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JAMES BOND: 50 YEARS OF SHARP SUITING

17.10.12

Unless you’ve been living on Mars this year, you’ll know that the latest James Bond film is about to be released. Skyfall, which features Daniel Craig’s third performance as 007, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the timeless series and is its twenty-third instalment. Aside from the gadgets, cars, explosions and gorgeous Bond girls, the best thing about the James Bond films is of course the suave style. Throughout the years, the iconic spy has hardly ever been seen without his signature sharp suiting, and Skyfall is no exception.

Bond’s Black Tie

Sean Connery first arrived on the silver screen as James Bond in 1962’s Dr. No, donning a classically tailored dinner suit. The shawl collar and all other silk trimmings on the suit were crafted in midnight blue satin silk, and the single-breasted dinner jacket fastened at the front with a single button. The white shirt had a pleated front, cutaway collar and double cuffs, and the trousers had double forward pleats.

The legendary look was finished off with its essential bow-tie and pocket square. The former had diamond pointed ends, and his breast pocket held a folded white linen pocket square.

In 2008’s Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig nods to the legendary dinner suit he wore in Dr. No when he opts for a very similar version. This suit is slightly updated however with a cummerbund and trousers without pleats.

San Fran Tan

In 1985, Roger Moore introduced a different style of suit to the Bond series in A View to a Kill. His tan gabardine suit crafted from pure wool was ideal for the film’s setting, which was San Francisco. Cut in the classic style for the 1980s, the suit had natural shoulders and a clean chest. It also had concaved lapels, curved pocket flaps and a neutral hue that gives the look a light and fresh feel.

Sky’s the Limit

Since 2008’s Quantum of Solace, Tom Ford has been designing 007’s dapper attire and he has resumed the role for Skyfall. The fit of the suiting in the new film is far slimmer than ever before, bringing the look right up to date. Narrow ties and lapels however also pay homage to suits from the 1960s. Throughout the upcoming release, Craig dons several suits including a charcoal glen plaid style with padded shoulders and a three-button front.

Skyfall will premiere in London next Tuesday, and be officially released next Friday. Visit the film's official website here to find out more.

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