FROM DANIEL CRAIG’S TOP 15 JAMES BOND
We take one more look back at Craig’s influencing style as we say adieu to his brutal yet elegant
portrayal of 007 in the film.
Daniel Craig’s record-breaking run as James Bond came to an end with No Time to die, after
fifteen years and five films. The Craig era brought an unprecedented level of continuity to the
series as well as personal stakes that—particularly in the most recent film—echoed George
Lazenby’s one-off as 007 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service after rebooting it with a relatively
faithful adaptation of Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale.
Whether or not you think Daniel Craig was the best James Bond since Sean Connery or you’re
eagerly looking for the next actor to fill Bond’s fitted shoes, it’s tough to deny the impact Daniel
Craig had on men’s fashion. Naturally, a large part of this may be attributable to the fact that
Craig’s Bond was developed at the same time as social media and the digital era. As a result, the
last five Bond movies have been the subject of such intense scrutiny that, when set photos from
No Time to Die leaked, the clothing worn by Craig was instantly recognized and—if still in
stock—often sold out within hours. Following this, replica clothing manufacturers swiftly
increased their stock of the most recent screen-worn attire.
The approachability of Craig’s James Bond style has been something I’ve especially liked. I’d
contend that the concepts behind each outfit are more significant than the precise brand name,
even while it’s true that names like Brioni, Brunello Cucinelli, and Tom Ford aren’t practical
concerns for the majority of fans wanting to copy the style of their film favorite.
The costume designer for each movie made the most of traditional menswear staples like blue
polo shirts, cardigans with shawl collars, khaki chinos, and chukka boots to create Mr. Bond’s
outfits that strike a balance between being aspirational and still being approachable enough to
let any man feel a little more like 007 without having to wear a tuxedo.
VEGAS ROYALE (2006)
Created the costumes. Lindy Hemming
White shirt and gray linen suit
After four years of the dapper Pierce Brosnan, who still seems as though he was born to wear
Brioni suits, Casino Royale follows the rookie agent through his early days as a 007, and the
viewer’s expectations for Bond’s style were far from met. When Craig’s Bond first dons a suit, he
unties his unconventional light gray linen suit as his jet lands at Paradise Island to tone it down.
He’s not just arrived; he’s already landed in the Bahamas.
It looks to be a direct response to M’s critique of him for being a blunt instrument as he departs
the plane wearing the gray linen suit’s peak-lapel jacket and Persols and looking sleek, beautiful,
and seasonally appropriate for a July day in the Caribbean. A little while later, having left the
jacket in his Ford, he walks inside The One&Only Ocean Club wearing only the open-necked
white short-sleeved shirt tucked into the suit pants (maybe a touch too accessible, Mr. Bond).
We are reminded that Craig is still the ferocious and aggressive agent who wrestled a person to
death in a lavatory and exploded an embassy while managing to draw attention because of the
shirt’s thin material and short sleeves, which accentuate Craig’s powerful frame. The shoulder
straps of the shirt support Craig’s shoulders and give him a martial air suitable to Commander
Bond’s status. Bond wears chocolate brown suede derby shoes that go well with the holiday
season and his dressed-down look.
Sunspel Polo In Navy
After a trip—and a few more murders—to Miami, Casino Royale returns to the Bahamas and
introduces what would later become a trademark of Daniel Craig’s Bond wardrobe: the navy
blue short-sleeved polo. The actual shirt was a decades-old design that had been popularized by
British retailer Sunspel in the 1950s as the evocatively titled “Riviera” polo and distinguished
from your dad’s old golf shirts by its luxuriously smooth and delightfully breathable mesh-like
According to the book From Tailors with Love by Peter Broker and Matt Spaiser, costume
designer Lindy Hemming collaborated with Sunspel to re-tailor the shirt to accentuate Craig’s
athletic build. The business smartly capitalized on its early affiliation with the series, and 15
years after Casino Royale debuted in theaters, the Riviera polo shirt is still offered globally.
