Tagged: Casino Royale (2006)

The Casino Royale Dinner Jacket

I’m not sure if any of you knew this, but I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you did – today is National Martini Day, celebrating the favorite drink of many from presidents and industrialists to entertainers and fictional secret agents.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale (2006).

BAMF Style’s choice for today was an obvious one.

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Daniel Craig as James Bond, rookie British secret agent

Montenegro, Summer 2006

Film: Casino Royale
Release Date: November 14, 2006
Director: Martin Campbell
Costume Designer: Lindy Hemming

Background

After years of audiences used to Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan*, some Bond fans were unsure what to expect with the new tough and gritty Bond played by Daniel Craig. While most hardcore fans – especially those of Fleming’s novels – were pleased by the return to form in 2006’s Casino Royale, some worried that the “Bourne-era” Bond would be too tough for the Bond dinner jacket.

Luckily, Casino Royale not only puts Bond in a sharp tailored dinner jacket for the second act of the film, but his formalwear actually is commented on in the film’s dialogue as Vesper tells him:

There are dinner jackets and dinner jackets. This is the latter.

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Casino Royale: Bond hangs out in Venice

If you’re lucky enough to be an American, today marks the release of Skyfall on DVD and Blu-Ray and, what the hell, let’s assume someone out there is still putting out VHS tapes as well.

British people, enjoy your extra SIX days of waiting. (Just kidding… it’s totally not fair that you guys invented Bond and have to wait longer to add the latest entry to your library. Sorry.)

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale (2006).

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Daniel Craig as James Bond, disillusioned British secret agent

Venice, Summer 2006

Film: Casino Royale
Release Date: November 14, 2006
Director: Martin Campbell
Costume Designer: Lindy Hemming

Background

I will unapologetically make no apology for the fact that I think Daniel Craig is the best thing to happen to James Bond since a badass Scotsman first caught the eye of Cubby Broccoli and the Bond producers in 1961. Craig exemplifies what a modern Bond would be: tough but considerate while being slightly arrogant and insecure. He’s got a few quips, but he’s not winking at the camera every five minutes nor is he more focused on staying in bed with his woman-of-the-week while there’s a job to get done.

That being said, I’m a huge fan of the Bond series and will watch any of the movies (maybe not A View to a Kill) any day. I’ve read all the books, blah blah blah… Besides giving Connery his just due, I would argue that Craig IS Bond, at least from the literary standpoint. He may not be what the public wants him to be/thinks he should be, but he delivers Ian Fleming’s original vision to the screen. A very close second to this would be Tim Dalton’s two works in the ’80s; perhaps if Casino Royale had been rebooted with him and it wasn’t the obnoxious ’80s, it would be a different story.

Rant aside, some have also argued that Craig’s Bond took casual wear too far. I would say that these people need to make better use of their time and emotions. Continue reading