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A licence for a Killer Style: A Homage to James Bond’s Style | Jamie Tuohy

Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

A list of names that is synonymous with one man – James Bond. Since its inception back in 1953, by author Ian Fleming, the James Bond franchise has gone on to become an internationally recognised powerhouse industry, moulding actors into generation-defining icons, creating the famous Bond girl and permitting every guy to ask for his drink shaken, not stirred. For the last 50 years, the 007 agent has been outfoxing, outwitting and overpowering his enemies, all the while racking up a mind-boggling amount of beautiful notches on his bedpost. Incredibly suave, charming and intelligent, it’s no surprise that Mr Bond has become an aspirational figure for guys all over the world. While his globe-trotting and death-defying antics might not be attainable for the general majority of the male species, the spy’s sartorial style is certainly something we can all learn from. As well as trumping his opponents in every aspect of international espionage, James Bond has outdressed everyone from Dr. Julius No to Auric Goldfinger, all the while operating on a licence to kill. 

When creating the character of Bond, it is believed that Ian Fleming chose an “anonymous, pared down version of his own wardrobe” and while, over the years various stylists and directors have helped to mould Bond’s look, it is from Fleming’s iconic template they work. Fleming himself was an impeccable dresser, if not slightly more lavish than his most famous protagonist. He chose ‘off-Row’ tailors [tailors just off Savile Row] for his own attire, but James Bond’s tailors are never revealed in any one of Fleming’s books. The author has admitted that this often posed a problem, as it often became hard to reconcile his jet-setting character with reality. However, this is what makes Bond such an aspirational figure and readers and viewers alike are willing to suspend disbelief when Bond grapples with villains and emerges suavely unscathed, with mere scratches on his bespoke suit.

When Sean Connery appeared in Dr. No wearing a pared down, single-breasted grey suit, he set the stylish benchmark for the character’s dapper apparel. The suit was designed by Anthony Sinclair, and the suit became known as the ‘Conduit Cut’ (as his studio was on Conduit St). Bond makes no reference to his suit’s origins, other than to say it is from Savile Row, and from Connery to Craig, the classic look which was established in Dr. No has remained as constant as his Bond-girl dalliances.

It’s hard not to describe Bond’s style in generic, overused adjectives – his look is classic, iconic and timeless, but it deserves so much more than such a regurgitated, clichéd description. It’s difficult to think of a more stylish male character in literature or film and there certainly hasn’t been one who embodies Bond’s endless charm and predilection for thrill-seeking. His clothes are a reflection of his lifestyle – they are made to suit and reflect him. From Russian rumblings to Caribbean canoodling, James Bond’s clothing is always suitable to the occasion.

                              

Over the years, directors have been conscious of era and as the decades have progressed, Bond’s style has simultaneously evolved, whilst still adhering to Fleming’s original vision. Earlier movies saw the likes of Connery and Moore essentially wearing suits exclusively, but as the franchise moved into the 21st century, actors such as Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig brought a touch of new-world charm to the spy’s look. Of course, Connery was never shy of donning a pair of chinos when the occasion demanded it, but recently, Bond’s look has seen him incorporating well-fitting jeans and a smart polo shirt alongside the trusted tuxedo made famous by Connery. Proving that Bond can do casual, no one will ever forget Daniel Craig’s infamous speedo scene in Casino Royale. This aspect of his look might not be the kind of thing us Irish holiday-makers will sport during our summer getaway, but his loose-fitting linen suits in the Bahamas are an excellent lesson in appropriate dressing for an occasion.

As well as a successful career in international espionage and womanising, James Bond can add ‘style icon’ to his list of achievements. With 50 years of style and espial dominance under his belt, the 007 secret-agent has well and truly earned that Martini. Shaken, not stirred…of course.

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The latest trailer for the new James Bond movie, “Skyfall” has been released and the film looks set to be an action-packed extravaganza of espionage, murder and betrayal.

The movie which is directed by Sam Mendes, will see Daniel Craig playing the 007 agent for the third time and “Skyfall” will involve Bond faking his own death, only to re-emerge alive and well in M’s offices.

In the trailer, M, who is played by the legendary actress Judi Dench appears to be preparing an obituary for the ‘late’ secret service agent and is later seen viewing a row of coffins, each draped with Union Jack flags. However, Craig soon enters, telling her “Commander Bond reporting for duty.”

In another clip from the trailer, Bond converses with the film’s villain, played by Javier Bardem, telling him that “everyone needs a hobby” and in classic Bond wit, his is “Resurrection.”

The main plot of the movie is revealed in the trailer: a drive was stolen containing the identities of all British secret agents and later uploaded online. There’s also a new Q in “Skyfall” – portrayed by Ben Whishaw and this movie will be the second time Bond has faked his death, having previously feigned mortality in “You Only Live Twice.”

Cannot wait to see it!

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Cheryl Cole is a Knockout in GQ – Jamie Tuohy

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Check out Cheryl Cole’s sensational new shoot on the cover of the June issue of British GQ! The pop princess looks ravishingly sexy in the feature which was shot by Mariano Vivanco. The interview delves into Cheryl’s life, focusing on her tumultuous year which saw her battle malaria and resulted in her “unceremonious sacking” from X Factor USA.

The Call My Name singer reveals that her life became unbearable in the few years with constant media scrutiny and paparazzi camped outside her house being ubiquitous elements in her life. The interview probes into Cheryl’s relationship status, as Johnathan Heaf quizzes her about her relationship with her ex-husband Ashley. This is needless and futile – we all know Cheryl isn’t going to talk about her relationships ever again and the constant questions about Ashley are incredibly old and boring. She divorced him two years ago – move on and get over it, because that’s exactly what Cheryl has done.

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 Far from playing the hard done-by victim, Cheryl is keen to forge an image beyond the realms of X Factor  and her new album A Million Lights is packed with powerful tracks that showcase her feisty and fun sides. Admitting that the last few years have nearly driven her to breaking-point, and at one juncture in the interview, Cheryl states that she found herself begging her ‘team’ to help her and it was suggested that she seek therapy – a suggestion which Cheryl rebuked. However, for the Geordie singer, this is not the image she wants to portray – insisting that she is now “bulletpoof” and is very much “still mouthy”.

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Cheryl tells us that she would very much like to have children and that she feels that she was put on this earth to be a mother – revealing that she would love to call her son Alfie. She also says that her days of feuding are well and truly gone, saying “that stuff doesn’t come into my life any more”. The long commented on feuds between herself, Lily Allen and Charlotte Church are apparently “nonexistent” and she insists that she isn’t holding any grudges towards Simon Cowell.

Her new video for Call My Name opens with a quote from French writer Marquis de Sade – “the only way to a woman’s heart is along the path of torment” and it appears that Cheryl sees pain as a necessary sacrifice for the life she leads, but she isn’t going to let her suffering and turmoil define her – she has emerged as a more tolerant and philosophical person. A savvy businesswoman who recognises the importance of marketing, Cheryl Cole is fully intent on reaffirming her name as a global superstar.

Cheryl’s new album A Million Lights will be released on June 18 and the album’s debut single Call My Name will be available on June 10.

Check out Cheryl Cole’s interview with Jonathan Heaf in June’s British GQ and also look out for articles on wedding etiquette for us guys and a new James Bond exhibition! It’s a good’un and is in shops now!

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Jamie.

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