James Bond is probably the best known spy in the world and someone almost every guy wants to be. With the launch of the latest James Bond movie Spectre on October 26th, I thought I would put together a guide to help you become 007 for the day and live life-like only James knows how to. No spying involved and you might not even have to leave the sofa.
Get The Look
The Signature Suit
When you think of Bond you probably think of a classic suit. In the new movie Spectre, James wears two different suits. First up there is the dark navy sharkskin suit, which is teamed with a crisp double chuffed white shirt and matching dark navy tie. As you might expect from a Tom Ford suit it’s beautifully cut, tailored to perfection and hand crafted in Italy.
Later in the movie whilst in Morocco, James wears a light brown blended linen blazer and teams with slightly lighter brown trousers, this more casual look is great worn open without a tie or in classic Bond style worn with a matching solid colour tie. If you are a fairer Bond like Daniel Craig go for a slightly lighter brown suit or blazer, if you are a darker more traditional Bond a darker brown will work well for you. Head to Tom Ford in Knightsbridge to replicate the suits, or if you don’t quite have the same budget as Mr Bond then get the look from a simple click online. Here a few suggestions.
James Bond’s shoes have always been something to admire and in Spectre it is no different. If you are a fan of the Bond shoes to team with the sharp new suit, then you can check out the range from British brand Crockett and Jones, who have supplied the shoes for Spectre. Styles include; Camberley in black calf, Alex in black calf, Northcote in black wax calf, Norwich in black calf, Radnor in black calf and Swansea in dark brown suede. All styles are available from Crockett & Jones retail shops in London, Birmingham, New York, Paris and Brussels
The Clean Shave
In my opinion, Daniel Craig has been the best Bond and has brought the Bond style back to the classic short, back and side look. Daniel keeps the top short with a lot of texture and has the side short and blended in. Unlike me however James is always cleanly shaven and as a representative of the Queen you would not expect anything less. To get the Bond look and experience, I suggest paying a visit to Gentlemen’s Tonic.
If you prefer to get the look at home then Braun has just the shaver to help you achieve the perfect cleanly shaved look, aptly named the Braun Cruzer Clean Shave. The cordless clean shave has sensofoil that ensures a close and smooth shave and also has precision trimming settings if you do prefer the bond villain look. Now if the villain look is more for you, the new Braun range also has a Cruzer 6 Precision that is perfect if you want to style your sideburns or want to get creative with your beard. It’s small and lightweight and has washable heads and combs.
What To Drink
James Bond loves his Martini’s, so head to Duke’s bar in St James, which is not only frequented by the author of James Bond, Ian Fleming but is also said to be the inspiration behind ‘shaken, not stirred.’
Alternatively sit at home and enjoy one of the exclusive collector’s editions for Spectre. Go for the Belvedere Vodka Spectre or the classic Bollinger Spectre Champagne. Bollinger is featured in Spectre and it’s the 14th appearance in Bond for Bollinger. This bottle is from the 2009 vintage and if you are a champagne connoisseur (or would like to be) its 68% Pinot Noir and 32% Chardonnay meaning it’s best served really cold, flavours of candied fruit, plum and honey.
Visit the London Film Museum where ‘Bond in Motion’ has the largest official collection of James Bond vehicles, including some of the vehicles used in Spectre. For true James Bond fans there is Goldfinger’s majestic Rolls-Royce Phantom III and the unforgettable Lotus Esprit S1 submersible from The Spy Who Loved Me.
If you feel like having the true Bond experience why not look to go on a driving day and drive some of the iconic Aston Martin’s. The DB5 would be the real Bond fan choice but the DB9 is the most popular and available to hire. Unfortunately the new Aston Martin DB10 was made specifically for the new movie, however if you have a spare £28,000, then you can buy a 1/3 scale model of the DB5 which was featured in Skyfall.
Image Credits: Tom Ford, The Telegraph
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