Daniel Craig as James Bond, “vacationing” British secret agent
Bahamas, July 2006
Film: Casino Royale
Release Date: November 14, 2006
Director: Martin Campbell
Costume Designer: Lindy Hemming
After “shooting” up an embassy and causing an international scandal, Bond is ordered by M to go “stick his head in the sand” and think about his career. Appropriately, given the history of the Bond canon, our hero heads for the Bahamas via a chartered flight, booking a spur-of-the-moment villa at The One and Only Ocean Club. Given that overnight stays at the One and Only rarely fall under $1,000 per night, this is hardly a man who is really giving too much concern about the prospect of unemployment.
Nor does his arrival give that impression. Bond steps off the plane looking like a million bucks in a sharp suit that is a rare find for many reasons. Some complain that the suit’s fit, especially the jacket, is too bulky, but Bond is just getting used to refinement and luxury. Let’s cut him some slack!
What’d He Wear?
Unusual for linen, Bond arrives in Nassau wearing a light gray two-piece suit. Matt Spaiser also wrote about this suit previously on The Suits of James Bond.
The jacket has large peak lapels, which roll down to the center button of the 3-button front. The hip pockets are flapped and straight. The cool sea breeze blows through rear double vents, keeping Bond cool. As I mentioned, the jacket has a large fit with a full chest, accentuated by the straight shoulders and roped sleeveheads. Final details include 4-button cuffs and a full lining, also unusual for a linen suit.
The trousers are a matching light gray linen with eight 2″ belt loops around the waist, open side pockets, and jetted rear pockets that close with a button. In keeping with the jacket, the trousers have a straight and full cut through down the legs to the 2″ cuffed bottoms. This cut is very comfortable for linen, letting air breeze through without the fabric clinging to your skin and defeating the purpose.
The belt Bond wears with the trousers is black leather with a silver 1-eyelet rectangular clasp.
Bond wears a very distinctive shirt in these scenes. While it appears to be just a standard white shirt as he descends from the plane, it is revealed to be a much more stylish short-sleeve shirt, a smart choice for such a warm climate. The white is actually a tonal white-on-white track stripe. There are large spread collars that fasten with two buttons, but Bond wears it open neck.
Bond comfortably wears the shirt with no undershirt. It is not fitted, but it looks very good hanging on Craig’s torso with only a single horizontal seam across the back.
Additional sporty features are the widely cuffed short sleeves and the buttoned epaulettes.
Some have vehemently complained that the short-sleeve shirt is also too “un-Bond”. First off, Bond is a fictional character so let’s all just take a step back. Secondly, he’s in the Bahamas. In July. You’re lucky that he’s wearing a suit. He’s not wearing a tie, and it’s a casual suit, so let him wear a shirt that looks good. If you can go to the Bahamas and get a Victoria’s Secret model to do a double-take, then you can decide what he wears next time.
However, Bond does make a faux pas with his shoes, wearing a pair of dark brown suede 2-eyelet derby-laced chukka boots. What’s the problem here? A black belt and brown shoes? Even dads know not to do that. The shoes are likely John Lobb, as he also wears Lobb Luffields in the casino scene. This is possibly the John Lobb “Sandon” model, a chukka boot available in dark brown circa 2006. He appears to wear a pair of thin taupe dress socks, much like the ones Don Draper wears when he heads off to California in the second season of Mad Men.
Bond’s sunglasses are one of two pairs of Persols he wears in the film. This particular style is Persol 2244-S and, according to the James Bond Lifestyle page, it is “constructed from a metal front joined to acetate arms by satin finish metal plates. It is characterized by a dynamic double bridge and by the exclusive Meflecto system with two cylinders.” Bond wears option 834/33, fitted with a gunmetal gray satin metal frame and brown lenses.
Bond also wears two Omega watches in Casino Royale, the first of which being the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Size” 2900.50.91 worn in these scenes. Also featured on the James Bond Lifestyle, this is more of a sport watch than we’re used to seeing Bond wear. It has a steel case with a black dial and black bezel and is worn on a large black rubber strap. The watch has a power reserve of 44 hours and is water resistant down to 2,000 feet. The watch is protected by a domed anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
Go Big or Go Home
Yes, Bond oozes cool all throughout the scene, coming off the plane in a sharp suit and sunglasses… his little trick with the valet parking… the easy way he solicits information from the pretty desk clerk with just a wink and a credit card…
However, my friends and I legitimately laughed when Bond showed up driving a rented Ford in the Bahamas. Granted, it’s a Mondeo and not a Taurus and there is the 40+ year Bond-Ford relationship, but still… I don’t know. It doesn’t fit my idea of the Bond image. I guess this is my version of the short-sleeve shirt gripe.
How to Get the Look
This is a very specific ensemble with some replicas out there, but it would be tough to pull off the exact look Bond sports in the film. It is one of the few outfits in the film with almost no background information available.
- Light gray linen suit, consisting of:
- Single-breasted 3-roll-2 button jacket with peak lapels, flapped hip pockets, 4-button cuffs, and rear double vents
- Flat front trousers with belt loops, open side pockets, button-fastened jetted rear pockets, and cuffed bottoms
- White-on-white track striped short-sleeve shirt with large 2-button spread collar and buttoned epaulettes
- Black leather belt with silver rectangular single-prong buckle
- Dark brown suede 2-eyelet John Lobb “Sandon” chukka boots
- Taupe dress socks
- Persol 2244-S gunmetal gray satin metal framed sunglasses with brown lenses (option 834/33)
- Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Size” 2900.50.91 on a large black rubber strap
Iconic Alternatives has a great rundown of affordable options to channel this and many other 007 outfits.
Do Yourself a Favor and…
Buy the film.
I’m not sure who made the light gray linen suit, which gets positive-to-mixed reactions from sartorial Bond fans. The folks at Baron Boutique make and sell their own reproductions of it, however. I don’t own one, but for only $329, it would probably be worth it for such a unique-looking suit.
For more info about this suit and a discussion among fans about it, check out Matt Spaiser’s blog The Suits of James Bond.