Bond sports the Sunspel polo untucked, along with khaki casual slacks fashioned like jeans and
yet another pair of dark brown suede shoes, this time in the form of chukka boots, as he strolls
about the grounds of the Ocean Club with M. Once with a navy Harrington jacket and blue
trousers for a tactical attack in Quantum of Solace, and once more beneath a tan suede be staff
jacket in Specter, Craig would force navy short-sleeved polo’s back into action. Although each
outfit is fantastic, it was this that had many guys—including yourself—reach for the dark blue
polo shirts in the closet.
The Initial Dinner Jacket
When Bond enters his hotel room and finds a fitted black wool tuxedo ready for him, Vesper
Lynd (Eva Green) tells him, “There are dinner jackets and dinner jackets; this is the latter.” Even
at a time when less and fewer men are dressing in suits and ties, 007 always finds a reason to
don at least one black tie outfit during a mission, proving that the Bond series is well aware of
the significance of Bond’s dinner suit.
The connection was originally made in Casino Royale, Ian Fleming’s debut Bond novel, when he
mentioned “his thin, double-ended black satin tie” and “his single-breasted dinner-jacket coat
over his heavy silk evening shirt.” When 007 evaluated himself against musical components
from the original James Bond theme tune, more than fifty years after the action had taken place,
it was honored on screen.
In Casino Royale, the Italian fashion business Brioni continued their partnership with Pierce
Brosnan, providing the various black wool peak-lapel dinner jackets as well as the matching
pants with silk side-seam striping. Turnbull & Asser, another iconic James Bond brand, created
the white hidden-fly double-cuff shirts and black silk bow ties that Bond alternates between
when each gets destroyed by poisoned martinis, stairwell battles, and fully clad showers.
Daniel Craig would follow this tradition, wearing simply beautiful white silk Albert Thurston
suspenders underneath his dinner jacket. Since Sean Connery’s films, Bond’s evening attire has
rarely featured waist covers like cummerbunds or waistcoats.
Number of Solace (2008)
Louise Frogley is the costume designer.
Cardigan with a Shawl Collar
In the fall of 2008, when I began my second year of college, I had mentally consigned cardigans
to the wardrobes of my grandfather and Mister Rogers—two guys I had respected, yes, but who
were hardly fashion idols. Then, as I saw 007 zip up a black cardigan with a shawl collar in
Quantum of Solace, I recognized that the movie series that had quadrupled my own navy polo
collection two years before had once again taught me.
In Casino Royale, Craig’s Bond did actually sport shawl-collar cardigans, but it was Quantum of
Solace that really cemented the button-up sweater’s legacy. The khaki pants and brown suede
boots prompt comparisons to Steve McQueen, notably William Claxton’s well-known images of
the actor picnicking on the California coast. Despite having gone rogue, Bond appears calm and
assured as he sails up to Mathis’ Italian home. The shirt, cardigan, and the majority of the other
items Bond wears in Quantum of Solace are all Tom Ford creations.
Reviving the Brown Suit
According to Bond Outfits, among his fashionable and expertly fitted Tom Ford suits, Bond
landed in Bolivia sporting a bright brown suit fashioned from a cool-wearing mohair tonic.
Brown suits have sometimes been criticized as being unprofessional or outmoded, but Bond’s
suit here makes a strong case for their current relevance and fashion ability. Especially
considering how successfully he can pull it off after consuming six martinis on the late-night
The Tom Ford “Regency” model suit is embellished with all the dapper features one would
anticipate from a design named after the era popularized by the well-known dandy Beau
Brummell. In addition to the two normal flapped pockets and a ticket pocket, the singlebreasted jacket includes three and two-roll buttons, a curved “barchetta” breast pocket for his
white pocket square, and five-button surgeon’s cuffs, which Bond like to leave at least one
The other suits in Bond’s Quantum of Solace wardrobe have a similar shape and styling and are
all made of more sober hues of dark blue and gray, which sharply contrast with the eye-catching
brown outfit worn for this jovial segment.
Jeans and a jacket by Harrington
Since Sean Connery played the role, 007 has always dressed for the night in all-dark layers. Tom
Ford’s interpretation of the traditional “Harrington jacket,” made famous by the Baracuta earlier
in the 20th century and made famous by the likes of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and—you
guessed it—Steve McQueen, who donned a navy Baracuta jacket as the titular millionaire in The
Thomas Crown Affair, serves as Bond’s outer layer.
