The Actor Known For Looking As Good In His Speedos As He Does In A Tuxe Gets Our Sartorial Salute 

Written By Lizzie Homersham

Few would have imagined that Bond’s missions might, in addition to the usual tasks of driving fast cars, operating futuristic gadgetry, and solving top secret crimes, encompass escorting the Queen from Buckingham Palace to the the biggest sporting event in history. But the Bond played by Daniel Craig accomplished this unlikely assignment with ease. What’s more, Craig’s immaculately cut dinner jacket, fixed with a black bow tie and showing just the right amount of white shirt sleeve beneath each cuff, proved the perfectly straight-laced foil to the Queen’s somewhat camped-up regalia (a pale pink feathered fascinator and matching sequinned frock with an asymmetric pleated skirt). This simple yet refined Bond suit owes its sharpness and longevity to Anthony Sinclair, the tailor who made every suit for Sean Connery’s appearances as 007, and whose design has been revered and replicated ever since.
There is clearly more to Daniel Craig than his tuxedo, and indeed his role as James Bond; as the actor from Liverpool told a GQ interviewer earlier this year, ‘I like dressing up and showing off. The more the better’, and a look at Craig’s appearances in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011) and Our Friends in the North (1996) amply testify. Both the film and the TV series sees Craig sampling a classic wardrobe: in the former he accessorises denim shirts and heavy ribbed knits with a navy blue and bottle green check scarf to protect against the Scandinavian cold, while the latter finds him back in the realm of tailoring, albeit in a more casual, less exclusive-looking form – featuring white shirts, wine coloured waistcoats, navy tie and floppy hair – than the inevitably flawless get up he sports as Bond.
1. Martin Campbell, director of Casino Royale, recalls that ‘The press complained (about the casting of Craig) because he was blonde, and said he looked like Vladimir Putin’ (Guardian, 2011)
2. In an interview with the BBC about the forthcoming Bond film Skyfall, Craig claimed that the film industry would be ‘a sadder and more boring place’ without Bond.
3. Craig was named Esquire Magazine’s ‘Best Dressed Male’ in 2006.
4. Not only is Craig the first blond-haired actor to play bond Bond, at 5 feet and 11 inches, he is also the shortest man yet to be cast in one of film history’s most iconic roles.
5. Though playing Bond involves plenty of gun handling, Craig has said: ‘I hate handguns. Handguns are used to shoot people and as long as they are around, people will shoot each other. That's a simple fact. I've seen a bullet wound and it was a mess. It was on a shoot and it scared me. Bullets have a nasty habit of finding their target and that's what's scary about them.’