James Bond: casual style icon
By Matt Glazebrook, 25 October 2015
It's no secret that James Bond is an international icon of style as well an international man of mystery. Whenever and wherever British cinematic cool is thought of, the image of a suavely coiffed chap, karate chopping henchmen while clad in immaculate evening wear, can't be far behind. Which is all very well, but what can 007 offer us in terms of more day-to-day fashion inspiration? Turns out, quite a lot.
With Daniel Craig making his fourth outing as Mr Bond in Spectre and approaching the effective casual Friday of his super-spy working week, we decided to take a look at some classic off-duty looks from the character's history.
Sean Connery in From Russia With Love (1963)
'Hello?... Yes, this is Bond... No, I'm just relaxing by a river in a pair of powder blue shorts. Yes, they are very short, but I've combined them with a smart, blue, checked shirt to preserve my suave super-spy dignity. Why thank you very much, yes I do look good.'
George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Poor George 'one film' Lazenby. Never getting his due for his turn in the actually pretty excellent On Her Majesty's Secret Service. How many other Bonds could convey this air of pensive melancholy while clad in such a brilliant plaid wool coat? We'd be grinning like an idiot.
Roger Moore in Live And Let Die (1973)
Arguably the Bond most at home in a full tux, Roger Moore's stiff upper lip and faintly arched eyebrow also paired themselves with some fine casualwear over the years. Not least this rather bohemian black polo neck and pastel blue denim jacket combo.
Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights (1987)
Off-duty didn't mean off his tailoring game for Bond in the 80s. Timothy Dalton's blue slacks, white shirt and magnificent black overcoat ensemble evoked the classic Paul Smith collections of the era and was tailor-made for leaning nonchalantly against trams in middle European cities.
Daniel Craig in Quantum Of Solace (2008)
'Hello?... Yes, this is Bond... No, I'm just hanging out in the hallway in jeans, a polo shirt and a Harrington jacket. Yes, it is a bit weird for James Bond to be wearing jeans, but the whole outfit is in complementing shades of quite serious midnight blue, so it retains a certain comfy gravitas.'