Browsing All posts tagged under »James Bond«

50 Years of Bond Tuxedos

January 3, 2013

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While writing recently about the James Bond design exhibit and the unorthodox notched lapels featured in Goldfinger I started wondering about Bond tuxedos as a whole.  Curious to see how they evolved over time I rented the entire series on DVD and have produced a timeline that highlights key developments.  For those who are interested […]

Bond’s Goldfinger Notched Lapel

December 30, 2012

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Inspired by an exhibit I attended with my 17-year-old nephew that showcased the design of the James Bond films, I recently rented Goldfinger to show him what the original Bond was all about.  Many notched-lapel dinner jacket apologists point to the appearance of the model in this 1964 movie as a validation of its legitimacy […]

Review: “Designing 007” Exhibit

December 29, 2012

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I recently visited a traveling museum exhibit of James Bond design and it was black tie heaven. The exhibit is called “Designing 007: Fifty Years of James Bond Style” and was produced in collaboration with the film franchise’s production company which provided unprecedented access to their archives.  One room is devoted solely to the evening […]

Daniel Craig at Skyfall Premiere

November 7, 2012

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A number of comments have been made in recent postings about the tuxedo worn by Daniel Craig to the British premiere of Skyfall so I thought I should post a picture for everyone to see what the chatter is about. Mr. Craig is wearing a midnight (navy?) blue evening jacket in place of the usual […]

Skyfall DJ Preview II

September 5, 2012

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A recently released set of posters for Skyfall provides a closer look at Bond’s next dinner suit.  According to GQ.com it is a Tom Ford “O’Connor” tuxedo, the same one Craig wore as Bond in the Olympics opening ceremony (and which Bradley Cooper wore to the most recent Oscars).  It will no doubt be a […]

Bond’s Skyfall Dinner Jacket: Sneak Peek

June 4, 2012

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The trailer for the next James Bond film has just been released and reveals that 007 will once again be donning his trademark formal attire.  Skyfall will be rolled out across the globe starting October 26.  A complete list of release dates can be found at the official web site.

High Rollers: Black Tie & Baccarat

February 5, 2012

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I recently rented In Time, a science-fiction thriller where lifespan is traded like currency and the working class majority are exploited by a privileged elite whose members have become virtually immortal.    The story’s downtrodden protagonist gains access to this upper echelon by joining a high-stakes poker game at a tony casino.  How do we know […]

The Mad Men Tuxedo: Damn Right Your Dad Wore It

November 16, 2011

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(Originally written for MyTuxedoCatalog.com) Much of Mad Men’s success is due to its depiction of late 1950s / early 1960s middle-class lifestyle, a period one writer described as “the last time hip was adult — suits, ties, and tuxedos were hip, and so was the Chivas-Regal-good-life advice of Playboy magazine.” The era’s unique confluence of […]

Being James Bond Part II: The Accompaniments

October 31, 2011

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(originally written for MyTuxedoCatalog.com) Having established what kind of tuxedo will make you look like a secret agent instead of a formal waiter, here is your guide to the proper 007 shirt, necktie, waist covering and footwear. Bond’s CIA counterpart Felix Leiter would likely tell you that the only true tuxedo shirt is the wing […]

Being James Bond Part I: The 007 Tuxedo

October 30, 2011

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(originally written for MyTuxedoCatalog.com) For many men James Bond personifies the ultimate male.  While plenty of action heroes are skilled with fast cars and lethal force, only Bond balances these primal traits with civilized tastes and seductive charm.  Thanks to the iconic depiction of the character sporting a deadly handgun and elegant tuxedo, young men […]

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