It all started when director Terence Young took Sean Connery to Young’s own tailor, Anthony Sinclair.
The bespoke suit Connery wore as the first film James Bond in “Dr. No” was obviously a chance to say, “Here’s Mr. Yes.” Sinclair based the now-
renowned Conduit Cut on military dress uniforms, cinched at the waist and strong at the shoulder. As the decade opened, the Beatles were growing out their moptops, so this era still saluted an officer-turned-gentleman, with short hair and long limbs, in fighting trim but schooled in secrets.
Through Bond, Young suggested that becoming a sharp-dressed rake is achievable through wit and prowess, not wealth and peerage. And his most prized skills were as an enemy-eluder and a lady-killer, tasks that often overlapped.
Fast forward to the Daniel Craig era. The Bond physique is even more muscular, clad in suits that are more sultry. Craig has taken to cuts by Tom Ford, the Texas-born designer whose look is sexier and more international than Savile Row standards. The shawl-collar tux Craig wears in “Skyfall” looks a lot like the one he wore when squiring Her Majesty to the Olympics’ Opening Ceremonies.
From the Connery era to the Craig years, the Bond suits have always had lines as sharp as diamonds, which are — like the studly Bond ideal — forever.
Ned Martel is a Washington Post staff writer.