Bond-Like Pierce Brosnan Pimps Online Gambling Site Lottomatica

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As if ripped from a James Bond movie scene, a woman, dressed in a towel having just emerged from the shower, dries her hair and says, "five minutes." As the camera glides across a very James Bond-like abode, James Bond, himself aka Pierce Bronson, walks into the frame and intones, "take your time."

Bond puts on his cufflinks, grams his coat from the closet, grabs his Visa card and straightens his tie. As his half-his-age date emerges dressed to the nines in an evening gown, Bond asks, "Are you ready?"

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by Steve Hall    Jul-26-12    
Topic: Celebrity, Commercials



Close-Up Toothpaste Causes Epic Lip Lock

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Close-Up toothpaste is sort of a dead brand in America. But not overseas. Oh no. At least not according to this new work from Lowe and production company Hungry Man. Touting the brand's new Deep Action line, which is said to eliminate 99 percent of germs and provide breath three times cooler, the commercial reveals why the brand may have gone too far formulating the new product.

Like a bunch of 13-year-old girls meeting One Direction, Beatles-style mania breaks out as no one can keep themselves from sucking face with the nearest available random stranger on the street.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-20-12    
Topic: Commercials



Skyy Brings Beer Babes to Vodka

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Long ago beer brands, for the most part, gave up using hot chicks to shill their brew. If you recall, we had the Coors Twins, the Miller Lite Catfight girls, the classy Heineken beer babes, the burping and farting Troegs beer babe, the Skinny Blond skinny blonds and so many more.

But no more. The trend ended and, for the most part, beer brands cleaned up their act and went in different directions. Of course, this being advertising, most humans having an addiction to sex and many creative types far too stunted to get their minds out of the gutter, hot babes with big tits in bikinis and miniskirts will, forever, have their place in the world of advertising.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-19-12    
Topic: Commercials, Racy



Adidas Adizero Gets Inside Mind of Opponent

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Having done a bit of competitive running back in the day, we know the importance of light footwear. But at a certain point, how much does it really matter? After all, shoes just aren't all that heavy when compared to the foot and the muscle to which they are attached. Especially the foot and muscles of football players like Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin.

In any event, new work from 180LA illustrates how important it is to get inside the head of one's opponent before the game. What this has to do with the lightness of a shoe we know not. But we're sure it's a sports thing.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-19-12    
Topic: Commercials



With ARCO, You'll 'Pump With Confidence'

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Gasoline brand advertising has always struck us as pointless. After all, when your car needs gas, you just go to the nearest station and fill up. Sure there are some differences in each brand's formulation but is it really that different to in any way, shape or form make a significant dent in the performance or gas mileage for the average driver? We could be wrong but we've always thought not. Gas is gas. Buy it when you need it. Buy it where you needs it.

And when we receive a press release that screams, "Fresh off their recent Titanium Lion win in Cannes and exodus from Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Bill Wright and James Dawson-Hollis have already begun to inject their contagiously unconventional creativity into OgilvyWest as it embarks on a new creative era," we aren't expecting much. After all, it's a gas ad. How much creativity is truly required?

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by Steve Hall    Jul-18-12    
Topic: Commercials



Airtime Enlists MC Hammer, Kurt Russell For Inaugural Ad

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Perhaps you've heard of Airtime, the Chatroulette-like video chat service from Shawn Parker that allows you to chat randomly with your Facebook friends or complete strangers based on interests. Anyway, Airtime Co-Founder Shawn Fanning just released a promotional video for the service which features spokesman Ian Plaff who also works for the agency that created the video, Portal A.

Plaff takes on the persona of Buckley Rivington, a well-to-do, old money sort of fellow who's right at home in his Hugh Hefner-wear while chatting up the likes of MC Hammer, Kurt Russel, Gary Vaynerchuk and Ronnie Lott on Airtime.

It's humorous enough if you're into that whole "I'm an uber geek who has to adopt every new widget the tech industry produces" thing.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-17-12    
Topic: Commercials



Buying Geico Insurance More Fun Than Smashing Watermelons

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Just when you think every last insurance ad concept has been done, The Martin Agency comes up with Happier Than, a humorous campaign that compares the happiness factor of buying insurance from Geico to, well, comedian Gallagher whacking watermelons at a farm stand.

This first spot will begin airing tonight during Letterman. Additional apost will feature Christopher Columbus driving speedboats and Slinky having his way with an escalator

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by Steve Hall    Jul-16-12    
Topic: Campaigns, Commercials, Strange



Life Sans Textiles A Prickly Situation

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McCann New York is out with its first work for IKEA. A two minute film focuses on what life would be like without textiles, the focus of the brand's upcoming catalog. In the ad, directed by Paranoid's Oliver Babinet and underscored with Maplewood's Everything I Own, we see just how much of a challenge life would be sans textiles. It wouldn't be pleasant.

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by Steve Hall    Jul-16-12    
Topic: Commercials



Susan Glenn Revealed! And Kiefer Sutherland is in Love With Her

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For the past month or so, a woman by the name of Susan Glenn has been popping up. First on Buzzfeed then on various message boards, a blog and even on the OnlineSlangDictionary where one of the definitions defines her as "That girl that you like so much but you never actually flirt with because you are too worried about messing it all up"

In the Facebook group Suxorz, a group that collects epic social media failures, BlogAds Founder Henry Copeland wondered whether or not this is just "a lame seeding for some movie... or just the first of some supersmart social campaign?"

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by Steve Hall    Jul-13-12    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials



Who Knew VW Could Save A Relationship?

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We often receive platitude-filled press releases which prattle on endlessly about the finer points of a particular piece of work's genesis or creativity. But this one from Velocity Films which recently shot an Ogilvy Cape Town-created ad for VW really lays it on thick.

According to the release, this work, "combines meditative beauty with a sensitivity to the lead character's vulnerability to create the backdrop for her tale of bravery and self-exploration. With his trademark elegance, Erik (director Erik Van Wyk) handles this love story with great restraint. Each scene - from the lingering decision at the start, to the hypnotic connection between deer and driver and ultimate reunification of lovers - a moment of magic. The result is a visual poem that expresses the warmth at the heart of VW technology."

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by Steve Hall    Jul-12-12    
Topic: Commercials










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