Poker at The One&Only Ocean Club in Casino Royale

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Thanks to the people at ajb007.co.uk, there is a lot of information on this casual outfit that James Bond wears for poker at the One&Only Ocean club in the Bahamas in Casino Royale, particularly the shirt. Here’s where most of the following information comes from:

http://www.ajb007.co.uk/topic/28551/ocean-club-shirt/
http://www.ajb007.co.uk/topic/30901/the-alfani-shirt/
http://www.ajb007.co.uk/topic/33642/cr-bahamas-casino-shirt-color/
http://www.ajb007.co.uk/topic/36237/casino-royale-beach-club-trousers/

This shirt has very interesting origins. It was originally a hidden-button-down shirt from the Macy’s house brand Alfani and later altered into a much different style. The collar buttons and hidden tabs were removed so the collar could be worn spread open like a camp collar, and the shirt tails were straightened into a straight hem with short side vents. The reason I would guess for choosing a hidden-button-down shirt as opposed to a shirt with a regular collar is because this kind of collar has a much softer construction and doesn’t have an stiff interlining like a regular collar does. The sleeves have button cuffs and the shirt has a breast pocket.

The shirt has been described by costume designer Lindy Hemming as “heavy navy blue”, and from the costume card the swatch is a very dark navy that looks black in all but direct sunlight. No hint of blue will show on screen in the dimly and warmly lit scenes.

The fabric is polyester and woven in a twill weave. Polyester was chosen for a soft look, but in reality this would not be a practical choice for the Bahamas because it doesn’t breathe well. A cotton or linen shirt would be far more comfortable in the heat and humidity but would not look as presentable.

The plain-weave linen trousers are the “Larked” model from Ted Baker. The colour is called “mink”, which can best be described as taupe. They have a flat front, straight-cut legs, a full break and plain hem. The side pockets are slanted and there is one rear jetted pocket on the right. There are belt loops but there is no belt in them. Bond’s shoes are black.

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  1. Having just returned from The One and Only Ocean Club, I have to say Daniel Craig is perfectly dressed for the setting. In all of his scenes in the Bahamas, Craig looks well-dressed and true to the character as well.

  2. Are Bond’s shoes cap toed oxfords in this setting or just formal-casual shoes, like loafers or something? (I know Bond doesn’t wear loafers,just guessing seeing as how this poker match wasn’t considered a formal event)

  3. On the audio commentary for Casino Royale, Lindy Hemmings says that the shirt is a heavy navy blue silk shirt. It could be silk, I don’t think Daniel Craig would wear a polyester shirt. He only usually ever wear quality materials and brands; he’s a clothes horse in real life.

  4. Strange they used a low end shirtmaler. Must have Been a reason for this. Craig in a lot of his films only wears good brands and quality materials. But then again he wore Top Shop chinos and a Zara shirt in Skyfall.

  5. You would have thought Brioni would have a similar shirt made of real silk. they supplied not just the suits and shirts but the cardigan Craig wears at the start of the film under the pea coat and probably the black shawl cardigan as well. And then you wouldn’t have had to alter it so much.

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