In 1953, from the incredible mind of Ian Fleming, an international icon was born and cemented firmly into pop culture for the next sixty years. Almost a decade later, Dr. No became the first entry into what would become the longest continually running film franchise to date, introducing the world to the deadly, but effortlessly cool, James Bond.
Many men have stepped into Bond’s shoes over the years, but only one has the credit of providing us with the introduction: Sean Connery. This may not have been the case, however, as the producers originally favoured Cary Grant for the role, but he could only commit to one feature film. Dr. No director Terence Young then took Connery under his wing, introducing him to the high life, and to the finest restaurants, casinos, and women London had to offer. Keen to immerse the Connery into the lifestyle of Bond, he threw much of his own character into the mix – sending Connery to his own personal tailor, Anthony Sinclair to be fitted for a suit. The suit was a Conduit Cut in grey: a natural shoulder with roped sleeveheads and a draped chest.
For his shirts, Connery was sent to renowned shirt-maker Turnbull & Asser to be fitted with a pale blue cotton poplin shirt with a “Regent” collar and signature “cocktail cuff”, so that Bond could get the shirt on – or off – in a hurry. The shirts were paired with a navy blue grenadine tie also from Turnbull & Asser. This would be a recurring style of shirt worn by Bond throughout the 60s. The timeless look was completed with a pair of black calf derbies by bespoke shoe-maker John Lobb, an essential and timeless addition to any gentleman’s wardrobe.
Finally, a gentleman should never leave home without a trustworthy companion on his wrist. In Bond’s case, a Rolex Submariner 6538 on a nylon strap, the ultimate tool watch of the day and the quintessential Bond brand.
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The Pocket Square
This look and the iconic Conduit Cut suit would make several more appearances on Sean Connery as James Bond, and undoubtedly captures the essence of James Bond and classic, timeless British style.