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More Lost Parkdale

The N/E corner of Queen and Macdonell.

The Metropolitan School of Music.


Currently under renovations with rumours that an A & W will be moving in soon..



Photo courtesy PVHS.


Batts Limited in The Junction/Then and Now

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James Bond, Goldfinger and the Aston Martin DB5

When it was clear that Goldfinger was a hit the Producers realized how important the Aston Martin DB5 would be in the promotion of the film. As it turns out they didn’t actually own the car and it had been sent back to Aston Martin. Michael Ashley, Aston Martin’s Sales Manager at the time organized the car and a couple of others that were mocked up with the gadgets to be sent out on tour with the film. Mr. Ashley travelled with the cars to keep an eye on them. A short documentary narrated by Mr. Ashley (006) can be found below.

1098273_10151774329036351_646800550_nGoldfinger at the Odeon Carlton 1965.

bondcarMichael Ashley (on the right) with Frank Millard at his Los Angeles car dealership.

Frank Millard (left) and Mike Ashley, sales representative for Aston Martin, discuss the $65,000 car used for a “Goldfinger” (James Bond movie). The car is on display at Millard Motors, and will next be used for the movie “Thunderball”, another James Bond 007 movie.

Not sure which car this is. The original driving car that was used in the film was stolen from a storage facility in Miami a number of years ago and has never been seen since.

A second car was used for the various inserts of the gadgets etc.

p1110194This car, currently part of the Dezer Car Collection in Miami is, according to Mr. Ashley. one of the display cars and probably the nicest one of the bunch.

According to Mr. Ashley, this was car was never in any of the films but built privately as a Bond car. because of this everything was done properly and is the best example out there

A version of the car also appears in the1983  made for TV movie

The return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E

Driven by George Lazenby playing a mysterious spy named J.B.


Ian Fleming contributed to the show’s concepts after being approached by the show’s co-creator, Norman Felton.[3] The book The James Bond Films reveals that Fleming originally proposed two characters, Napoleon Solo and April Dancer (The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.). At one point, Fleming’s name was to have been associated more conspicuously with the series. The series’s original proposal was entitled, Ian Fleming’s Solo.[4] Robert Towne, Sherman Yellen, and Harlan Ellison wrote scripts for the series. Author Michael Avallone, who wrote the first original novelisation based upon the series (see below), is sometimes incorrectly cited as the show’s creator (such as in the January 1967 issue of The Saint Magazine).

P1110189A mysterious Bond Girl with the car.

It was part of the Cars of the Stars Collection and spent most of it’s life in northern England in a little town called Keswick. Mr. Dezer bought the entire collection last year and had it shipped to Miami.

Michael Ashley narrates a short film about the car.

article-1283169-09D942AE000005DC-284_634x402More details on the car here.

The most detailed story of the various cars appears here.

Aston Martin DB5Ken Adams original sketch.

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Old Signs/Toronto

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Old Mimico Barber Shop

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This old barber shop on the Lakeshore in Mimico has been closed for several years but the owner (the barber’s son) keeps it preserved as a tribute to his late father. It’s been used in a number of period films and commercials.

The Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens 1966

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The Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens 1966

The Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens 1966

The Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens 1966The Beatles answer questions at the Hot Stove Lounge August 17, 1966

A news conference, September 7 1964.
Not sure who the interviewer is but he’s quite aggressive and rude.
I’m surprised that John didn’t let him have it.The Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens 1966
Pelham Puppets out of England produced these “Musician” puppets during the height of Beatlemania. I received one for Christmas in 1966 or 67 and didn’t like it so it was returned to Eatons and exchanged for one of these….

The Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens 1966
Johnny Speed by Topper Toys.