The Spy who Dressed like Me

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The Spectre of a new James Bond film looming is always a signal for the mild-mannered average man to imagine himself as the most famous spy in the world. So if you fancy making yourself the next 007 here’s how to dress for success and become a James Bond that’s suave and sophisticated - and certainly not an Odd Job.
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Tuxedo/Suit

The first point of call, and the most important advice is to get a tuxedo or suit that fits well.

If this means going to a suit shop and getting measured, and spending a little more, then do it, because you’ll soon confine an ill-fitting garment to the back of the wardrobe. If buying online, obtain all measurements from the seller before deciding on buying.
 
Black or very dark blue are steady colour choices, and less likely to incur the wrath of red wine in a scuffle with a heavy. Indeed, the last Bond to wear a white tux before Craig was actually Roger Moore in View to a Kill.

So go with a black jacket in a good-quality superfine wool if possible, and matching bow tie, with simple white shirt (buttons or black studs) and trousers. The jacket should bring in the waist and accentuate shoulders, so start pumping iron. 

Waistcoats are rare but not unheard-of, as Brosnan wore one several times in Goldeneye. The cummerbund should be plain to blend the trousers and shirt.
Add a white pocket handkerchief for the finish.
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Shoes

The current Bond suppliers are Crockett and Jones of Northampton, with four shoe styles in black (calf and nubuck) and dark brown scotch grain. The latter, for example, references Bond’s time in the Highlands in Skyfall.

Look after them when attending an event at the Chinese embassy or within a Pacific Island silo – take cleaner and polish with you if necessary. 
The Seamaster has always been Bond's watch of choice
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Watch

There’s no room for cheap plastic on the Bond wrist, unless you’re also planning to go snorkelling a la Sean Connery in Thunderball.  

The Omega Seamaster has been Bond’s watch for two decades, and prides itself on its resistance to magnetic fields and use in water – although it probably won’t come with detonator pin and laser.
 
For 2015 the Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M limited edition boasts a blue dial inspired by the Bond family coat of arms.
Tom Ford sunglasses are a favourite of Craig's Bond
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Sunglasses

As Bond has changed appearance and actor through the ages, so has his choice of sunglasses.

Moore went for more with larger Bognor 7003 sunglasses in View to a Kill, but in the intervening decades the glasses have evolved into angular  wraparounds, with the odd exception (notably the Tom Ford sunglasses in Quantum of Solace and Spectre).
 
Probably his most desirable sunglasses are the blue versions in The World is not Enough – but don’t expect their X-ray capabilities.
Plain white t-shirts have never looked better than on Bond
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Casual

Bond does casual in style - more style than most of us could possibly imagine.

 There’s a similar set of rules running through his wardrobe from Dr No through to Spectre:
 



  • T-shirts, in plain colours (definitely no patterns), and not tucked-in. Navy blue polo shirts are a favourite of Craig’s Bond.
  • Roll-neck jumpers, in beige or black, are often accompanied by a plain jacket.
  • He virtually never wears red, green or yellow. Blue is usually dark, except for Speedos.
  • He wears a striped short-sleeved shirt in Thunderball in a delicate white and blue, coupled with cream linen trousers and brown leather sandals. Yes, really, although it’s Connery - so it looks great.
  • Finally, don’t rule out plain, dark cardigans – it might sound like something your granddad would wear, but Bond rocks in dark blue/black with a plain white T.
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