No Time to Die finally premieres in London on 28 September 2021 after two years of release delays. It will have theatrical releases on 30 September in the United Kingdom and on 8 October in the United States, with dates varying throughout the rest of the world.
How should a fan dress to watch a James Bond film for the first time? There are a few situational answers, but overall there is no one right answer. Like many of us ask ourselves, how would Bond dress for the event?
If you’re attending the London premiere or another evening premiere event, the only proper way to dress is in black tie. For men, this means a dinner jacket (dinner suit, tuxedo). While you can get by with a dark suit, white shirt and tie for many black tie occasions, that doesn’t cut it for a James Bond premiere. The dinner jacket is Bond’s signature outfit and it would be a severe insult to the character and his sartorial legacy to wear anything other than a dinner jacket to a Bond premiere.
Bond himself would wear a dinner jacket to any premiere, and the Bond actors usually wear a dinner jacket to the world premieres themselves. Often, they wear the same dinner jacket that they wore in the film or in a previous Bond film, though Daniel Craig has shown more variation in his wardrobe.
In most parts of the world, premiere event attendees should wear a black or midnight blue dinner suit. An ivory dinner jacket is only appropriate for events in the tropics or at resorts (or at least in summer weather) and should never be worn in London. A dinner jacket should only be worn in the evening, so if your fancy premiere is during the day you should wear a suit.
Your Local Cinema
It has been six years (properly, less than one month short of six years) since the last Bond film was released, which is second to the almost-six-and-a-half-year gap between Licence to Kill and GoldenEye. The release of No Time to Die is a particularly celebratory event that calls for wearing something celebratory. For many people, seeing a Bond film for the first time on its opening night at the cinema warrants black tie.
While it may not be something that people usually wear to their local cinema, you can wear black tie for any celebratory occasion you want. Cinemas do not have dress codes, so going to see a Bond film can be a black tie affair if you want it to be. Some people may think it’s costume to visit your local cinema in a dinner jacket, but I think it’s only costume if you’re wearing a form of black tie that’s inappropriate for the locale, like wearing an ivory dinner jacket in London.
You could also think about what Bond might wear to his local cinema. He probably wouldn’t wear a dinner jacket, but if he’s on a date he might wear a suit or sports coat. If he’s out with his friends, Daniel Craig’s Bond might wear something as casual as t-shirt and jacket, like the grey t-shirt and brown Armani leather jacket in Casino Royale or the white t-shirt and tan Rogue Territory waxed jacket in No Time to Die.
For non-sartorial people, a Bond-themed graphic t-shirt is just as celebratory as a dinner jacket. It’s not something James Bond would wear, but fans don’t have to dress like James Bond. If you’re not attending a premiere event, which the vast majority of people will not, a t-shirt is perfectly appropriate to wear to the cinema.
Some people are choosing for health reasons during the Covid-19 pandemic to not go out to see No Time To Die in the cinema and are waiting until they ‘can watch it all on TV,’ as Blofeld would say. There are no immediate plans for a No Time to Die home release, but home releases have been coming much more quickly after cinematic releases than they did a few decades ago. If Spectre‘s home release is anything to go by, the wait is likely to be less than four months.
For those who are waiting to watch No Time to Die at home, you can watch it in a dinner jacket, which was originally a garment to wear for dinner at home. A velvet dinner jacket like what Bond wears in Diamonds Are Forever would be a special garment for the occasion. If you’re watching it after a day at the office, you could wear a deconstructed work outfit like Bond’s open-neck shirt and loosened tie like he wears for watching M’s video on his home television in Spectre. Roger Moore’s Bond would likely watch it in his dressing gown at home.