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July/August 2020
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The Bond Legacy • July/August 2020

The Bond Legacy has thrilled on the silver screen for almost 60 years, starting with the dashing Sean Connery in Dr. No and continuing this fall with No Time To Die. We go behind Agent 007 by looking at how Bond has changed over the years, and dive deep into his classic “Shaken, Not Stirred” Martini. We also look at the revival of the Drive-In theatre, million-dollar golf matches, a conversation with Oliva’s Fred Vandermarliere, the sale of the world’s biggest cigar company and our Fuente-featured Connoisseur’s Corner. Plus, an innovative cutter, Ozarks getaway, how to make the best tiki drinks this summer and our review of 76 cigars. All this and more, on newsstands now.

Features

License to Thrill

License to Thrill

Through almost 60 years, more than 20 movie thrillers and a half-dozen casting changes, James Bond has done one thing unswervingly well: spoil the plans of his enemies. From his …

The Second Coming of the Drive-In

The Second Coming of the Drive-In

Something magical occurred while I was viewing the movie Contact years ago at a Drive-In theater. As I watched a scene in which the camera pans up to star-filled space, the …

Money Matches

Money Matches

When Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson teed it up for 10 million bucks this past May, there was pride on the line for the old rivals, but not money. Woods, paired with Peyton …

Cigars

A Conversation With Oliva Cigar Co. Owner: Fred Vandermarliere

A Conversation With Oliva Cigar Co. Owner: Fred Vandermarliere

Affable and intelligent with a charming Belgian accent and boundless energy, Vandermarliere oversees J. Cortès Cigars N.V., the 94-year-old company that owns Oliva Cigar Co.

World’s Biggest Cigar Company Changes Owners

World’s Biggest Cigar Company Changes Owners

Imperial Brands agreed to sell its handmade cigar businesses to an investment group for $1.38 billion. The sale includes Tabacalera USA and its partnership with Habanos S.A. 

Connoisseur's Corner: Arturo Fuente Destino Al Siglo Siglo De Amistad

Connoisseur's Corner: Arturo Fuente Destino Al Siglo Siglo De Amistad

Arturo Fuente celebrated its 100th anniversary with the Destino al Siglo, and we smoked it after seven years of aging. Also, a Padrón, Por Larrañaga and Partagás from the 2000s.

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Cohiba Esplendido

Issue Date: August 1, 2020
Cohiba Esplendido
93
points
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Imperial Maduro
93
points

Cohiba Lancero

Issue Date: August 1, 2020
Cohiba Lancero
93
points
Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Connecticut Robusto

Up Front

Michael Jordan: The Complete Video Interview

Michael Jordan: The Complete Video Interview

Michael Jordan is the king of the basketball court, a six-time NBA champion who has been called the world’s most popular athlete. The way he played electrified the game and earned …

The Good Life

Xikar Ensō Cutter

Xikar Ensō Cutter

When Xikar released its XO cutter four years ago, its new donut shape boldly departed from the company’s signature teardrop format. But how does one innovate on an innovation? …

Big Cedar Lodge, The Ozarks

Big Cedar Lodge, The Ozarks

Johnny Morris, who made his fortune off his Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s empire, has a place that symbolizes his love for the great outdoors. Big Cedar Lodge in the foothills of …

Cadillac CT5-V

Cadillac CT5-V

Looking at its assortment of all-new utility vehicles and a makeover of the Escalade, it’s easy to think that Cadillac is all about SUVs (especially since it pulled a number of …

The White  Dinner Jacket

The White Dinner Jacket

The opening scenes in Goldfinger managed to elevate the white dinner jacket from something that Harry Highschool rents for the prom to the coolest piece of warm-weather apparel …

Tiki Drinks

Tiki Drinks

Depending on whom you ask, Tiki means many things. To the Maori people, he was the first man. In the art world, Tiki refers to Polynesian sculptures depicting him. It’s also a …

Hatch Chile

Hatch Chile

Wait until you smell a tumbler of roasting Hatch chiles. You’ll want to follow your nose, but be quick about it. The Hatch chile of New Mexico is a delicacy that is generally …

The James Bond Watches

The James Bond Watches

Almost from the start, watches have been part of the 007 legend. Some were for show. And others—tricked out with unorthodox complications—were for blowing up things. In the …

Bushnell Wingman

Bushnell Wingman

There’s more than one kind of golf outing. Some are played using hushed tones that bespeak respect for the game: the member-guest tournament, the round with a new client, the …

Smoking “Below Deck”

Smoking “Below Deck”

For six seasons the fan bait for the ocean-going-reality-television brand “Below Deck” has been a combination of armchair fantasy and intra-crew drama. This season adds a new …