Suave, sophisticated, dangerous, and sexy. James Bond has long been associated with many of the aspects that modern-day men would love to be described as, and this has a lot to do with the brands that were chosen to epitomise the man of mystery himself.
Since the superspy first started making waves on the silver screen in 1962 with the release of Dr. No, fans of Ian Fleming’s most famous character have tried to emulate the Bond-style by supporting the brands that the now-iconic spy has made famous in the series. In this article, we will explore just some of the brands most frequently associated with 007.
Thanks to the popularity of Daniel Craig in the titular role of a number of Bond movies, Tom Ford has come to be the main brand that many fans associate with the world-famous spy.
Epitomising elegance, luxury, and style, made-to-measure suits from Tom Ford have appeared in most of the James Bond films since 2008 when the Texas-born eveningwear specialists took over the task of suiting up the world’s most famous spy from acclaimed suitmakers Anthony Sinclair (who dressed Sean Connery) and Brioni (who outfitted Pierce Brosnan). Adding a touch of contemporary style to mid-century menswear, Tom Ford is known for creating premium products that combine old-time elegance with modern style for a look that is decidedly Bond.
The support for Tom Ford doesn’t end at dinner jackets as the spy was also spotted in a pair of Tom Ford glasses in the 2015 film SPECTRE, as well as Tom Ford cufflinks in the same title.
Turnbull and Asser
No good suit would be complete without a high-quality dress shirt to complete the look. Renowned shirtmakers Turnbull and Asser, who have dressed some of the world’s preeminent men, have been supplying 007 with the clean, stylish look he is best known for since the release of the first Bond film in the 1960s. The brand has also claimed responsibility for the creation of the two-button cocktail cuff with turn-back detail, a style that is often called the ‘James Bond cuff’, which is seen in a number of early Bond movies.
Omega and Rolex
Every spy understands the value of good timing, which is why no good spy would ever leave home without a stylish timepiece. While the movie version of 007 has sported a watch from the world-renowned Swiss watchmaker Omega since the release of Goldeneye, the iconic spy was famously quoted as preferring Rolex over other brands in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, released in 1963, so true Bond connoisseurs could not go wrong with one of these amazing timepieces from either brand.
For fans of the series who are looking for a James Bond Watch, the pieces in Rolex’s Milgauss range offer form and functionality in equal measure with the timepieces guaranteeing extreme precision of movement even in the most inhospitable environments. A popular watch among engineers and scientists, Milgauss timepieces are available to purchase from most reputable online shopping sites including Chronext, suppliers of luxury watches who pride themselves on offering first-class service and guaranteed security.
Having appeared in a number of Bond titles over the years, including Goldeneye and Die Another Day, and after gaining further fame following a double appearance in Casino Royale, the Italian eyewear brand Persol is one of the most iconic brands associated with 007 thanks to its ability to add sophistication and style to any outfit. Founded by Giuseppe Ratti in Turin in 1917, Persol is one of the oldest eyewear companies in the world with the company originally designing eyewear specifically for sports drivers and pilots. This focus on functionality while still being stylish is what caught the attention of the 007 wardrobe team, who made the brand part of the Bond look.
Crockett & Jones
After being spotted in the 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, Crockett & Jones have quickly become the footwear brand of choice for those looking to emulate the different styles of the James Bond character. The brand made a repeat appearance in SPECTRE, where 007 chooses to boot up in a pair of Crockett & Jones Camberley boots.
Taking a step back from fashion, one of the most famous brands associated with James Bond since the 1960s comes in the form of Aston Martin.
The iconic Aston Martin DB5, which was designed by Italian automobile coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, is the best-known cinematic car in the franchise, and first appeared in a 007 title in 1964 with the release of Goldfinger. Since then, the brand has made appearances in eleven Bond films with the latest film in the franchise, No Time to Die, set to feature four different Aston Martin models to even further cement the role of this iconic brand in the series. The 2020 movie will feature the V8 Vantage, the Valhalla, the DB5, as well as the DBS Superleggera which is said to combine the best of the modern Aston Martins with a historic name.
Have you spotted any of these brands in your favourite 007 movie?