Costume designer Louise Frogley modified the Harrington jacket for Craig’s Bond rather than
simply copying how McQueen had worn it. Craig’s Bond would wear the jacket with a navy
short-sleeved pocket polo, jeans, and brown suede chukka boots that refer to the laid-back style
seen throughout Casino Royale for a sense of costume-informed consistency. Despite the fact
that Craig’s Bond had always sported beige-colored jeans, which are possibly dressier than their
blue denim cousins, it’s noteworthy that during this climactic scene in Quantum of Solace, Bond
makes a rare appearance in blue jeans from the series, albeit a dark wash pair from the
California-based clothing retailer 7 For All Mankind.
The divisive ensemble appears to have as many supporters as opponents, with the majority of
the latter criticizing Bond’s jeans. Fortunately for this group, Craig would appear in the film’s
last seen wearing a more formal black suit, white shirt, and tie underneath his buttoned-up
Sky fall (2012)
Jany Temime designed the costumes.
Istanbul Gray Suit with Retro Influence
Sky fall introduced a style of tailoring that has been critiqued for being a little bit too tight on
Daniel Craig, but it also introduced a number of timeless garments that recall the best looks
worn by Sean Connery’s Bond in the early 1960s. The emphasis on Craig’s Bond’s youth and
relative inexperience in his first two adventures has been replaced by a more mature Bond in
Sky fall, who is motivated by Eve Money penny’s stated credo that “sometimes the old ways are
Craig is reintroduced on-screen during an action scene that may have included a polo shirt in
the previous two movies, but he is now sporting the classic Bond look: a fitted suit, modest tie,
well-polished black shoes, and a distinguished watch—an Omega, of course. The material is a
sharkskin print in gray and black that resembles 007’s outfit from his final trip to Istanbul in
From Russia with Love. The French cuffs and tab collar on his clean white shirt are a new look
for Bond, but they are in keeping with the 1950s trends that have made a comeback owing to the
slick marketing executives on Mad Men.
Craig apparently created a beloved fan-service moment when he hops onto the carriage of a halfdestroyed train and—before proceeding with the scene—takes a second to straighten his shirt
cuffs. This was done in keeping with the seasoned, suit-wearing Bond we all know.
White shirt, white sweater, pea coat, and tie
At the Shanghai airport, Bond pretended to be a driver while dressing in a monochrome
ensemble of a white T-shirt, a slim black tie, a black V-neck John Smedley sweater, and gray
woven pants underneath his navy Billy Reid pea coat. The pea jacket worn by Craig-Bond during
the black-and-white assassination in Prague was “soft launched” in Casino Royale, but this scene
in Sky fall was the first time any Bond had so prominently worn this kind of coat.
One might argue that Commander Bond, a man of action and a Royal Navy officer, had been
long overdue to don this short, heavy double-breasted reefer jacket that had been popular
among sailors. Craig’s screen-worn jacket, made in Portugal by the English design firm Billy
Reid, is a more stylish development of the traditional naval coat and has leather trim and peaked
lapels. Mr. Bond may store his palm print-activated Walther PPK/S and black leather Dents
gloves in the hand pockets.
Barbour waxed jacket
Sky fall delves further into Bond’s past than any other installment in the series, so it’s only
fitting that he wears a traditional British heritage brand like Barbour once he and M arrive to the
family’s Scottish Highland home, Sky fall.
This Barbour jacket, which is marketed as the X to Ki to Beacon Heritage Sports Jacket but was
altered for Craig to wear on screen, has an olive waxed cotton outer shell and an inside tartan
lining. With its three-button front, breast pocket, and flapped hip pockets, the jacket effectively
mimics a single-breasted sports coat despite the addition of conventional sporting features like
the neck latch buttons and rear zip-entry poacher’s pocket across the back. Chris Scott, a Primer
writer, reproduced the look in Casual Style. It’s one of the simpler Bond looks for an average
non-Doppelganger person to pull off. Daniel Craig’s James Bond served as inspiration
Bond wears a teal-blue cashmere N.Peal sweater over a white Henley shirt, dark brown corduroy
pants, Crockett & Jones wingtip boots, and a rakish yet practical and effective brown scarf to
create the appearance of a typical sportsman underneath his Barbour jacket.
