Daniel Craig’s Bond has brought back many staples from the Sean Connery era, and he will be wearing more homages to Connery in the upcoming Bond film No Time to Die. But there are other relevant items from Connery’s Bond and other past Bonds that he’s neglecting. Here are seven items that Bond should still be wearing today.
001. Grenadine Ties
Bond still wears ties, and it is nice to see that he has returned to the solid tie, a Bond staple. But he’s ignoring one of the most classic Bond ties: the grenadine tie. This classic lacy silk tie has become ubiquitous amongst well-dressed iGents, but with good reason. It’s elegant, it’s sophisticated and it’s easy to wear. Though the grenadine tie can now be found on the High Street at shops like Charles Tyrwhitt, it is still exclusive because very few mills have the antique looms that can weave the silk. All true grenadine silk is top drawer, and it should not be confused with the knitted silk tie, another classic Bond accessory.
The grenadine tie is also a Connery Bond staple that has been absent from the Bond series since Roger Moore last worn one in For Your Eyes Only. It’s much more interesting than the solid ribbed ties that Daniel Craig wears in Spectre and No Time to Die. Daniel Craig finally wore the classically Bondian knitted tie in Spectre, but he still has yet to wear a grenadine tie, the original film-Bond tie. With the revival of the cocktail cuff shirt in the recent Bond films, the grenadine tie belong knotted up in its collar.
002. Frogmouth-Pocket Trousers
Considering the ubiquity of jeans today—even Bond wears them in No Time to Die—it’s a wonder that trousers with frogmouth pockets are not more popular today. Jeans have shaped the idea of trousers today for the younger generations, who often expect their trousers to fit the same way that their modern tight, low-rise jeans fit. The top-access design of the frogmouth pocket, also called a ‘cross pocket or western pocket’, has similarities to the five-pocket style found on jeans, so it would be a natural match for modern trouser.
James Bond first wore frogmouth-pocket trousers in Goldfinger with his hacking jacket, which is a natural pairing since both the hacking jacket and frogmouth pockets come from an equestrian tradition. Connery wore them on occasion as Bond, and they were popular in the 1960s and 1970s. It’s time for them to return.
Edit: Steve in the comments below pointed out that these pockets did appear in Spectre.
The shirt-jacket, also known as a ‘shirt-jac’ or ‘shacket’ is a classic look that is well-suited for today’s casual environments. Bond’s last shirt-jacket was a Teba jacket in Licence to Kill, which is more jacket than it is shirt. Before that, Roger Moore wears a safari shirt-jacket in Octopussy, and he wears it like a shirt. The safari-jacket variant is trendy again today, often without the shoulder straps, and given the appropriate location it would be nice to see Bond wearing it again. The blue Connolly Giubbino jacket in No Time to Die comes close, but a proper shirt-jacket would have been a welcome return for the Matera setting.
Every Bond actor but Daniel Craig has worn a tweed jacket or tweed suit in character. Tweed may seem a bit old-fashioned, but if done in a modern cut and lighter weight it can work, just like the baby corduroy suit in No Time to Die. Bond has become a more rugged suit-wearing character in the Daniel Craig era, and tweed is arguably the most rugged suiting. It’s still a staple for well-dressed men of all ages, and like corduroy it doesn’t have to have a geography teacher look. And maybe geography teachers deserve more credit for their fashion sense.
005. Flannel Suits
Though the grey flannel suit was once an identifier of the middle-class office worker, today a flannel suit is anything but ordinary. Because few men have use for seasonal suits today, the flannel suit is only something a man who wants a fine suit will wear. They’re not commonly available in ready to wear today, so a man usually needs to go out of his way to get one. Today it is a mark of good taste and is fashionable amongst men of all ages who appreciate fine tailoring.
All of the James Bonds apart from Craig have worn flannel suits, mostly in shades of grey. Craig already wears less common suitings, like glen checks and damier checks, and silk and mohair blends. A flannel suit would add more variety to his wardrobe.
006. Double-Breasted Dinner Jackets
A double-breasted jacket isn’t all that practical for Bond, who needs to be able to quickly draw his Walther PPK from a shoulder holster, but the double-breasted dinner jacket is a classic Bond look from the 1970s and 1980s. Craig’s Bond wears double-breasted pea coats and overcoats, so why not a double-breasted dinner jacket?
The fashion industry tries to bring back double-breasted suits every few years, and yet they haven’t been popular since the early 1990s. Bond has the power to make them popular again. Bond’s current suitmaker Tom Ford has created some of the best double-breasted dinner suits worn by actors on the red carpet over the last decade, and many would look perfect on James Bond. It’s time to pay homage to Roger Moore’s classic look in The Spy Who Loved Me.
007. Naval Commander’s Uniform
It may seem a bit campy for Bond today, but the Royal Navy Commander’s Dress Uniform has been an important character-defining outfit for Bond ever since its first appearance in You Only Live Twice. With the modern Bond’s focus on character, this outfit can show us yet another facet of Craig’s Bond.
We’ve already seen a lot of clothes from No Time to Die, but maybe we haven’t seen everything. Could one or more of these items show up in the film?