As a self confessed petrol head, there is nothing more exciting than getting up close and personal with a car that really sets your pulse racing. Whats better still is testing that car on the wide open roads of picturesque Scotland, experiencing every twist and turn of the worlds best selling two seater sports car’s natural surroundings. A few weekends past I was lucky enough to do exactly this when I took the brand new Mazda MX-5 on a tour up through the Scottish highlands, and on the way, stopping off at the visually stunning Glen Etive, backdrop for the James Bond movie Skyfall.
Around Christmas time just past, I took a little jaunt through to Edinburgh to take in the glitzy lights and wintery festivities the capital had to offer and whilst there, I decided to check out the wonderful surroundings of DINE Edinburgh and more specifically, their incredible Martini Experience which is available for you to try now.
With Spectre in the cinema’s breaking Bond box office records, it is safe to say everyone is talking about all things Bond related just now. What we always tend to notice is how Bond is always well kitted out, ready for any villainous situation he may encounter.
Through the years he has had suits from Anthony Sinclair, Brioni and Tom Ford, with cars from BMW to Aston Martin. One thing however James Bond has always been known for is his fine choice of time piece. Now thanks to the chaps over at watches2u.com, the ultimate Bond watch list throughout the years has been compiled. And its a good one.
Pandemonium is about to ensue with the premiere and nationwide release of the latest James Bond instalment Spectre. We also fully expect it to be an action packed rollercoaster of guns, women, seriously cool cars and suave styling. What the masses may have noticed in the film snippets on TV and billboard advertisements that is slightly different, is Daniel Craig sporting a stunning crisp white tuxedo jacket. Yes not since A View to a Kill in 1985 with Roger Moore did we see a white tuxedo jacket come out of Mr Bond’s wardrobe, with its first appearance seen in Goldfinger in 1964 where Sean Connery emerges from the ocean in his wet suit, proceeding to strip off revealing an impeccable evening spread consisting of a single breasted ivory jacket paired with a tone on tone striped dinner shirt and bow tie. Splendid indeed.
In more current Bond times, specifically Daniel Craig’s series, we have seen our favourite spy kitted out by a personal favourite of The Gentleman Select. Mr Tom Ford. We can’t think of a better fashion icon and Bond collaboration to re-introduce this tricky outfit and steer it away from that Saturday Night Fever label attached to it. More exciting is said tuxedo jacket is now available to buy courtesy of Mr Porter. The online retail site counts Tom Ford as one of its newest members, one which has cemented itself as a true heavy hitter amongst the sites top brands already.
“007 epitomises the Tom Ford man in his elegance, style and love of luxury” says the designer. The ivory colour jacket consists of perfectly integrated shoulder pads with some truly delectable detailing in the faille peak lapels and smooth satin lining within, all completed in a tailored slim fit. You can try your best to emulate Bond with this stunning piece available at £2,530 from www.mrporter.com
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.
Get the look:
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.
As James Bond’s tools of the trade go, Q Branch would be particularly proud of this one. Introducing the Omega Seamaster 300, the watch which Daniel Craig will be sporting in the latest, fourth coming Bond film franchise Spectre. Much like the previous James Bond editions, it will be in limited production, 7,007 to be exact, complete with 007 logo engraved on the strap holder.
For me this watch works on so many levels, and like the current stars film series, takes a further leap back to the Bond of old and its origins. More gritty. Direct. To be specific, we must look to Sean Connery in the 1964 film Goldfinger to when we last saw our sleek spy wear a NATO strap, albeit on a Rolex submariner. This is then a touch of old indeed as the NATO strap, as much a part of British military kit as the old boots, nods again towards Mr Bond’s past as a commander in the navy.
The watch itself is powered by the Omega Master Coaxial caliber 8400 movement, whilst also featuring a uni-directional diving bezel constructed from Omega’s special Liquid Metal (ceramic and zirconium) mixture, on top of which sits a 12-hour scale similar to that of a GMT function.
On the dial itself we see a fairly similar face to that of previous Seamasters, however it does feature a lovely lolli-pop esq second hand to which the classic grey and black NATO nylon strap runs underneath. You can expect the limited edition piece to hit stores next month. And you can also expect them to sell seriously fast.