The return of Level 4 lockdown hasn’t been a welcome one for just about anyone. However, our job is to make it just that bit more bearable for you, the reader, and we have a brand new issue arriving just in time to save you from the tedium of the endless COVID newscycle and mindless Netflix scrolling. Here’s just a sneak peek of the very best of what our M2 Sept/Oct issue has in store.
Gracing the cover of our M2 Sept/Oct issue is none other than 007 himself, English superstar actor Daniel Craig. As we eagerly await the release of No Time To Die; his final effort as the incomparable British screen icon James Bond which is currently scheduled to hit New Zealand theaters 30th September (an already tenuous date that grows more doubtful by the day), we take a look back on Craig’s astounding career that has brought him to the pinnacle of entertainment stardom. From waiting tables in a London restaurant to the face of one of the world’s most beloved film franchises, it’s been quite a ride for the reserved, witty Brit, and we’ve recapped his impressive career on the big screen. Craig has become one of the franchises most recognisable stars and while it will have been over six years since we last saw him don the iconic black tuxedo on the big screen by the time No Time To Die finally arrives, absence has only had the heart grow fonder for Bond fans everywhere and we cannot wait to see what Craig has in store in his final outing.
Onto one of our own making waves in the entertainment world, this issue features our chat with local Hollywood rising star Beulah Koale. The 28-year-old South Auckland native has been crushing it in the ‘States over the past few years, landing a main role in CBS’ reboot of Hawaii Five-O as well as appearing in the Chloë Grace Moretz fronted feature, Shadow In The Cloud. However, Koale has recently given his time and energy to a project that holds far more personal connection with him, as he is slated to appear in a TVNZ drama series titled, The Panthers, where he will portray a member of the Polynesian Panthers during the 1970’s Dawn Raids. Koale opens up about his ascent in Hollywood and the lessons he has learned along the way, as well as how he hopes his latest role will reopen the conversation with Kiwi’s young and old about an undertold and important part of our history.
He hasn’t been in the news (or on our Twitter feeds) everyday so it’s easy to forget that we’re already half a year into Joe Biden’s first term as President of the United States. We’ve put Biden’s opening stint under the microscope and looked at the good, the bad and where the jury is still out on his time in the Oval Office so far. We examined his performance in a range of different areas, from COVID to domestic policy to foreign policy (especially relevant right about now) and everything in between, before looking toward the future his reign and how the increasingly important 2022 midterm elections could play a huge factor in his legacy when all is said and done.
Of course, if you’re looking for something a bit more tongue-in-cheek, our staff writer Isaac Taylor has trudged through the deepest corners of internet loony-dom and compiled what can only be described as the definitive “Idiot’s Guide to COVID Conspiracy Theories”. From Bill Gates’ 5G nanobots to international accusations of bio-weaponry to just flat of denial of its existence, the list of wacky explanations and justifications for the world-altering pandemic is vast and extensive, so we’ve compacted the absolute best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) ones into an easy-to-track guide. Who knows, maybe you’ll find yourself converted by the end (we would sincerely hope not).
You can find all of this, and as usual, all of the latest in tech, entertainment, business, cars, events and so much more, including the return of the M2 Luxury Watch Feature, in our M2 Sept/Oct ‘21 issue. Available in supermarkets nationwide or online through our online membership, starting at a measly $1.99 a month, head to our Subscriptions page for all the details and get exploring the world of M2.