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Ian Fleming‘s iconic character of James Bond was known for always traveling with a slick set of wheels—and these wheels belonged to none other than the Aston Martin.
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The 1963 DB5 Aston Martin made its first appearance in 1964’s Goldfinger before reappearing the next very next year in Thunderball. Those appearances, and its subsequent reappearances in later Bond films (it has it’s very own Stan Lee-like cameo!) have made the ’63 Aston Martin a staple of cinema. It’s a movie car, with its tricked out with battering rams, retractable bulletproof glass, the ability to produce oil slicks, and an ejector seat.
I’ve always wanted one, and now I have a chance to get one.
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Thankfully, according to Forbes, a replica of the James Bond’s iconic vehicle that includes all those fun gadgets will be available at “[t]he twentieth edition of Bonhams’ annual Aston Martin sale is to be held for the first time at The Wormsley Estate in the Chiltern Hills, about an hour outside of London”.
CNN states that the news first hit us about “[t]en months ago” when “Aston Martin announced it would build a limited number of 1964 Aston Martin DB5s, just like the one Sean Connery, as James Bond, first drove in the movie Goldfinger.”
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According to the Guardian, the Aston Martin is tricked out to the extreme. The company made a partnership with Bond film producer, Eon Productions, and got in contact with Chris Corbould, a special effects expert who created many of the effects for the Bond film franchise, in order to create a car as close as humanely possibly to the film’s iconic vehicle.
But it wasn’t easy, since, according to Corbould:
“We have licence in the film world to ‘cheat’ different aspects under controlled conditions. For instance, we might have four different cars to accommodate four different gadgets. We obviously don’t have that luxury on these DB5s as all the gadgets have to work in the same car all the time.”
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What they’ve come up with though is pretty amazing. Here are some of the features:
-Guns appear from the front lights
-Guns that flash on and off that emit a “machine gun-like sound” when the driver pulls the “trigger” instead of shooting real bullets
-A telephone in the driver’s side door
-A faux radar-tracker screen
-A weapons tray hidden under the leather seats.
-282-brake-horsepower engines able to from 0-60mph in 7.1 seconds with a top speed of 148mph.
-Retractable bulletproof glass
-The ability to produce oil slicks to foil chasing vehicles.
-Revolving number plates
Unfortunately the car lacks the ejector seat that it’s famous for!
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A spokesperson sensibly asked,
“Can you imagine the challenge of getting the ejector seat past health and safety?”
Twenty-five cars have been made and will be be sold at a price of £2.75 million, which is about $3.5 million.
I know I’m not the only one who has always dreamt of owning this car and, if you give me enough money, then that dream will become a reality.
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If there’s one thing you can say about writers, it is that they certainly aren’t afraid to let loose. They are naturally creative and when that creativity meets paper, bizarre lines can spew out of writers’ minds.
Here are eight lines that made readers say, “WTF?”
Warning: NSFW Language
“I kissed her, a long hard kiss. Because baby didn’t know it, but baby was dead, and in a way I couldn’t have loved her more.”
— Jim Thompson, The Killer Inside Me
“All women love semi-rape. They love to be taken. It was his sweet brutality against my bruised body that made his act of love so piercingly wonderful.”
— Ian Fleming, The Spy Who Loved Me
“And suddenly his cock was out, jutting upward from his breeches like a fat pink mast.”
— George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows
“The dragon grinned at her before bringing his nose down and sniffing her cloth-covered pussy. ‘And you are turned on, my pretty.'”
— Alice Brown, Sapphamire
“Sunset found her squatting in the grass, groaning. Every stool was looser than the one before, and smelled fouler. By the time the moon came up she was shitting brown water. The more she drank, the more she shat, but the more she shat, the thirstier she grew.”
— George R.R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire: A Dance With Dragons
“I just beheaded and dismembered a sentient creature not twenty yards from you. That doesn’t bother you?”
— Stephanie Meyer, Twilight
“An image of her shackled to my bench, peeled gingerroot inserted in her ass so she can’t clench her buttocks,
comes to mind.”
— E.L. James, Fifty Shades of Grey
“There I am, drunk on a spring night, yanking my tampon out and hurling it into a bush outside the church.”
— Lena Dunham, Not That Kind of Girl
Did these lines make you say WTF? Let us know, and tell us which lines you’ve recently read that made you say “WTF.”
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M laid down his pipe and stared at it tetchily. ‘We have no choice. We’re just going to bring forward this other chap you’ve been preparing. But you didn’t tell me his name.’ ‘It’s Bond, sir,’ the Chief of Staff replied. ‘James Bond.’
Whether you love him or hate him, there’s no denying the effect Hefner’s work has had on both the literary and publishing worlds. In memoriam of Hugh Hefner’s life and career, we’ve put together a list of some of the most notable authors and interviews published in Playboy to prove that yes, some people really do read it for the articles.
