Four Non Bonds
By Matt Glazebrook, 30 October 2015
We all know James Bond looks great. He looks great in a suit, and he looks great in casualwear. If he's being played Daniel Craig, he even looks great in a pair of speedos. But what of the sartorial heavy hitters who've shared a screen with 007? Here's our pick of the best Bond movie dressers not named James.
Ben Whishaw as Q
In the recent run of films, Ben Whishaw has been the subtly stylish yin to Daniel Craig power suited-and-booted yang. Q's steez is casual, bookish and very nerd-cool – think 50s-style browline glasses, V-neck jumpers worn over shirts and ties and tweed blazers. Best of all is the retro-cosy turtle-neck pullover he sports in Spectre. Snug as.
Geoffrey Holder as Baron Samedi
Roger Moore's 1973 Bond debut also saw the series' first (and the thus far only) exploration of the then-popular Blaxploitation genre. While this makes for some characterisation that seems a little unenlightened today, the clothes are ace. As a Tony Award-winning costume designer himself (as well as an actor, dancer, director and painter) we assume Geoffrey Holder had a lot of fun dressing in villain Baron Samedi's more outlandish ensembles, including the excellent top hat, brolly and floor-length camo number above.
Telly Savalas as Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Über-Bond villain Blofeld has been played by a cornucopia of character actors, but for our money, the most stylish interpretation is Telly Savalas' in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. He rocked the classic Nehru collar like a boss, of course, but his dressed-down vibe was even better – more Camden indie rocker than evil Beatle in his roll neck, skinny-fit trousers and suede Chelsea boots.
Robert Shaw as Red Grant
As the antagonist in arguably the best Bond outing (From Russia with Love), Robert Shaw got to gad about in all manner of strong getups, from dapper woollen suits to a white towel that rivals Daniel Craig's swimming kecks for skimpiness. This sweet 60s pairing of a stripy polo shirt with suede jacket would work as well on a Carnaby Street dandy as an international super-assassin, and Shaw's bleach blonde crop gives it an extra level of badassery.