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The Blockbuster Issue

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CONTENTS BLOCKBUSTER The word “blockbuster” may be best known as a way of labelling a successful (and profitable) film or book, but it has a wider dictionary meaning that extends to any “particularly effective or successful thing or person”. Which got us thinking about blockbusters of all kinds and seemed like a neat theme for this issue. To represent film, we speak to Tom Hiddleston, star of many a Hollywood blockbuster (Thor, Avengers) and Jaguar’s latest ad campaign, and also take a look at the remarkably diverse roles Jaguar cars have played in film history. Then there are blockbusting products – via two exclusive photoshoots – from the game-changing F-PACE to a new family of Jaguar saloons. Or blockbusting travel, from our insidetrack story on Shanghai – one of the world’s most important modern cities – to a profile of Airbnb’s founder, who has transformed the way millions of us go on holiday. All in all, we think this issue has the ingredients to match its title. But we’ll let you be the judge of that… 42 54 60 54 CONTRIBUTORS Sjoerd ten Kate is a true car-nut. The Dutchman describes his style as spontaneous and ‘honest’ but always graphic. What would he describe as his latest blockbuster experience? “Shooting the F-PACE exclusively for J-Magazine on a private air strip surrounded by security months before its official unveil.” Good answer (See p16 and p78) Shiraz Randeria is the London-born, Shanghai-based creative director of fashion, art and design brand Kingdom Of Heaven and also writes and photographs for Wallpaper* and Elle. “My last blockbuster experience was Jurassic World at a 24-hour IMAX cinema: a 2am screening with a raucous audience. Great dino-fun” (See his city guide, p34) John Arlidge writes for the Sunday Times Magazine in London and Condé Nast in New York. For J-Magazine he profiles the remarkable Airbnb founder Brian Chesky. His blockbuster experience is a bit of a biggie. “I recently flew around the world non-stop. 26,000 miles in four days. I didn’t have jet lag. I had place lag” (see p60) 6 j THE BLOCKBUSTER ISSUE

66 28 34 16 50 08 Ignition A carefully curated round-up of the latest in design and gastronomy, plus road trip and rooftop pool advice 16 Room to manoeuvre: F-PACE launches Jaguar’s first practical sports car takes centre stage in our exclusive 12-page photoshoot as we learn about its design and engineering secrets 28 Bond & beyond From Vertigo to Spectre, we take a look at some of Jaguar’s starring roles in film (plus a few interesting cameos too) 34 Travel: Shanghai Let our local expert be your guide to China’s cultural heart as he reveals its hidden (and not so hidden) charms 42 Cover story: Tom Hiddleston We catch up with the handsome British film star and talk about his new role as ‘Mr Big’ in Jaguar’s ad campaign, his upcoming films and why he’s got a soft spot for the XJS 50 Infographic: The Blockbusters In the spirit of the issue’s theme, our infographic wizard looks at the top-selling, longest-running, highest-grossing and biggest-flopping creative stuff in modern history 54 Triple X-factor: Jaguar’s new saloon family As the most coherent line-up of saloons in Jaguar’s history launches, we take them all for an exclusive spin 60 Profile: Mr Airbnb We profile the man who has changed the landscape of travel with his billion online house-sharing business 66 Jaguar Land Rover in the Artic In a new and regular focus that includes Jaguar’s sister brand Land Rover, J-Magazine takes a look at JLR’s Winter Test Centre on a cold trip to snowy Lapland 68 Me & my Jag An NYC hipster and his F-TYPE and a German gent (and his dog) in a classic XJ feature in this new regular section. Find out how you can get involved too 70 World of Jaguar Beckham and bikes and cultural excitement in the Middle East all feature in our global graphic round-up 72 Local news & events Jaguar celebrates its 80th birthday with a special rally, ties laces with Oliver Sweeney and ‘feels’ Wimbledon 78 Last page: Behind the scenes A glimpse of how we made some of this issue’s special features, from F-PACE in Austria and beyond... THE BLOCKBUSTER ISSUE j 7





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