The James Bond Franchise, spanning a period of close to six decades, has not only served us witty one-liners, but it has also been a trailblazer in showcasing some of the most impeccable style moments in cinema.
007’s finest style moments go far beyond impeccably cut suits and beautifully crafted timepieces. A secret agent who doesn’t just dress to kill but to slay, James Bond has been portrayed by various actors across 25 films. As we move from Dr No in 1962 to the newly-released No Time to Die, the cars get swankier, the women get more stunning, the gadgets and guns get better and 007s' wardrobe becomes sharper, well-cut and more impeccably stylish. Here’s a list of our favourite actors to portray James Bond, and the exact fashion moments that made them swoon-worthy.
The first actor to portray James Bond, Sean Connery appeared in seven movies under the franchise. Being the first, he has also etched many memories of ‘firsts’ in history. Through Sean Connery, we glimpsed our first ever visual of 007 in a dinner jacket in the movie Dr No— A midnight-blue jacket tailored to perfection with shawl lapels. He also sported the perfect laidback look, donning a knit, blue polo with almost-matching cotton trousers, bearing testament to the fact that James Bond can look suave in more than just a dinner jacket. Then, there was the iconic three-piece suit worn by him in Goldfinger—grey at first sight, but actually a grey and white plaid. Either way, we can’t decide which look we love best.
Though he didn't play Bond for too long, George Lazenby brought us the first visual of 007 in a suit that wasn’t a shade of black, blue or grey. A look which is definitely one for the books, Lazenby in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was seen looking dapper in a cream linen number, paired with a pink shirt, navy knit tie and matching cream monk-strap shoes for maximum impact.
Along with the guns and gadgets (and of course the Bond girls), the off-white dinner jacket made many appearances in Bond movies over the years, almost six if we have counted it right. But it was Roger Moore who started the trend, wearing a brilliant Cyril Castle double-breasted silk jacket in The Man With The Golden Gun. During his long stint as 007, he sported contrasting suit-and-jacket combinations on countless occasions, a look that remains as stylish today as when he first debuted it.
Though a black roll-neck was a Bond wardrobe staple throughout the years, nobody wore it quite like Pierce Brosnan who complimented it with his glorious smile. There’s a good reason why he’s our personal favourite 007. Pierce looked so good in a tuxedo throughout the movies that the producers included a clause in his contract which strictly prohibited him from wearing a tuxedo in any other film. Now that's something!
The first glimpse of Daniel Craig as 007 in Casino Royale was an unforgettable visual of him wearing a pair of blue swim shorts, skimpy ones at that! Our current Bond has served up some impeccable fashion on various instances- be it his gilet & hike boots in Spectre or jeans & t-shirt in Casino Royale. The suave Daniel Craig wears formals with much finesse as well. Case in point, his impeccably tailored Tom Ford suit in Skyfall.