Jany Temime designed the costumes.
Three-Piece Black Funeral Suit
Black suits shouldn’t typically be taken into account when a male is thinking about his next suit
buy, as Primer has demonstrated. But what if you had to blend in with Italian mafia at a funeral
while working with MI6’s ostensibly tight fashion budget?
In a sleek yet avant-garde Aston Martin DB10 and dressed in layers of unusual black, Bond
makes a stylish entrance at SPECTRE agent Marco Sciarra’s burial in Rome. The upper layer is a
double-breasted greatcoat with military inspiration, which, when worn with dark Tom Ford
sunglasses and black leather Dents gloves, gives Bond the appearance of lethal effectiveness. He
removes the coat to reveal a three-piece, also all-black suit for his visit to Sciarra’s widow Lucia.
The Tom Ford “Windsor” model is reminiscent of more dramatically styled tailoring from the
1930s and 1940s, including the single-breasted jacket’s dramatic silhouette with its heavily built
shoulders and wide peak lapels.
Black suits aren’t usually a must-have in a man’s closet, but Bond deserves an exemption for
wearing his one to a funeral (while effectively playing a role) and for picking a more unusual
fabric with its herringbone weave.
The white shirt introduces the pinned collar for its one-time appearance worn by 007, though
it’s appropriate that he only wears this relatively fussy collar as part of a disguise and not as part
of his regular wardrobe. It is detailed with the cocktail cuffs that remind us of Sean Connery’s
distinctive shirts. The only other Bond actor to use an all-black outfit that wasn’t a tuxedo was
Sir Sean Connery, who donned a black three-piece suit to a Las Vegas cremation in Diamonds
are Forever for a disguise at a gangster’s burial.
Navy polo with a tan suede jacket
When Bond and Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) arrived in Morocco, Craig’s Bond
distinguished himself by donning a straightforward but attractive dark blue short-sleeved shirt
with a “Johnny collar,” a fixed V-shaped neckline with a collar but no buttons to cover the
The navy Tom Ford shirt gives the suit, which would otherwise blend in with his sandy
surroundings, a great pop of color. Matchless London, one of the oldest British motorcycle
firms, created his tan suede zip-up jacket for Spectre and capitalized on its sartorial connotation
by creating a commercial version of what would be branded as the “Craig Blouson.”
Bond is shown wearing Brunello Cucinelli light taupe cotton gabardine chino pants, a brand that
is well-known to be a favorite of Craig’s off-screen as well. Once he and Madeleine reach at their
next location, he makes excellent use of these trousers by donning them once more with a lowcontrast light brown linen sports coat and tie. His brown woven leather belt, also by Brunello
Cucinelli, which matches the hue of his suede J. Crew Kenton lace-up boots, keeps these pants in
When Timothy Dalton wore a beige bomber-style jacket, a blue long-sleeve polo, pleated khakis,
and boat shoes for an action scene in The Living Daylights, the ensemble was deemed a 21stcentury adaptation of Bond’s clothing.
Racer in dark suede and mock neck
Daniel Craig’s Bond borrowed classic looks from the Bond series and beyond for the tense
He wears a charcoal mock neck from frequent Bond brand N.Peal underneath his fitted dark
navy goat suede John Varvatos racer-style jacket, which also has a dark brown leather shoulder
holster for the renowned Walther PPK. Both Roger Moore’s tight black turtleneck from Live and
Let Die and the iconic outfit from Bullitt, which starred Steve McQueen, Craig’s frequently
acknowledged fashion forebear, are reminiscent of the ensemble.
Bond is shown wearing a pair of gray-on-black Neil Barrett micro-ticked pants. This suggests
that he has “matured” beyond the jeans and jean-type trousers he wore for the action scenes in
Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. Bond wears brown suede crepe-soled chukka boots by
Sanders & Sanders, a reworking of the “playboy boots” that the King of Cool had famously worn
on- and off-screen during the ’60s, as yet another tribute to McQueen’s fashion.
