In the opening sequence of the trailer for No Time To Die – the new Cary Joji Fukunaga-directed Bond film that is to be released in April of next year – Daniel Craig is shown wearing a beautifully cut, fudge-hued, single-breasted suit with a slate blue button-down shirt and a knitted midnight blue tie.
I’ve got to be honest, I enjoy a good Bond romp as much as the next man, but it’s not really my genre. Sure, this new instalment looks fun and action-packed, and Léa Seydoux remains a thoroughly modern Bond girl, but I’m more of a teary period drama and true crime doc kind of guy.
That being said, even I have noticed over the years that the Bond wardrobe department really pulls its weight. It’s not an overstatement to say that every time a new 007 film is released the subtle shifts in Craig’s wardrobe inspire a whole generation of men to dress a little bit better.
In Spectre he taught us how to wear black tailoring; in Skyfall he bossed the hunting jacket and scarf look; while in Casino Royale, well, in one stride of the leg and flex of the pec he legitimised baby blue budgie smugglers forever, which is no small feat.
The flash of suit that is revealed in this new trailer proves that Craig is about to set the bar all over again.
The first point worth noting is the subtle tonal and textural interplay between his shirt, jacket and tie. All the colours are complementary without being matchy matchy and the textures of the fabrics bring out the best in each other: the subtle ruching of the tie against the crispness of the shirt, the brushed effect of the jacket against the smoothness of Craig’s 51-year-old (51) neck.
Then there’s the cut of that suit. The trousers are fitted close to the leg without being tight, while the jacket has enough structure in the shoulder to create breadth without looking grand-standy. It’s a feat of subtle tailoring mastery.
In short, this is the exact outfit you should wear to all those summer weddings you have coming up next year. Smart without being formal, elegant without looking try-hard – and totally warm weather appropriate – just be sure not to say anything like, “Shaken, not stirred” or “I’ve got no time to die, but plenty of time for a drink!” at any point, because you’ll ruin it.
Here’s how to get the look yourself:
Suit jacket by Brunello Cucinelli, $3522 at mrporter.com
Shirt by Brunello Cucinelli, $473 at brunellocucinelli.com
Tie by Brunello Cucinelli, $250 at brunellocucinelli.com
Boots by Ermenegildo Zegna, $880 at mrporter.com