality he is a monster. Having executed his own uncle, this 30-year old tyrant has used his New Year’s Day message to describe Chang Song-thaek’s killing as “resolute action” to strengthen his country.

December 23, 2013

Merry Christmas from ‘The Steeple Times’

by Matthew Steeples

Wishing our readers a very Merry Christmas   As we all head home for the holidays, may we take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. We’ve had a busy year at The Steeple Times and below we highlight some of our favourite stories as a collage.

December 16, 2013

Your Country Needs You

by Matthew Steeples

Original Scotland Yard site to become hotel ‘of the quality of Chateau Marmont’   An Edwardian building on the site of the original Scotland Yard is to be converted into a 92,000 square foot, 235-bedroom 5-star hotel of the “world class… quality of The Mercer or the Chateau Marmont”

October 16, 2013

A million dollar Toyota

by Matthew Steeples

RM Auctions offer a Toyota for a million dollars   Toyota is not a firm that one generally associates with sports cars and luxury, but with the sale of a 1967 Toyota 2000GT at an expected price of $1,000,000 (£625,000), we’ve definitely found an exception.

October 8, 2013

Cygneting a disaster

by Matthew Steeples

Losses of £34.1 million follow in the wake of Aston Martin’s Cygnet’s failure   Aston Martin makes wonderful sports cars. Given reports that the company lost £34.1 million in 2012, they should perhaps stick to that.

September 18, 2013

Amir Zada: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with financier Amir Zada   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Health, hard work, love and laughter.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Revenge is a waste of time, as is gloating”.  

September 3, 2013

Natasha Devon: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with writer, television personality and co-founder of Body Gossip Natasha Devon   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I’m driven by a desire to make everything fair (and to silence the people who would have us believe that injustice can be explained by that irritating platitude – “life’s … Continue reading “Natasha Devon: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

August 25, 2013

Genre watch

by James Murphy

James Murphy offers a rundown on the trends in cinema today and an insight into what is coming in 2014 and 2015   Summer 2013 was unremarkable for movies. Iron Man 3: too clever for its own good. Man of Steel: a long way from ‘super’. Wolverine: pointless, toothless and a waste of Hugh Jackman’s … Continue reading “Genre watch”

June 7, 2013

Alexandra Naylor: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks interpreter and businesswoman Alexandra Naylor: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Faith, hope and love.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Treat others the way you want to be treated.   … Continue reading “Alexandra Naylor: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

May 7, 2013

Lord of the Bond

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a £400,000 castle owned by a man who was an inspiration for the creation of James Bond’s nom de plume Sir Hilary Bray, Bt and for many elements of 007’s character also   Count Robin de la Lanne-Mirrlees (1925 – 2012) is largely thought of as the man whose persona Ian Fleming … Continue reading “Lord of the Bond”

May 6, 2013

Morgan Delle Piane: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks experimental disc jockey and background actor Morgan Delle Piane: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? All the virtues.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Equality and diversity.  

March 8, 2013

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal

by Matthew Steeples

Ranked as “the most influential Arab in the world”, Al-Waleed has at various times held investments in News Corp, AOL, Apple Inc., Motorola, Fox News, Eastman Kodak, TWA, Twitter, The Savoy, the Four Seasons hotel chain and Euro Disney SCA. Not afraid to back his beliefs financially, the “Buffett of Arabia” gave £18.5 million to … Continue reading “Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal”

December 4, 2012

Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE, FRSA

by Matthew Steeples

Undoubtedly best known as one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period, Yorkshire born Dench briefly played Pru Forrest in the BBC’s The Archers. She’s an advocate for “more progressive drug policies” and only took the role of Lady Catherine de Bourgh in Pride & Prejudice after director Joe Wright wrote to her and … Continue reading “Dame Judi Dench CH, DBE, FRSA”