The Time Is Now (2021)
Designed the costumes, Suttirat Anne Larlarb
Corduroy suit in tan
James Bond wearing a suit is surely nothing out of the ordinary, until you notice the outfit is
corduroy. No Time to die opens with the agent in retirement, no longer dressed for business in
London or traveling the world for different assignments. Bond has no reason to believe that his
day in Matera will consist of anything other than paying his respects at Vesper Lynd’s tomb,
which brings to mind how Ian Fleming described Bond’s yearly visit to the crypt in the book On
Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Of course, a few SPECTRE goons missed the memo and turn Bond’s somber visit into a thrilling
pursuit, bringing out the recognizable gadget-filled Aston Martin DB5.
The Massimo Alba “Sloop Suit” is prominently displayed in Bond’s first action scene in No Time
to Die. It is also prominently displayed in many promotional photos, allowing keen-eyed Bond
fans to quickly recognize it along with his burgundy “Avery” necktie from Alexander Olch, his
brown suede Drake’s moc-toe chukka boots, the dove-gray Albert Thurston suspenders, and the
rich blue button-down oxford shirt.
More Massimo Alba corduroy would be seen in No Time to die, such as Bond’s long olive duster
coat and the needle cord trousers he wears with it, but my favorite is still this suit, which
continues the fictional Bond’s tradition of donning tan suits when in warm climates. The
corduroy texture adds a sporty rumple that evokes a hint of Ivy and even calls to mind Robert
Redford’s corduroy-clad crusading.
Garage Wax Jacket
The lightweight Ridgeline Supply Jacket by Rogue Territory (RGT), cut like a trucker jacket but
manufactured from a tan weather-resistant waxed cotton, has rapidly become one of the most
well-liked items from No Time to Die owing to its usefulness, price, and design. Ryan Reynolds
to Mae Whitman and other celebrities have been photographed wearing it throughout the last
year in a variety of movies, but it was undoubtedly its appearance in a Bond film—one of the
most sartorially scrutinized series of all time—that really placed the RGT jacket on the map.
The fact that the RGT is still in high demand despite the fact that fans may have been
disappointed to see it very briefly on television in a scene when Bond discovers his 1985 Aston
Martin V8 speaks much about its reputation and excellence. A basic white T-shirt, black pants,
and work boots make up the rest of the ensemble, which is unexpectedly understated but in
keeping with the now-retired Bond’s style.
This wasn’t the first time a Bond actor in his fifties donned casual clothing (just think of Roger
Moore’s hideous velour tracksuit from A View to a Kill! ), but Larlarb intelligently chose more
classic pieces that fit Craig’s worn-in but still energetic persona. Craig’s attire, while different in
its final form, also made me think of a scene from another notable famous finale involving a car,
in which Don Draper exits the 1970 Chevelle he had been test-driving in the final episode of Mad
Men while wearing head-to-toe Levi’s denim, a dirty white T-shirt, and work boots.
Sweater with a navy commando
No Time to Die’s promotional materials made extensive use of Bond’s navy wool sweater and
pants, which was a wise decision considering how prominently they appear in the film’s
climactic scene when Bond invades the villain’s hideout. We see him putting together the
ensemble, donning the sweater, trousers, and suspenders—all by N.Peal—over the white longsleeved Henley he had worn underneath that contentious corduroy duster for his arrival in
Norway, similar to the blue crew-neck sweater he had worn over a Henley with his Barbour
jacket during a similarly pivotal scene in Sky fall, as previously mentioned.
This navy ribbed wool sweater was influenced by traditional military fashions, particularly the
“wooly pulley” provided to armies on both sides of the pond, with its patches on the shoulders
and elbows as well as the drawstring to tighten the broad boat neck. Given the tactical nature of
his mission and the extra attention placed on his Royal Navy rank and affiliations in No Time to
Die, it is appropriate to see Commander Bond dressed in military-inspired attire.
Bond completes his commando image by donning a set of dark gray cotton battle trousers that
are rigged with several straps, flaps, snaps, and pockets and held up by a pair of gray
suspenders. Bond is dressed in a pair of heavy-duty lace-up tactical boots from Danner, which
are built for stealth and durability with uppers composed of durable leather and nylon.