Happy 89th birthday to Sean Connery! Connery’s James Bond style is not just influential to fans like us but also to other Bonds. Daniel Craig has paid homage to Sean Connery’s style on numerous occasions, but here are seven of the most significant times that Daniel Craig copied a look of Connery’s.
1. Shawl Collar Dinner Suit: Dr. No → Quantum of Solace
One of the most important outfits, if not the most important outfit, of the James Bond series is the first outfit that we see Bond wearing on screen in Dr. No: Sean Connery’s midnight blue shawl-collar dinner suit made by Anthony Sinclair. This is the outfit that introduces James Bond and ingrains the image of him dressed in black tie. The perfect lines and fit of this suit help make it the special outfit that it is.
For Daniel Craig’s second Bond outing, Quantum of Solace, he wears a closely-inspired dinner suit made by Tom Ford, also in midnight blue with a shawl collar. If that doesn’t sound like anything special, Craig’s suit also copies Connery’s gauntlet cuff (the silk turnback detail on the ends of the sleeves), and Craig also wears a diamond-point bow tie. The influence of Connery’s dinner suit is again seen in last week’s No Time to Die title reveal video when Daniel Craig walks into the frame wearing a shawl-collar dinner suit with gauntlet cuffs. The gauntlet cuffs not only pay homage to Connery but are also a Tom Ford signature look.
2. Grey Glen Check Suit: From Russia with Love → Skyfall and No Time to Die
The grey glen check suit is a staple of Sean Connery’s Bond wardrobe, and he wears it in various weaves, scales and shades. It can be either black and cream or black and grey. Connery wears the black and grey variation in From Russia with Love at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
The black and grey glen check suit reappears in the Daniel Craig Bond films, taking inspiration from Connery in From Russia with Love. In Skyfall he wears it in London with a light blue shirt, a navy tie and a folded pocket square, just like Connery does in From Russia with Love. This look will reappear in No Time to Die, but this time it is with a white shirt instead of blue. But here he even wears sunglasses like Connery.
3. Ivory Dinner Jacket: Goldfinger → Spectre
In Goldfinger, Sean Connery established numerous iconic Bond looks. The first of these is a peaked-lapel ivory dinner jacket from Anthony Sinclair, with a memorable reveal when Bond unzips his dry suit and places a red carnation in his lapel’s buttonhole. Connery just about looks perfect in this outfit, even though the jacket has a very full fit by today’s standards. This outfit set the stage for five future white dinner jackets in the Bond series.
The most recent of Bond’s ivory dinner jackets features in Spectre, which like the jacket in Goldfinger has peaked lapels. Not much else about Craig’s Tom Ford dinner jacket is similar, but Craig adorns it with a red carnation in another nod to Connery.
4. Hacking Jacket: Goldfinger → Spectre
Another of Sean Connery’s iconic outfits from Goldfinger is his brown hacking jacket from Anthony Sinclair that he wears with cavalry twill trousers, knitted tie and suede shoes. The image of Sean Connery leaning against the Aston Martin DB5 in this outfit has made this look memorable. One reason why this outfit is special is the elegant low-contrast combination of a light brown jacket and fawn trousers. The difference in texture and enough contrast in colour helps this outfit to be the perfect jacket and trouser pairing rather than looking like a clashing mismatched-suit look.
Costume designer Jany Temime said she was inspired by this outfit when dressing Daniel Craig for the Morocco scenes in Spectre. Craig’s outfit of a light brown wool/linen/silk jacket with hacking pockets from Brunello Cucinelli and khaki cotton trousers also from Brunello Cucinelli is lighter in both weight and colour, but the brown colour family and low-contrast between the two pieces reminds us of the look in Goldfinger. However, Craig’s outfit does not succeed like Connery’s because there is not enough textural contrast between the jacket and trousers to prevent the mismatched suit look with the low contrast in colours. Like Connery, Craig also wears a brown knitted silk tie and suede footwear—this time tan boots instead of brown shoes—with this outfit.
5. Mohair Suits: Thunderball → Quantum of Solace
Sean Connery’s Bond, being from the 1960s, was a fan of mohair-blend suits. Mohair and wool blends were popular in the 1960s for their modern and flashy sheen and crisp tailoring properties, though the cloth was only popular for about a decade and a half before it fell out of favour. Over the last decade it has seen a resurgence, perhaps due to a renewed popularity in 1960s tailoring styles. Mohair doesn’t just look great; it is also a natural performance fabric that breathes well, is hard-wearing and doesn’t wrinkle easily.
Quantum of Solace‘s costume designer Louise Frogely said of mohair tonic to Adam Tschorn of the Los Angeles Times, “It was extremely popular in the ’60s; all the Mods and all the wannabe Bonds wore it. I’m sure Sean Connery would have worn it at least once.” Connery did wear a few mohair-blend suits in his 1960s Bond films, most notably in Thunderball. The dark brown three-piece suit that he wears to M’s office is one of these suits. Daniel Craig also wears a brown mohair-blend suit as Bond in Quantum of Solace in Bolivia, where the brown colour blends in with the surroundings better than it does in Connery’s London. Like Connery, Craig also matches the brown suit with a brown-toned tie.
Though Connery’s brown suit in Thunderball was not likely a direct inspiration for Craig’s, the 1960s idea of the mohair cloth connects Connery’s and Craig’s elegant looks.
6. Light Blue Swimming Trunks: Thunderball → Casino Royale and Skyfall
Light blue is Bond’s colour choice for swimming trunks as it blends in elegantly with the colour of the sea or a blue-painted pool. Sean Connery wears light blue swimming trunks in From Russia with Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball, and it’s the blue Jantzen belt-looped trunks in Thunderball that are his most memorable. Orlebar Brown have now even recreated them.
Daniel Craig, however, is now the Bond most associated with swimwear, be it because of his muscular build rising out of the sea in Casino Royale or his plumber’s crack in Skyfall. He has continued wearing light blue swimming trunks like Connery has, from La Perla in Casino Royale and from Orlebar Brown in Skyfall. The darker waistband on the Casino Royale swim shorts is visually reminds us of the dark belt on Connery’s swim shorts in Thunderball.
7. Blue Polo: Thunderball → Casino Royale
The dark blue polo shirt is now a Bond staple thanks to Daniel Craig’s Sunspel polo in Casino Royale and, to a lesser extent, the Tom Ford polos in Quantum of Solace and Spectre. It is a versatile casual shirt that looks much more elegant than a t-shirt. But Sean Connery wore a blue polo as Bond first in Thunderball, from Fred Perry, establishing the look that Daniel Craig would later turn into an iconic Bond fashion.
There are others looks from Sean Connery that inspired Daniel Craig, but these are some of my favourite Connery Bond outfits that Craig copied.