For press events surrounding the release of No Time to Die, Daniel Craig has been wearing tailored clothes from a variety of brands, including his James Bond-series clothier Tom Ford, Brunello Cucinelli and Savile Row tailors Richard James, Henry Poole and Anderson & Sheppard.
On 6 October 2021, Daniel Craig was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame outside 7007 Hollywood Boulevard near Roger Moore’s star. For the occasion he wore a bespoke double-breasted two piece suit in sky blue cotton made by legendary Savile Row tailor Anderson & Sheppard. Anderson & Sheppard are now located in Old Burlington Street, which is a block from Savile Row, but their heritage and nearby location still allows them to be called a Savile Row tailor. Senior Coat Cutter at Anderson & Sheppard Leon Powell cut the suit.
Anderson & Sheppard also made the pink velvet double-breasted dinner jacket that Craig wore to the No Time to Die premiere. The suit jacket here looks similar, but it lacks the standard top row of buttons. While the pink dinner jacket was very controversial, particularly for a James Bond premiere, the sky blue suit has been met with almost universal praise. It’s a strong look, but it combines Daniel Craig’s love for double-breasted suits with something that James Bond might wear. Though this suit does not immediately bring James Bond to mind, George Lazenby’s Bond wears a sky blue suit in Portugal in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service when picking out a wedding ring. Roger Moore wears a cool grey silk suit in The Man with the Golden Gun when meeting Andrea Anders that has a similar look. Roger Moore also wears a three-piece suit in this sky blue colour in The Saint.
The suit’s fabric was made by Scabal, a Belgian textile company that weaves most of its cloths in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK. It’s one of the world’s premiere fabric suppliers, and Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig both wear Brioni suits made of Scabal cloths in the role as James Bond. Craig’s suit for the Hollywood event is a 9-ounce sky-blue denim-effect cotton, Scabal number 501305.
It’s a good medium-weight suit for moderate weather, though Los Angeles’ weather in autumn can be perfect for almost any kind of suit. This Scabal cloth is woven in a 3×1 twill weave like denim or drill. Cotton makes for a very informal suit, whether it’s lightweight cotton poplin in summer or heavy corduroy in winter. Being double-breasted does not raise the formality of this suit, as it is the fabric that primarily determines how dressy a suit is. Though Craig was not the most formally dressed at the event, he looks confident and comfortable in this suit, and the colour helps him stand out. However, sky blue makes this suit more of a daytime suit, so it is not the ideal choice for this evening event.
The double-breasted suit jacket has button two, show two front, which lacks the top row of show buttons typically found on a double-breasted jacket. The peak lapels are a medium-wide width and have a buttonhole on each side, per English tradition to match the lapels buttonholes to the buttonholes on each side at the jacket’s waist. The jacket has a long lapel thanks to a very high gorge—the seam where the collar meets the lapel. Rather than being in the upper chest, the gorge is up in the shoulder area. Since Craig is of average height, this helps him look a bit taller. The button stance is just slightly high, so while the high button stance elongates Craig’s lower half, the high gorge give his upper half as much length as possible.
The shoulders are soft with gently roped sleeve heads. The jacket is detailed with double vents, four buttons on the cuffs—the second button on his right cuff was dangling by a thread—and two open patch pockets on the hips. The patch pockets match the informal nature of a cotton suit. Smoke mother of pearl buttons give the suit a luxurious but elegant touch.
The jacket has a close fit, but fit doesn’t look perfect for a few reasons. Daniel Craig’s body changes over short periods of time, and the close fit is less forgiving to that. Craig’s biceps were probably a bit smaller when he had his fitting for the suit. But more than that, cotton does not have the best draping properties, which means that the shape of the suit doesn’t fall back into place as easily as with wool after moving around. And if Daniel Craig isn’t standing exactly the right way, it isn’t going to look perfect.
Cotton does not play so well with Craig’s preference for a close fit, and a little more fullness would have helped the jacket look neater. If Craig had buttoned the jacket at the bottom row instead of at the top (à la the Duke of Windsor), he’d have enough room in the waist.
The flat front suit trousers have straight tops, straight side pockets, a rear hip pocket on the right, a cross over band and plain hems. The leg is narrow but not tight and sits with a full break over the shoe.
@whatsdanielwearing on Instagram identified his shirt as Budd, his tie as Charvet, his pocket square as Turnbull & Asser, his shoes as the Crockett & Jones ‘Pembroke’ in black cavalry calf and his sunglasses as the Vuarnet Legend 06 from No Time to Die. Craig was styled by George Cortina. The look is mostly representing the best of British brands; France’s Charvet and Vuarnet are fine exceptions.
The white shirt from Budd Shirtmakers is made from Swiss Soyella Egypitain cotton with a luxurious 170 thread count, and it has a point collar and double cuffs. Craig wears the collar without stays to give it a more relaxed look that goes nicely with the casual cotton suit. The cufflinks appear to be inlaid mother of pearl.
The Charvet tie is solid navy, and the Turnbull & Asser pocket square matches in solid navy. The tie and pocket square give off the effect of the dreaded matching set, even though they are not exactly the same. It would have been nice for either the tie or the pocket square to have a pattern to it, like a pindot, to prevent it looking like they came from a set.
The shoes are the Crockett & Jones ‘Pembroke’, which is full-brogue (wingtip) derby. The shoes have a sporty style that pairs perfectly with the rather informal suit.