James Bond has been a style icon for decades. His suave suits, fast cars and beautiful women have made him a role model for men of all ages. Many boys grew up watching James Bond, and the movies are still being produced today.
We’ve seen many different actors play James Bond over the years. Some of the most famous include Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and recently, Daniel Craig. At Mainline Menswear, we’re going to look at these famous four, and give you our opinion on who we think was the most stylish James Bond.
Connery played Bond in the first five films, including From Russia with Love and Goldfinger. He then returned to the 007 role in Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again. As the original James Bond, Sean Connery sparked off the super spy’s style. Bond was known for wearing sharp suits and tuxedos, a look which continues through all the films.
Connery’s portrayal of Bond was vastly down to the training his director, Terence Young, gave him. He was taught how to walk, talk and even how to eat like a secret agent. As a result of this, Connery became one of the great male sex symbols within the films, and will always be remembered as the original Bond.
His style was defined as classic and sophisticated, showing off some incredible tailoring and simple yet effective looks. His suave persona matched well with the fitted suits, but he could also pull off the dressed down polo shirt in certain scenes.
Roger Moore is the longest serving Bond to date, spending 12 years in the role. His films included Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me and A View to a Kill. His style in the films kept the classic, well-suited look of 007, but with Moore’s own twist featuring styles from the 70s and 80s.
He often wore patterned sports coats and jackets, paired with wide ties synonymous with the fashion at the time. However, throughout the films he pulled off many different looks. He’s worn a yellow astronaut suit, après-ski style winter wear, rollnecks, puffer jackets and of course, a tuxedo or two.
Roger Moore’s style is often thought of in the films as grandfatherly, yet he managed to solidify Bond’s style as a man of the people. Able to pull of any look and still look good and get the girl – something Bond is definitely known for.
From 1994 to 2005, Pierce Brosnan appeared in four Bond films. His first was the iconic GoldenEye, followed by the equally impressive trio of Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.
His style in the movies heavily featured a tuxedo, a look that Brosnan pulled off better than most. However, what he may be remembered for most is his action gear. Padded jackets, hiking boots and plenty of spy equipment meant he was a Bond ready for action, whether hanging off helicopters or sliding down zip wires.
Pierce Brosnan also brought an endless amount of charm to the role, alongside a slightly cheesy attitude at times. Making him a loveable, but deadly spy. His facial expressions greatly added to his style throughout the films, with a raised eyebrow and quizzical expression being a big part of who he was.
Daniel Craig is the current James Bond, making his first appearance in 2005 in Casino Royale. Craig was an instant hit with Bond fans, despite having a very different look to many of the previous actors. Being only 5ft 10”, he was originally considered too short for the role, but after his first film all doubts were abolished.
To date, Daniel Craig has featured in three more Bond films; Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and most recently, Spectre. He is widely acclaimed as the most stylish 007, with the help of current fashion trends allowing him to experiment with more looks than just the classic tailored suit.
Although no Bond quite rocked the tux like he did, he also wears a casual polo shirt and chinos in a stylish and manageable fashion. Slim fit jeans or straight leg chinos are favoured in Craig’s more casual scenes, with a swift change to action-packed adventures, or dressing up in a fitted grey suit.
Currently, it’s up in the air whether Daniel Craig will continue as James Bond. There’s no word on what or when the next film will be, so we’ll just have to keep watching to discover if any new style icons will emerge into the 007 role.
If you want to work the effortless style of a highly trained killer, Mainline Menswear stocks a number of sharp suit looks and tuxedo jackets. We also offer a range of casual wear, from polo shirts circa Daniel Craig, or adventure clothing suited to Pierce Brosnan. Visit our website here to browse our extensive range.