Keeping busy in the extended lockdown is a conundrum that even Q would struggle to crack. Here’s a few ideas to keep you and your household entertained in James Bond style…
Gather round for games
If playing games is your thing then why not throw your own Casino Royale poker night (or Solitaire session) with a set of Bond picture playing cards. Just watch out for someone cheating like Goldfinger… Or what about a Monopoly session? 007 Monopoly (2020 Edition) will keep you and your lockdown partners entertained (and probably arguing) for hours and features all 25 films, including No Time To Die. For something a little different, try Legendary 007: A James Bond Deck Building Game. Choose a Bond, recruit allies and deploy technology on your mission to foil the machinations of criminal masterminds like Goldfinger and Scaramanga.
Consider yourself a Bond expert? Put it to the test with the new edition 007 Top Trumps set. Go head-to-head on your knowledge of characters from Dr. No to No Time To Die, in categories from Power & Influence and Treachery, to Allure & Charm. Budding MI6 code breakers should look no further than the new Royal Mail James Bond Secret Dossier, which contains six missions linked to the special 007 stamps.
Jigsaws have become THE thing to do during lockdown and the Bond limited edition ones at 007Store stand out from the crowd. Made with special shaped wooden pieces, there are two to choose from: Moonraker showcases artwork from poster artist Dan Goozee and features Hugo Drax, Dr. Holly Goodhead, Jaws and of course Bond. The Dr. No puzzle features the French poster artwork from 1962.
Perfect your bar skills
Now’s the perfect time to break out the cocktail shaker from the back of your cupboard and hone your home bar skills with Shaken: The Official James Bond Cocktail Book. Whether it’s the iconic martini, a refreshing negroni or daiquiri, Shaken has delicious cocktail recipes inspired by Ian Fleming’s stories, developed by award-winning London bar, Swift.
Create your own home cinema in the lounge with 007 Dry Martini Popcorn and a boxset of the Bond movies. Once you’ve worked your way through all 24 films, you may want to go deeper. Find out how the franchise started with a watch of Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 documentary which reveals how Ian Fleming’s books made it to the big screen.
Turn the house into a race track
If a full-size Aston Martin DB5 is slightly out of your price range, go for the next best thing with a remote-controlled version. Take the iconic Skyfall Edition for a spin, or if you prefer American muscle cars, opt for the red Ford Mustang from Diamonds Are Forever. Bond’s Mach 1 car has front and side wheelie action with sound and light effects – now you just need to find an alleyway to drive it down…