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the most so­phis­ti­cated way pos­si­ble, we’ve been hy­per­ven­ti­lat­ing like 5SOS fans at GQ HQ, await­ing the re­lease of 007’s Spec­tre next month. Se­crets of the film – will it be Daniel Craig’s last? – have been drip-fed to us via Sony Pic­tures over the past six months, and the fer­vour for the end prod­uct has built among the team. So much so, that when I couldn’t take any more of the trailer re­leases and the lim­ited-edi­tion Bond prod­ucts from lux­ury brands tied to the film, I swung around to our deputy editor Richard Clune (pic­ture me in my big leather chair, firmly stroking our white Per­sian of­fice cat) and de­manded, “Get me Bond.” Un­for­tu­nately, I swung too far and ended up fright­en­ing the fash­ion in­tern. He scam­pered off and the next day we re­ceived a let­ter of com­plaint from his mother. Sorry about that. There’s just some­thing about this fran­chise that inspires. The char­ac­ter of Bond him­self is, for all in­tents and pur­poses, the per­son­i­fi­ca­tion, al­beit fic­ti­tious, of the GQ man. Smart, stylish, good look­ing, witty, sporty and de­sired by all. It’s for this rea­son that we’ve cre­ated our Month of Bond across the GQ plat­form, an­chored by our Aus­tralian ex­clu­sive with the se­cret agent him­self, Mr Craig. We lit­er­ally went to the ends of the earth to get that – Clune still re­mind­ing of the lengths he went. (We full-well know he was on a visit to his in-laws in York­shire, Eng­land, when the chance to in­ter­view Craig came through. He self­lessly de­cided to leave his wife and kids in the quiet, ro­man­tic coun­try­side to beat his way back to the hor­rors of Lon­don to do the in­ter­view. But we’re play­ing along.) And hats off to him too, Craig, like Bond, is no­to­ri­ously hard to crack and Cluney has de­liv­ered one of his finest to date. Let’s face it – we all se­cretly want to be James Bond. It’s one of those things that goes on the bucket list as a young man. Re­lease a chart-top­ping pop song. Edit GQ. Write a best-selling tril­ogy that be­comes a movie fran­chise. Be­come Bond. Or maybe that’s just me? I’ve come to terms with the fact I could never be Bond. I could maybe pull off some com­po­nents of the char­ac­ter, but es­pi­onage skills and that blind will­ing­ness to kill? Yeah, I haven’t quite mas­tered them. Like­wise, my firearms han­dling is ter­ri­ble. In fact, my Bond movie would have to be a spoof – less Dou­ble-o-seven and more Triple-o Emer­gency. Though per­haps, it’s the un­achiev­able ideals of Bond that make him so ap­peal­ing – like a male Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret An­gel, ev­ery­one wants to be one, but not ev­ery­one can wear den­tal floss in the of­fice. De­spite that, we, OK, I, try to em­u­late him. The in­ter­net is tes­ta­ment to that. Type ‘How to be like Bond’ into Google and there’s close to 400 mil­lion re­sults on the topic and thou­sands of sub top­ics – ‘How to dress like Bond’, ‘How to make a mar­tini like Bond’, ‘How to fold a fit­ted sheet like Bond’, you name it. Some­one’s also de­voted three years of their life to a the­sis on mas­culin­ity over the decades through the chang­ing norms and mo­rals of 007 – true story. I also love some of the en­tries on these sites, that so non­cha­lantly dic­tate the nec­es­sary steps to turn into the man him­self. 1. Be stylish. 2. Be so­phis­ti­cated. 3. Get into good food and wine. 4. Only in­sist on the best. 5. Work out three times a day. 6. Live in Monte Carlo. 7. Prac­tise com­bat­ive mar­tial arts. 8. Know your firearm in­side and out. 9. Join MI6. WTF? If that’s all too much, get to grips with our Month of Bond in­stead, and go see the movie from Novem­ber 6.

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