For James Bond’s two-day adventure in Norway in No Time to Die, he wears one outfit of a long needlecord coat, needlecord trousers, a sports shirt and boots, and he travels lightly with only an extra shirt to change into.
Within the list of the many controversial wardrobe choices in No Time to Die, the long green corduroy ‘duster’ needlecord coat from Massimo Alba in these scenes may be at the top of that list. It’s an unusual coat for James Bond, and long green corduroy coats are not a widely seen item.
The coat is the ‘RAIN2’ model in the olive green colour ‘agades’ (the name of a city in Niger) and in cotton needlecord. The coat has three buttons down the front, slash pockets, a Prussian collar and straps on the sleeves with two buttons for adjustment. There are a decorative half belt and a long vent in the rear.
Costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb told The Bond Experience that this is the kind of garment Bond would have grabbed from his home (or rather his storage garage since he no longer has a London home) in a hurry without having time to plan his outfit. Since this coat is an unusual garment for Bond, why would he have had this coat in the first place? If Bond had to grab a coat or jacket in a hurry, the Rogue Territory Supply Jacket might have made more sense for his Norway trip, since it was something he was already wearing a day earlier.
It’s a lightweight and unlined coat, so it isn’t for warmth. Bond wears it in the Norwegian wilderness, where the olive green colour helps Bond camouflage in his surroundings like Han Solo does in his long camoflage coat in Return of the Jedi. The length of the coat also helps protect Bond in the woods, though there’s a possibility that the coat could get caught in the brush in the course of action.
The long coat was most likely chosen for its dramatic look over a more practical waist-length or hip-length jacket. It never appears to be too cumbersome, unwieldy or out of place during the numerous scenes when Bond wears it, though Bond would have had an easier time moving in a shorter jacket. The long coat ends up looking like a piece of costume. I mentioned in my previous review of the No Time to Die wardrobe that the green Barbour jacket from Skyfall would have been a great alternative to this jacket. But considering the wear and tear it goes through in Skyfall, he likely tossed it after that adventure.
The trousers are also from Massimo Alba and are in the ‘MAUKO’ model in ‘nero lavato’, or washed black. The have a slim fit with a flat front, on-seam side pockets, two rear button-through jetted pockets, dark horn buttons and a waistband with belt loops and a button closure.
While there is nothing inherently wrong with the trousers, they clash with the rest of the outfit. The corduroy-on-corduroy look clashes, as do black trousers with brown shoes. Black jeans would have solved the first problem, while jeans or chinos in a shade of khaki or brown would have solved both problems while also better complementing the olive-coloured jacket than black does. While black shoes instead of brown would have also fixed the second issue, brown shoes go better with the coat and Bond’s earthy surroundings.
Bond wears two different shirts with this outfit. The first is an ‘oatmeal’-coloured shirt in 70% Linen and 30% Cotton from Connolly x Finamore, made by hand in Italy by the luxury Neapolitan shirtmaker Finamore 1925.
The shirt has a cutaway collar, a stitched plain front, rounded cuffs with a single button placed near the base of the cuff and a gauntlet button on each sleeve. The shirt’s buttons are beige mother of pearl. The shirt tails have a gusset at each corner. The shirt is made with a fitted shape and fits Daniel Craig very well without being too tight.
The second shirt is a much more casual henley from Rag & Bone. It is made of a slubbed cotton jersey and has a placket with three buttons at the neck. The edges of the collar are frayed, and the white buttons have darker worn-looking edges. The whole item is designed to have an aged look, which can be thought of as Bond putting this garment through the wringer.
The is the last shirt that Daniel Craig’s Bond ever wears, and he he wears it until the end of the film.
Both shirts go well with the outfit. The Connolly x Finamore shirt gives the outfit a smart but casual look, while the henley transforms the look to a much more casual one that is suitable for the rough action sequences.
Bond’s shoes are the Crockett & Jones ‘Molton’ chukka boots in dark brown rough-out suede with Dainite soles. The boots have a plain toe and lace up with three pairs of eyelets. The rough-out suede has a wax treatment for a rugged, casual look and some water resistance. A storm welt gives the boots more water resistance, but these are not waterproof boots. They have the right look for Bond’s outdoor escapades but they aren’t quite as appropriate for these activities as the Palladium boots that he wears briefly in the garage scene.
His belt is difficult to see in these scenes, but it is likely the Massimo Alba ‘MAX2’ black leather belt. While the belt goes well with the trousers, it clashes with the brown shoes.