James Bond Style
The James Bond films are some of the most iconic pieces of cinema ever made. With a distinctive style and a die-hard fan base, anticipation for the release of ‘Spectre’ this November is huge. But aside from the stunts, the girls and the cars, what we're really excited about is Bond's impeccable style.
Omega has been the official Bond watch since 1995, when Pierce Brosnan took on the role of 007. Rolex had been author Ian Fleming’s brand of choice prior to this, though the British watchmakers had never paid for any product placement in the films, and so when Omega offered to pay to become the official Bond watch, the films’ producers saw a lucrative opportunity. Bond has worn a variation of the Omega Seamaster since 'GoldenEye'.
A standard in robust, quality craftsmanship, Omega was a perfect match for the nation’s favourite spy. The watch is the finishing touch to 007's chic ensembles - here we take a look at some of Bond's classic looks and how you can recreate them.
The tuxedo is the quintessential Bond style: whether it's a casino in Montenegro, a grand hotel in the Bahamas or the Orient Express, 007 finds himself chasing bad guys in all manner of formal settings.
The midnight blue tuxedo Daniel Craig wore in 'Skyfall' made waves in fashion circles by breaking from a traditional black colour way. Made by Tom Ford (as were all the suits in 'Skyfall ‘and the upcoming Spectre) the tux had the luxurious quality and deft detailing Ford’s tailoring is renowned for.
The tuxedo has a close, slightly too short, fit keeping with current fashions. It’s a traditional one button jacket with a shawl collar and black satin silk facing which is also used for the buttons and pocket jettings. Ford opted for a non-traditional single vent, usually associated with sporty as opposed to formal jackets.
In ‘Skyfall’ Bond wears the Omega Seamaster Planet OceanThe chunky design of Omega’s watches is thought by keen eyed fans of the Bond films to be befitting of the darker, masculine phase Craig brings to the role.
Speculation about Bond’s formal dress in the upcoming ‘Spectre’ suggests Tom Ford will again be designing the spy’s tailoring. The new suit is rumoured to be a three piece herringbone design, “It’s made in Ford’s well-known style: a two button jacket with wide peaked lapels and strong pagoda shoulders with roped sleeveheads. The shoulders are similar to the ‘Quantum of Solace’ suits’ shoulders” comments popular Bond blog, The Suits of James Bond.
The new film sees Bond sporting the limited edition Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra. The design was inspired by the Bond family coat of arms and features a striking 41.5mm oscillating weight, shaped to look like the barrel of a gun.
Bond’s casual style is equally as chic as his formal dress. For ‘Casino Royale’ costume designer Lindy Hemming teamed up with British label Sunspel to create a series of luxury basics. Lindy said of the partnership, “With Daniel Craig as the new Bond I thought it would be a perfect collaboration of quality and Britishness.”
Bond wears the Sunspel Rivera Polo in navy blue and the Rivera V-neck T-shirt in white. Both garments feature shortened arms and are cut for a close, slimming fit to create a masculine silhouette.
007 teams his dress-down tops with classic pale chinos and one of two limited edition Omega watches which were designed for the film: the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean and the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m.
With a stainless steel bracelet lacquered blue or black dial, skeletonised white hour and minute hands and red central chronograph hand the Omega Seamaster Diver 300m is as stylish as it is durable - another classic to add the spy’s wardrobe
Bond’s casual look in ‘Skyfall’ is in keeping with the rural setting of the film’s finale. Pairing a Barbour X to Ki jacket with a crew neck N Peal cashmere sweater in blue wave and a shotgun, Bond is every inch the country gentleman.
The first teaser clips from ‘Spectre’ suggest Bond is heading back to the slopes for the first time in the Daniel Craig era, with filming taking place in Sölden, Austria.
In his prior visits to cold climates, Pierce Brosnan’s Bond teamed a Ballantyne grey cashmere sweater with the Omega Seamaster Professional during his trip to Graves’ ice palace. The watch is available with either a striking blue bezel or the black face Bond opts for with a chunky stainless steel bracelet.
Daniel Craig’s Bond is synonymous with that beach scene: as he walks out of the ocean in ‘Casino Royale’, Bond is wearing the ‘Grigioperla’ blue swimming shorts by La Perla and the waterproof Omega Seamaster Diver 300m. Such was the impact of the scene that the La Perla shorts are no longer available, except as a rare E-Bay find. You can, however, still purchase the spy’s suave Omega wrist-wear from Ernest Jones, a classic design from the prestigious watchmakers, the Seamaster Diver 300m makes a stylish statement on any gent’s arm.Which is your favourite Bond watch and look? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.