I had so much fun making the featured image that I couldn’t not also make a full cover. Enjoy. / Image Via The New Yorker, Photoshopped by yours truly.
If you’ve got a subscription to Playboy, be sure to check out the Playboy Archive for digital copies of magazines ranging from 1954 to 2007.
1. An Interview with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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In 1964, just after he had won the Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sat down with Alex Haley for a series of interviews, which were then edited together for the magazine’s January 1965 issue. The interview is the longest interview King gave to a publication. Ever. King speaks of his observations of the Civil Rights Movement (at that point) and the first time he remembered experiencing racism. He was forced to stand on a bus, not too dissimilar to Rosa Parks’ story, which later inspired him to stage a bus boycott.
2. Haruki Murakami, author of Norwegian Wood
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Japan’s most popular author and one of the “world’s greatest living novelists”, Haruki Murakami has written bangers like Norwegian Wood, 1Q84, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and Kafka on the Shore. ‘The Second Bakery Attack‘, first published in 1992, was later published in a collection of short stories called The Elephant Vanishes: Stories.
3. Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse-Five
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Vonnegut first appeared in Playboy in a 1973 interview. Most notably, though, the magazine was the first to publish an excerpt from Armageddon in Retrospect, Vonnegut’s first posthumous collection. The collection features several new short stories, a letter Vonnegut wrote to his family during his time as a prisoner of war in World War II, drawings, and a speech written shortly before his death.
4. Jack Kerouac, author of On the Road
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5. Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451
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During the first years of Playboy’s life their budget only allowed for reprinted stories, and in 1954 they published a serialized version of Fahrenheit 451. ‘The First Night of Lent’, Bradbury’s first original story for the publication in 1956, was among the first previously unpublished stories the magazine sent to print.
6. Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale.
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Atwood’s first foray into Playboy was in 1991 with the publication of ‘The Bog Man’. ‘The Bog Man’ recounts the discovery of a 2,000 year old man during a trip between a Canadian student and the married archaeology professor she is in love with. Atwood’s other works published in Playboy include The Bad News (2006) and The Age of the Bottleneck (2008).
7. Gabriel García Márquez, author of Love in the Time of Cholera
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Published in 1971, Marquez’s short story ‘The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World‘ is about a ridiculously handsome dead body that washes up onto shore and enchants an entire village. If you’re unfamiliar with Marquez’s work, I absolutely recommend A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings.
8. Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond novels
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According to John Cork, founding member of the Ian Fleming Foundation, “by 1960 Ian Fleming, James Bond, and Playboy magazine became a nearly synonymous cultural force, truly united with Playboy‘s publication of [Fleming’s story] The Hildebrand Rarity.” Fleming’s 11th book, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, was published simultaneously as a hardcover in Britain and serialized in Playboy from April to June 1963.
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Dahl’s only non-children’s book, My Uncle Oswald, was based on ‘The Visitor’, a story written for and published in Playboy in May of 1965. You wouldn’t think a beloved children’s author would fit in with the publication but Dahl describes main character Oswald as “the greatest fornicator of all time”, so. Dahl’s first original story for Playboy was ‘A Fine Son’, published in 1959.
10. Joseph Heller, author of Catch-22
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Heller refers to his short story ‘Yossarian Survives’ (published in Playboy in 1987) as a lost chapter of Catch-22. The story describes Yossarian’s training at Lowry Field Air Force base in Denver, Colorado. Fans interested in reading this ‘lost chapter’ can find it in Catch As Catch Can: The Collected Stories and Other Writings.
11. Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club
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Palahniuk is no stranger to getting published in Playboy, but I’m including him for a reason very close-to-home. When I was twelve-years-old, rifling through my best friend’s stepfather’s magazines, I found what would eventually become one of my favorite short stories. Palahniuk’s controversial short story ‘Guts‘ was first published in the March 2004 issue of Playboy. ‘Guts’ is part of Palahniuk’s short story collection Haunted: A Novel.
12. Hunter S. Thompson, father of Gonzo journalism
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‘The Great Shark Hunt‘ graced Playboy‘s pages in 1973 and was later published in a book of autobiographical essays of the same name. Over his career, Thompson’s work appeared in Playboy on a number of occasions.
13. Truman Capote, author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Three Stories.
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In the January 1984 issue of Playboy, Capote retold some of the most outrageous stories from friend and playwright Tennessee Williams’s life. It wasn’t the first time Capote was featured in the magazine. He was also the subject of a 1968 interview about his writing career, the role of Jewish writers in the American literary scene, and his views on capital punishment.
14. An Interview with Joyce Carol Oates, author of 56 novels, and a lot more.
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The 1993 interview calls Oates:
one of the most prolific writers in America. Her critics even complain that she writes too much. She has written more novels than Nobel laureate Saul Bello, more short story collections than John Updike, more books of essays than Norman Mailer, more words of poetry than Emily Dickinson and more plays than Chekhov. Critic Harold Bloom considers her “our true proletarian novelist.”
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