The James Bond franchise

On October 5th 1962, a then unknown Sean Connery played the lead role in the UK premier of Dr.No, the first cinematic adaptation of an Ian Fleming novel, which not only changed the face of action movies forever, but gave birth to the greatest franchise in film history, that lives on to this day…

The Significance Of Salt

The mere mention of salt in the modern age has doctors frothing at the gills, as they choke their way through an endless list of deathly diseases and life-threatening conditions that are the apparent outcome of consuming even the most miniscule measurement of sodium chloride. But, far from being the devil in disguise, salt was once the most sought-after commodity in human history…

The Birth Of Denim Jeans

Denim jeans represent one of the most unique items of clothing ever to grace worldwide wardrobes. From rural farmer to urban lawyer, from housewife to heiress, denim jeans unite all walks of life in a way that no other fashion has ever achieved…

RING

Ring is a story about a group of boys under sixteen years old: Zakir, Al-Amin and Rubel. Most of the boys come from an unstable and uncertain life. Dropped out of school because of extreme poverty, their only dream left is to become a boxer. Every day they practice at the Mohammad Ali National Boxing stadium and if they haven’t got bus money they’ll walk the long distance. Zakir has become one of the major boxing players in Bangladesh, winning the gold medal in last year’s BKSP (Bangladesh Sports Education Institute) competition.

A colt is my passport – Nikkatsu studio

Gang warfare… this film tells the story of a hitman played by Jo Shishido, hired to kill a gang leader in the suburbs of Tokyo…

Kobe Beef – Between myth and legend…

What is a legend? Once, I read that, “A legend is a tale that people tell as if it were a true story. The exact details are often difficult to maintain, but what always stays the same is the place where the event occurred, and those who experienced it.”

The Kingdom

Photography by Georges Ly. Edited by Sanza Bulaya.

Beatlemania

In the autumn of 1963, a raging epidemic was spreading rapidly across Britain and the European continent and would soon conquer American soils. This frenzied mass hysteria, never witnessed before and never to be seen again was summarised in one word: Beatlemania…

Bespoke…

What is it that Napoleon III, the Russian tsars, English kings, the last four princes of Wales (George IV, Edward VII, the Duke of Windsor, Prince Charles and other crowned figures) have in common with such notorious personalities as Valentino, Fairbanks, Gable, Astaire, Cooper, Olivier, Coward, Dietrich – not to mention Paul Bettany, Daniel Craig, Jude Law, and David Beckham? What unites these icons in a common tradition, and to what ends?

From Hollywood To Chollywood

China is now officially the world’s second largest film market and is predicted to overtake Hollywood by the end of the decade. With box office receipts rocketing by 30% in 2012 to US $3.3 billion, there are currently ten new film screens opening every day in China…

Ode à l’élégance

Photography by Georges Ly. Edited by Sanza Bulaya.

Brazil’s African Heritage

I admit – to simplify the entirety of Brazilian history to the life and career of Gilberto Gil would be quite a reductive gesture…