HOW TO DRESS LIKE BOND, JAMES BOND

Thursday, 2 April 2020

The most stylish spy on the planet, James Bond will be back later this year with No Time to Die. Here’s the intel on the Daniel Craig suits and James Bond outfits we can look forward to.

In an uncertain world, we need our heroes more than ever … and we prefer ours shaken but not stirred, and always impeccably dressed. Which means that when James Bond returns later this year for his 25th movie mission – codenamed No Time To Die – we can be sure that he will be wearing a selection of to-die-for suits and other swoon-worthy wardrobe pieces.

James Bond has always been about style. From the very first Bond, Sean Connery (in 1962’s Dr No), through Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and now, man of the moment Daniel Craig, 007 is and has been the epitome of sartorial elegance, internationally recognised and admired but with a very British twist.

A sharp-dressed man whose sleek suits, faultless accessorising and impeccable grooming elicit attention wherever he goes (much like the Scarlet Pimpernel), James Bond is a secret agent who hides in full view, but – and this is important – permanently on duty and dressed to be ready for action. These are the key looks and traits of our favourite international man of mystery, with tips on how to acquire a touch of James Bond style. 

JAMES BOND SUITS / THE SHARP SUIT

For almost 60 years, the James Bond suit has been a sartorial object of desire for men the world over, yet in the books Ian Fleming gives 007 an understated wardrobe based around just two dark navy suits, one a lightweight worsted wool serge suitable for tropical climes, the other of a heavier weight, described as well-worn and old, so presumably classic, durable and British – the very tailoring qualities that Cordings epitomises so well.

On screen, however, image is everything and Sean Connery set the template for Bond suits and style. Rather than follow the trends of the day, Dr No director Terence Young took the handsome Scot to Savile Row and suggested he sleep in his suits to make them look and feel comfortable. Classic British tailoring with a personal trademark twist has been the way forward ever since. Connery’s suit jacket was cut to give a full chest and a slightly nipped-in waist to team with single front pleat trousers with side-adjusters. Cordings Single Breasted Suits have the same sleek lines and quality performance detailing required for all missions. It’s the perfect choice for those seeking this pared-back English tailored look, recently revived for the modern day by Daniel Craig’s Bond, albeit cut a little tighter and shorter.

Craig’s suits are the work of American designer Tom Ford but they are still unmistakably English leaning in cut and detail (those handy side-adjusters on the trousers once again). In fact, he has been spotted filming No Time To Die wearing a similar natty two-piece two-button suit with a white poplin shirt, a neat go-anywhere navy tie, and (also emulating Connery’s look) a white square-folded pocket hank.

JAMES BOND SUITS / THE SUMMER SUIT

Photos of filming of No Time To Die also show Daniel Craig roughed up and dusty in a light but sturdy linen suit. In a heavy but supple Italian linen, Cordings Sand Linen Jacket and matching trousers and waistcoat will keep aspiring Bonds cool, calm and unruffled in a crisis.

For an extra-sturdy alternative, try Cordings Livingstone Jacket, the perfect weight for the hotter months whether at home or on missions in far-flung corners of the globe. Wear with Cordings Cornflower Blue Vintage Linen Shirt, timeless and comfortable with a traditional generous cut for ease of movement, and Cordings Blue Sky Boxcloth Braces.

THE JAMES BOND TWEED JACKET

Blazers and tweed sports jackets appear in many Bond scenes, often accessorised with a 12 bore or thoroughbred. Barleycorn and Herringbone semi plain cloths were worn with panache by both Connery and Moore, paired with flannel trousers and the ubiquitous plain knitted or Shetland tie. Our seasonal tweed jackets are all up to the job; team with either a moleskin or matching tweed trouser in pared down colours for a muted yet stylish town to country via high speed chase look.

MOORE MADE THIS SUMMER CLASSIC HIS OWN – OUR KALAHARI JACKET IS PERFECT TEAMED WITH A LINEN SHIRT

THE JAMES BOND SAFARI JACKET

Roger Moore made this style his own, carrying off this summer classic with élan in Live and Let Die and The Man With The Golden Gun. Safari jackets are on trend; wear sleeves rolled up with an open neck linen shirt and twill jeans for a rugged explorer look, perfect for pursuing villains across the desert on a motorbike. Our new Kalahari Jacket, in two colours fits the bill, made in a sturdy Lancastrian cotton, it will age beautifully with wear and possibly the odd tear.

UNIQUELY TIMELESS NECKWEAR – THE PLAIN KNITTED TIE. CHOOSE FROM EITHER SILK OR WOOL VERSIONS

THE JAMES BOND TIE

Ian Fleming specified for his hero knitted silk ties in a solid colour, and all the screen Bonds have worn dark simple solid ties with their suits. Released stills from No Time To Die reveal that the dark tie is still very much part of 007’s sartorial mission. With its narrow width and subtle luxe feel with a workmanlike edge, the Cordings Navy Merino Knitted Tie fits the bill.

THE JAMES BOND POLO SHIRT

When it comes to off-duty wear in warmer climes, a polo shirt is essential Bond wear, first sported by Connery and continued now by Craig in styles by Tom Ford. Cordings British Made Branscombe Pique Polo Shirts are perfect – try Sky Blue to channel Sean Connery’s Bond and Black for Daniel Craig.

And finally, Cordings itself played a starring role within the James Bond franchise when Albert Finney, as doughy Scottish gamekeeper Kincade in 2012’s Skyfall, wore the brand’s trousers for a characterful heritage look, tough, smart and understated, much like Bond himself.

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