Double ‘0’ style returns in new movie “Spectre” where James Bond’s look is as sharp as his one-liners.Costume designer Jany Temime, who dressed the cast for “Skyfall” and has previously worked on the Harry Potter franchise, gives 007 (Daniel Craig) a licence to thrill. Luckily for us, the MI6 agent’s wardrobe isn’t on a need to know basis, with designers, including Tom Ford, Mulberry, British heritage brand Sunspel and shoemaker Crockett & Jones, all making overt appearances.
While Bond has his eye on the sinister SPECTRE organization led by Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) — and beauties Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) and Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci) — we spy one of the best-dressed Bond’s to-date. Temime takes us into the undercover world of the film’s sartorial stars.
“Skyfall” versus “Spectre”
“After ‘Skyfall’, which I consider a masterpiece, we wanted to do something different. I adopted the same attitude as when I was doing one Harry Potter after another, by telling myself not to try and do better, but to do something different, which is why it always looked new and fresh. When you deal with such an iconic franchise, you need to respect the heritage and what has been done before, while innovating constantly.”
James Bond: Dressed to impress
“You need to respect all the elements that make the public come and see a new James Bond film. The audience expects a gentleman who works for the Queen and epitomizes traditional Britishness. That’s what makes him so special compared to ‘Mission: Impossible’s’ Ethan Hunt, for instance. But he needs to be modern. James Bond is a man who lives in 2015, so his style has to evolve over time.”
The challenge of “Spectre”
“My first reaction was to call Sam Mendes and tell him, ‘I won’t be able to make a tuxedo that looks better than the midnight blue evening suit in “Skyfall”’. So it had to be different. Tom Ford sold 15,000 copies of that tux, even though it’s not exactly the same as the one in the film, which was my design.”
Styling Daniel Craig
“Daniel has a great sense of fashion — he just loves it. He knows how to dress up and makes excellent suggestions. He calls the outfits into question, which considerably speeds up the process. We work well together and he has this amazing body. He has got a flat stomach, a perfect butt and stunning shoulders: it’s easy to dress him up!”
James Bond’s tailoring
“His suit is a slim fit. Daniel has an amazing body and I wanted him to have a dynamic style. I wanted to show that a suit isn’t supposed to hide the body but show it off. Because he is able to move freely in his suit, it shows the energy of the body.”
The white tux
“This is the big ‘Spectre’ innovation. This part takes place in Morocco, and I got inspired by Humphrey Bogart in ‘Casablanca’. I am sure this piece will make a big comeback, thanks to Bond: there is nothing more elegant than a tanned man in a white jacket. I think you can also wear a white tux in Paris or London — it’s so sexy!”