Thrice delayed by Covid-19, No Time to Die will, at the time of writing at least, hit cinemas on 30 September – administering a much-needed shot in the arm to an industry still struggling to get bums back on seats.
Amid the sheath-slim Tom Ford suits and clumsy product placements, some bona fide brand tie-ups mean that Daniel Craig’s 007 swansong might just be the most stylish James Bond film ever made. These are the hero pieces most worth investing in...
The watch: Omega Seamaster
Omega first appeared in Goldeneye 26 years ago, but the latest watch to grace 007’s wrist is arguably the finest yet. A stripped-down-to-the-basics diving watch you can imagine being worn by real-life field agents, it boasts a ‘tropical’ brown dial with pre-aged, oversized hour markers, as well as a distinctive mesh bracelet. The whole thing is crafted from titanium, making it lightweight but virtually imperishable.
The legacy collection: Orlebar Brown
There’s no word on whether Orlebar Brown will be featured in No Time to Die – its swim shorts were last worn by Craig during the Shanghai rooftop pool scene in Skyfall (2012) – but the British brand has announced another collection harking back to historic Bond films. Key pieces from the capsule look to the Connery days, with a pair of Thunderball shirts being revisited, as well as a linen suit worn by George Lazenby.
Swim shorts, £195, orlebarbrown.com
The suit: Tom Ford
The suits in Spectre were cut so slim they bordered on spivvy. The film stills from No Time to Die look a lot more promising. From mid-grey two-pieces, to Prince of Wales blazers to shawl collar dinner suits, for the fourth consecutive time most of Daniel Craig’s wardrobe will be made-to-measure Tom Ford. Speaking of the partnership, the American designer said: “James Bond epitomises the Tom Ford man in his elegance, style and love of luxury.” The specific suit block Craig’s outfits have been based on is the O’Connor, a slim-fit, two-button style with mid-width notch lapels and flap pockets. Go for grey and wear it like Bond with a plain blue tie and white pocket square.
The luggage: Globe-Trotter
Established in 1897, Globe-Trotter first appeared as Bond’s luggage in 2015’s Spectre, a partnership that’s set to continue for No Time to Die. Last year, the brand released a pair of hard-case designs inspired by those featured in the film. Made from Globe-Trotter’s vulcanised fibreboard in ocean green, they feature subtle Bond touches, such as a 007 branded plaque and luggage tag. It might blow Bond’s cover during check-in, but it works for us.
The sweater: N.Peal
That sweater, the one Craig wears in the original poster, caused quite a stir online. What was Bond doing out of his signature tux? Had 007 joined the cadets? When you consider Bond’s history as a commander in the Royal Navy, though, it makes perfect sense. Made by N.Peal, the jumper’s ribbed construction and canvas patches are militaristic in look and feel, yet stylish enough to be worn to the pub.
The shoes: Crockett & Jones
Daniel Craig was reportedly a client of Crockett & Jones before he became Bond. In No Time to Die, Craig wears the Highbury (as he did in Skyfall and Spectre). A classic shoe in black calf leather complete with a hidden rubber sole, it’s the ideal complement to a suit but with added comfort and grip.
The sunglasses: Barton Perreira
Daniel Craig’s Bond has been known to wear classic-shaped sunglasses over the last few films, which often complement the simplicity of his tailoring. For No Time to Die, things aren’t any different, with these Barton Perreira shades about as classic as they come. A simple, angular design and all-black finish means they can be worn with both smart and casual looks, and the subtle ‘007’ insignia on the temple leaves no guesses as to from where their inspiration is derived.