Welcome to Men’s Fashion Icon a blog post series where we highlight men who have left their mark on the Men’s fashion timeline.
For the first post we are going to take a look at one of my personal favorite style icons. James Bond. The character James Bond originates from 1953 the year when author Ian Fleming published his book Casino Royale. This was the first book starring Ian Fleming’s James Bond British spy character. A character who over the years has come out in over a dozen novels, several comic books, and twenty-four movies.
The character is not an easy one to dislike. Admit it, if you’re a man, you’ve thought about how cool it would be to spend a day in the shoes of James Bond himself. He gets to drive the nicest of cars, travels all over the world, talks with many beautiful women, and has some of the most creative spy gadgets. Seriously, who wouldn’t enjoy driving a car with a lovely red-head sharing a glass of champagne from your car’s built in cooler. Sounds sweet to me.
Now the cars and the ladies are nice but for the purposes of this blog we are going to focus on the clothing that James Bond wears. It was in the 1960s when James Bond jumped from the novel to the movie screen. The first actor to portray James Bond was Sean Connery. Over the many years and movies different actors have portrayed James Bond each with their own unique characteristics and personalities but one thing has remained the same, the James Bond style.
Now, each James Bond actor wears the style designs of their decade but the overall outfit pieces and accessories are generally the same. We will now go over the iconic clothing choices that are a staple to the James Bond character. The James Bond suit/tuxedo, his watch, his gun, and for fun his drink of choice.
James Bond has always worn a two piece suit. A suit jacket and suit pants. The Jacket is always two buttoned. In the above photo actor Daniel Craig, who is the current James Bond, is wearing a Tom Ford navy suit with notched lapels, a chest pocket and single vented hem.
There are many different suit colors and designs that James Bond has worn but his tuxedo has generally been the same from movie to movie. When it comes to tuxedos James Bond wears a black, peak lapel single-breasted jacket with a bow tie. If it is not the iconic black jacket Bond also wears a midnight blue shawl collar jacket with gauntlet cuffs.
The next item that is iconic to James Bond is the watch. James Bond has two iconic watch brands that he wears a Rolex Submariner and a Omega Seamaster. The Rolex Submariner watches were worn by Bond in the films up until the 1990s as Omegas Seamasters became Bond’s watch of choice.
It is important to call out that both the Rolex watch and the Omega watches are one and the same style of watch. They are diving watches and this style is important to James Bond’s character as his origin story is being part of the British Navy.
Clothes and watches are not the only items that James Bond carries around with him. The weapon, or handgun, he carries with him is equally part of his style. The gun brand of choice that Bond carries is a Walther PPK. This hand gun is easy to conceal and has medium stopping power. It is a gun that has been issued for many years to European military police personnel. A perfect fit for Bond’s character.
Last but not least. The last style choice that makes James Bond the iconic character that he is, is his drink of choice. His iconic drink is a martini but not just any martini, no James Bond invented his own drink called the Vesper Martini. The drink appeared in the first James Bond novel Casino Royale, the drink named after first Bond femme fatale Vesper Lynd. The iconic quote from the book is “three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large slice of lemon-peel. Got it?.”
This wraps it up for today’s Men’s Fashion Icon blog post. Stay tuned as more are on the way.