Happy 52nd birthday to Daniel Craig!
In 2005 Daniel Craig performed his screen test for the role of James Bond, which was the scene in From Russia with Love where Bond encounters Tatiana Romanova in his hotel bed. This has been the standard audition for all James Bond actors.
A key part of this screen test is being half-dressed in black tie, though usually the auditioning actor leaves his shirt on; Craig removed his. Craig’s physical appearance is much different in this screen test than he is in Casino Royale. He leaner but still looks fit. His hair is considerably longer, giving him a more classic Bond look, but his hair doesn’t quite have the volume to pull it off like Pierce Brosnan did.
The only items of his outfit that we can see in the screen test are black dinner suit trousers and black shoes. The trousers have a flat front and a traditional cut with gently tapered legs. The waistband is trimmed in silk, signifying the trousers as being from a dinner suit when there’s little else to go by from this photo. They likely have a silk stripe down each leg, but the sides of the trousers are not visible in this photo. The hem is plain with a half break.
The maker of the trousers—and the dinner suit they are a part of—is unknown, but they could possibly be from Brioni as Brioni still had a relationship with the Bond series during this time.
The black calf shoes are either derby shoes or monk shoes; it is difficult to tell from this photo. They have a chiselled toe, which likely signifies that they are English in origin.
When Daniel Craig was announced as James Bond on 14 October 2005, a close-up photo of him in the quintessential Bond dinner suit was also released to help convince the public of his suitability for the role. This photo was likely taken at the same time as his screen test and shows his top half fully dressed in a black dinner jacket. If the gun and watch can be identified as the same as in the screen test, it could further signify that the photo of a dressed Daniel Craig was taken at the same time as his screen test and consists of the rest of the outfit in addition to the trousers.
His dinner jacket is a high-quality piece, and this further suggests that it is from Brioni. The black dinner jacket is very similar to what Craig wears in Casino Royale. It has grosgrain-silk-trimmed peaked lapels, and in the close-up photo it is easy to see the handsewn Milanese lapel buttonhole.
The dress shirt is likely from Turnbull & Asser and is made of a white cotton twill. It has a spread collar that could possibly be the Classic Turnbull & Asser collar. The front is pleated and has white mother-of-pearl buttons down the placket. The shirt’s cuffs appear to be barrel instead of double cuffs as they aren’t “kissing”, but the double cuffs may have been fastened in a barrel manner so cufflinks wouldn’t be front and centre in the photo.
Craig’s bow tie is black satin instead of grosgrain, and its thickness is reminiscent of Turnbull & Asser’s hefty bow ties, meaning it could be from them.
Everything considered, the outfit that Daniel Craig wears in this photo makes for an especially Bondian introduction.