He’s everyone’s favourite secret agent; a man that most of us grew up watching on TV or at the movies. He’s James Bond 007, and if you’re a man of any age, then in all likelihood, you wanted to be him at some point growing up. You know what, scratch that, you probably still want to be him. Well, fortunately for you, you don’t need a Hollywood budget to become 007 or even pass an entrance exam to MI6. All you need is a little help from your friends here at Addicted (and a healthy imagination, of course).
It’s All About the Suit
Even when he’s hanging off the roof of a speeding train, 007 manages to look effortlessly hip. And that has nothing to do with Daniel Craig’s pout or Roger Moore’s slightly condescending look. Nope, it’s all about the threads.
Now, we’re going to go all out here and suggest that you have a suit custom tailored. Yes, it’s a little more expensive, but this suit should last a lifetime, and if you keep that sweet tooth under control should always fit.
Some will suggest the more modern navy suit, but we’re after a classic Bond look so you’re going to go with the grey mohair and wool suit Bond wore in Dr. No.
The Perfect Shoes
Nothing goes better with a grey suit than a pair of brown leather brogues preferably from a London shoemaker such as John Lobb or Tricker’s. A high-quality pair of handmade shoes not only finishes off your Bond look but it along with your suit puts you in the right frame of mind that will help you carry off the look. We won’t say it will make you cocky, but there’s nothing that gives the old confidence a boost more than tailored threads and shoes. And we all know how confident Bond is.
Now, we’d love to tell you to go out and buy an Aston Martin, but let’s be realistic about this. You could hire one for the day and take a spin through the mountains, but we’re thinking practicality here, and so it’s public transport for you. Bond likes his nice cars, but he’s not a man for limos, so it’s a black cab or a double-decker bus for you. Besides, you may want to have a drink at some point, which brings us to our next point.
You’re expecting us to say a dry martini shaken not stirred, but let’s be honest, it’s an acquired taste, and not many will have the stomach for it. If you’re looking for the drink to complement your outfit, then a brandy or even a Scotch will have the same effect image-wise as Bond’s Vesper martini.
Now, as you know, Mr. Bond is quite the master when it comes to the casino, and all your work will be for nought if you fail to understand the rules of roulette or blackjack. So, learn how to play, practice the terminology involved and pay close attention to the rules. If you lose but look like you know what you’re doing (or don’t care), then you’ll look that much hip for it.
Bond has a reputation as a ladies’ man, and it’s fair to say that he has been with quite a few. But if you pay close attention, you’ll notice that he is also the epitome of gentlemanly conduct. He always holds the door open, pulls out chairs, says thank you to the waitstaff and is pretty much the typical gentleman, a la Roger Moore. So, instead of acting like a peacock strutting your stuff, spend more time being humble and quietly confident, and you’ll pull off the Bond look with ease.
So, all it takes is a tailored suit, some high-quality shoes and a boatload of confidence at the casino and with your date and no one will be able to tell the difference between yourself and the enigmatic Bond. Okay, so maybe it’s not that easy, but an Aston Martin would go a long way in all fairness. But trust us on the tailored grey suit and the shoes. Just watch Dr. No again, and you’ll see what we mean.