In the history of cinema, no wardrobe has ever been paid as much attention as James Bond’s. Each of the six actors who have played Bond since 1962 – seven if you include David Niven’s comic turn in the original Casino Royale – has become a global style icon and, from their swimming shorts to their cocktail cuffs, have given generations of men a licence to up their own sartorial game.
Even before the long-delayed release of No Time To Die, the 25th official Bond film, the online Bond Community, as it styles itself, has been discussing the latest 007 looks, from Tom Ford tuxedos to his Omega Seamaster and wholecut Crockett & Jones Oxfords. Indeed, Matt Spaiser, one of the Community’s leading lights and co-author of Bond style guide From Tailors With Love, was already sporting the dove-grey Albert Thurston braces Daniel Craig wears in the film, four months before its premiere.
While the world’s most famous spy would never not appear in full dinner suit in the course of a film, it was Daniel Craig who revolutionised the Bond look in 2006. When he took over from Pierce Brosnan with Casino Royale, Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming – who had been in charge of Bond’s wardrobe since 1995’s GoldenEye – was charged with reinventing 007 without compromising his heritage. And perhaps the single most famous piece that epitomised this new, more casual, sporty and rugged look was the Sunspel Riviera Polo Shirt.