Daniel Craig  as James Bond in the film Spectre.

If you want to drop a plumb line into the soul of England today, you could do worse than to watch the two biggest-grossing films in Britain last weeke(...)

Alibaba founder Jack Ma: “Singles Day has shown the power of China’s consumers.” Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Sales during “Singles Day”, Jack Ma’s online shopping spree, soared 60 per cent to 91.2 billion yuan (€13.28 billion) last week, leading some to specu(...)

A model poses with a 12.03 carats cushion-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond mounted on a ring at Sotheby’s auction house in Geneva. The “Blue Moon Diamond” sold for 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.4 million). Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The rare and flawless “Blue Moon Diamond” sold for 48.6 million Swiss francs ($48.4 million) to a Hong Kong buyer on Wednesday, setting a world record(...)

Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma and actor Daniel Craig pick some ‘Singles Day’ winners.

James Bond and President Frank Underwood were among the big salesman on China’s Singles Day, the world’s biggest online shopping bonanza, as e-commerc(...)

Former Milk Tray Man James Coombes: chatty but confectionery-free. Photograph: Cadbury/PA Wire

Cadbury is searching for a new Milk Tray Man to dress in black and make unsolicited visits to the homes of single women, leaving behind a box of choco(...)

Chinese premier Xi Jinping with the Aston Martin DB10  during his state visit in London: the sports car will feature in the new James Bond film, Spectre. Photograph:  Chris Jackson/Getty Images

If you’re going to dangle a carrot in front of potential investors, then a 1,000hp electric super-saloon would be a good one. And it’s got an Aston(...)

The Aston Martin DB9 “looks as fresh-faced and beguilingly beautiful as Audrey Hepburn”

It was the first truly modern Aston Martin. The sports car maker, famous for its swooping designs, its barking engine notes and its intimate associati(...)

 Bestselling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankel, whose most famous creation was the detective Kurt Wallander, has died  at the age of 67. Photograph: Nora Lorek/AFP/Getty Images

Henning Mankell, who has died aged 67, after being diagnosed with cancer last year, established almost single-handedly the global picture of Sweden as(...)

‘All the features of old, with the convenience of new,” I’m told, as we look around 131 Tritonville Road in Dublin. From the outside the house (...)

Singer Sam Smith is the voice of the new Bond theme song, ‘Writing’s on the Wall’. The 23-year-old said singing the title song to ‘Spectre’, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, was ‘one of the highlights of my career’. Photograph: @007/PA Wire

Brit-award winning singer Sam Smith has been confirmed as the voice of the new Bond theme song. The 23-year-old said singing the title song to Spec(...)