November 25, 2012

Richard Caring

by Matthew Steeples

Of Italian-Jewish descent, Caring is of the “supermarket-sweep” school of empire building. This billionaire started out in the rag trade but now controls the majority of the top restaurants and clubs in Central London. He survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and viewed that to be a wakeup call. Since then he’s donated millions to … Continue reading “Richard Caring”

November 13, 2012

More Purdey than Posh

by Matthew Steeples

Charles Mitford Cust test drives the Range Rover Evoque   When I saw my first Range Rover Evoque coupé in the flesh I decided right then that it was time to emigrate. The actual remark I made is too rude to put in print, but the jist is that it’s ‘slammed’ rear styling reminded me … Continue reading “More Purdey than Posh”

November 10, 2012

Bond’s base

by Matthew Steeples

A home suitable for James Bond   The latest James Bond film Skyfall is the talk of the town and it’s received many a rave review. The fictional James Bond allegedly lived in Royal Avenue, off the Kings Road in SW3, but if he were looking for a house today, we think 9 Hillgate Street … Continue reading “Bond’s base”

November 6, 2012

Derek Paravicini

by Matthew Steeples

This echolaliac prodigy has absolute pitch and has been described as “the human iPod.” His abilities as a musician are amazing given that he’s both blind and autistic. The cousin of The Duchess of Cornwall’s children, Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes, Paravicini unexpectedly played Big Spender to the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair … Continue reading “Derek Paravicini”

October 16, 2012

Far from a loser

by Matthew Steeples

Henrik Fisker: a man who creates automotive winners   Readers of The Steeple Times will know that we are big fans of the designs of Henrik Fisker and most especially his Fisker Karma – a car that has sadly not yet made it to Britain’s roads.   We very much hope that this superb automobile … Continue reading “Far from a loser”

October 9, 2012

Sophie Michell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the chef, author and television personality Sophie Michell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force?  “Independence and the life choices that come with it.”    “Never regret, never explain, never apologise” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? As … Continue reading “Sophie Michell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

September 23, 2012

No man is an island

by Matthew Steeples

The joys and pitfalls of island life   Living on a private island would, to many, seem like a dream. The prospect of being able to do what you want, when you want and without having to pander to rules and regulations indeed does sound appealing. Swapping the rat race and daily commute for white … Continue reading “No man is an island”

May 24, 2012

Stoned & Stoddart

by Matthew Steeples

John Stoddart features in a Parisian exhibition   To mark the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones, La Gelerie de l’Instant opens an exhibition named “Photographies de Stoned-and-Respectable” this evening in Paris.   Photographs featured most notably number works by Terry O’Neill, Patrick Anson, the 5th Earl of Lichfield, Albert Watson, Peter Lindbergh and Philip … Continue reading “Stoned & Stoddart”

May 23, 2012

Steven Berkoff

by Matthew Steeples

Berkoff is a titan of the stage and a might with a pen. He’s best known for playing the darkest of characters but in reality he’s charm personified. Berkoff beat Julie Burchill in a libel case in 1996 and finds it “flattering” to play evil characters. He lives on the river in a converted warehouse … Continue reading “Steven Berkoff”

May 12, 2012

Jack O’Shea

by Matthew Steeples

A gentleman butcher. He’s deservedly been named Butcher of the Year by The Independent and his shops in Brussels and Knightsbridge are a mecca for foodies. He took on the might of Sir Roger Moore and his campaign against foie gras by selling it from his Selfridges counter in 2011. He was ejected from the … Continue reading “Jack O’Shea”

April 27, 2012

John Stoddart

by General

A Liverpudlian who moved from shooting with guns whilst in The Grenadier Guards to snapping the best-known personalities. Always kitted out in the finest garb, Whitstable based John Stoddart is particularly partial to a stiff G&T at 12 noon. His subjects have variously included Tony and Cherie Blair, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martin Scorsese, Catherine … Continue reading “John Stoddart”

Rupert Murdoch

by Matthew Steeples

This father of six is a media mogul who doesn’t back down. Faced with being labeled the prime culprit in the phone hacking debacle, he battles on. His second wife Wendi packs a mean left hook.

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