Always admired James Bond? Well, you’re not alone.
With Daniel Craig heading a recent resurgence in 007’s activities, Britain’s favourite super spy is once again well and truly in the limelight. But the signature 'shaken, not stirred' style of Ian Fleming's suave MI6 agent isn’t easy to replicate. Obtaining that elusive quality requires a change on several levels - check out our guide to find out what makes Bond, Bond.
There’s no denying that 007 has expensive taste, but dressing well doesn’t lie solely in the price tag. A handful of classic suits (one dark blue, one grey and one black) will give you an outfit for any occasion, while a pair of Oxford shoes are the perfect accompaniment.
Bond was all about the silhouette, so if you can’t afford a bespoke suit, buy off-the-rack from high street stores and have it taken in by a professional tailor or seamstress. Add a crisp, white shirt and plain coloured tie to complete the look, or wear your collar open for a more casual look. Remember, 007 always looked sharp, so make sure your suit is pressed and your shoes are polished every evening.
So you’ve got the clothes down, but what about the rest? As well as making a fashion statement, Bond’s accessories often also serve another purpose. A wristwatch concealing a garotting wire or an explosive, a belt with a gun in the buckle - Q really went above and beyond in his work as a designer. Luckily, there are tons of trendy Bond-inspired gadgets on the market.
If you can’t afford a Rolex, a spy watch might just do the trick instead. Cufflinks are easier to find, with modern versions containing everything from compasses, pill boxes and dice, to USB sticks, screwdrivers and even secret compartments.
As the primary agent of one of the most powerful governments in the world, Fleming’s Bond took care to maintain peak physical fitness during active duty. But that’s not to say that he didn’t also enjoy the perks of his job. After an early morning session in the gym and a successful day at the office, the glamorous setting of a casino is the perfect place to unwind.
Your local casino is sure to serve up an evening of fun, or if you’re in the mood for a bit of home-based espionage, casinos such as Dr Vegas bring the lights of Monte Carlo to the comfort of your very own home. Just make sure you make your Martini shaken, not stirred.
Finally, the most important part of becoming Bond is the attitude. 007’s charm, wit and intelligence made the character, but his confidence was what made him a household name.
Being able to effortlessly fit into any situation, dominate conversations and stay cool under pressure is his trademark. