We’ve already drawn some inspiration from the Bonds of Connery, Lazenby and Moore in our first post in this series (you can read it here). Now we turn to Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig for part two of our James Bond Holiday Party Style Guide!
Is it safe to say very few people would expect Dalton’s Bond to be the life of the party? The actor crafted his characterization to align closely with Fleming’s original creation, and that Bond wasn’t exactly known his gregarious, fun loving nature. So if you’re looking for cold weather style tips from The Living Daylights or License to Kill, my advice is keep it simple and practical. And dark. It may not be the most lively get up, but you will stay warm, dry and ready for action. A fact you’ll truly appreciate when you leave the party early to take a drive alone in the Aston Martin. No doubt you’ll need to do something to unwind after an hour and a half of making pointless small talk with strangers.
What to wear
Jacket: Marc New York Brimfield Lightweigth Calf Leather Field Jacket, $399.99
Sweater: Everlane Ribbed Wool Cashmere Crew Sweater in Black Melange, $98.00
Shirt: Saks 5th Avenue Slim-Fit Woven Dress Shirt in Light Blue, on sale for $39.99
Jeans: Levi’s 511 Slim Fit Jeans in Black Stretch, $34.90 to $69.50
Boots: Herring Churchstow Norwegian Boot in Black Grain, $252.00
Watch: Grovana 1571.2137 Diver, $446.00
Belt: Canvas Web Belt, $8.99
Gloves: Warmen Texting Touchscreen Sheepskin Leather Gloves in Black, $29.99
Gift for host(ess): Lillies
If any of the Bonds is going to get dressed to the nines and head out for a black tie holiday party, it’s Brosnan’s 007. Sure he stooped to wearing some less formal attire once and a while. But he always looked significantly more comfortable in a suit and tie. Seriously, this is a man who decided an ascot was appropriate neckwear for a nice drive in the mountains. Now about the options below. Yes, we’ve gone for some more expensive choices for Brosnan’s look. But they are all classic styles that should last a long time. Could be worth the investment if you see many a formal event in your future? As for the gift for the host. This Bond will bring the makings for a good vodka martini. Because everyone should drink vodka martinis.
What to wear
Coat: PS by Paul Smith Classic Single Breasted Wool Coat in Black, on sale for $691.00
Dinner Suit: Z Zegna Midnight Blue Peak Lapel Dinner Suit, on sale for €647.95
Shirt: Reiss LLoris Bib Front Cotton Shirt, on sale for $90.00
Shoes: Florsheim Kingston in Black Patent Leather, $140.00
Tie: The Tie Bar Solid Satin Bowtie, $19.00
Watch: Orient Ray 2 FAA02005D9 Automatic Diver, on sale for $189.00
Cufflinks: Gagliardi 100% Rhodium Black Surface Cufflinks, £24.00
Gift for host: Absolut Vodka, Noilly Prat vermouth, and Viski Professional Heavyweight Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker ($29.50)
When it comes to socializing at this time of year, Craig’s Bond is a hard one to pin down. On the one hand, he clearly stated that he’s always hated his ancestral home, the name of which causes him obvious discomfort. Could holiday gatherings, with their emphasis on hearth and home, create similar emotional discomfort? Are they then best avoided? On the other hand, this 007 seems more at ease with his co-workers than any other Bond since Connery’s. Whether he likes it or not, MI:6 is his home. And, despite his stint enjoying death, Craig’s Bond really is driven by loyalty, duty and tradition. Plus, if his extensive wardrobe is anything to go by, he clearly likes to shop. So I envision this Bond dressing comfortably to browse some of London’s finer stores, picking up gifts for Moneypenny, Tanner and Q. These will be delivered, of course. Dropping them off in person is too sentimental. Then back to the apartment for a quiet night alone with a bottle of his favorite single malt and his thoughts.
What to wear
Jacket: Vedoneire Vintage Wax Blazer in Brown, £129.95
Sweater: Reiss Colmar Cable Rollneck Jumper in Grey, $180.00
Jeans: Levi’s 513 Slim Straight Jeans in Bastion, $16.89 to $69.50
Boots: Florsheim Kilbourn Wing Tip Boots, on sale for $89.90
Belt: Stafford Leather Braided Belt in Brown, on sale for $21.99
Watch: Seiko 5 SNZH55 Dive Watch, $136.00