From a style point of view we’re particularly interested in the 50th Anniversary of James Bond as a movie franchise.
Bond is often held up as a British style icon. Yet when we turn back to the pages of Ian Fleming’s original novels, we find precious few clues as to Bond’s taste in suits, shirts and accessories. Perhaps Fleming found it all rather vulgar to indulge in such blatant “product placement” as we would call it in the 21st Century. Changed days.
Our mission is to piece together the clues left by Fleming, and add them to the more detailed production notes from the films from 1962 to the present day and thus compile a dossier on that most elusive of style icons.
No. 002: Shirts
The closest thing Bond has to an “official” shirtmaker is Turnbull & Asser of Jermyn Street who outfitted Connery in the first few movies, Daniel Crag in the last few and Ian Fleming himself.
Being a man of action, Bond selects button cuffs over French, doing away with cufflinks which can become an encumbrance when one has to remove one’s shirt in a hurry.
Turnbull & Asser has outlets in New York City and Beverly Hills, but its flagship operation remains on Jermyn Street here in London. They have a warrant from the Prince of Wales and shirted statesmen such as Winston Churchill and Ronald Regan. Gatsby’s shirts in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby are made by Turnbull and Asser.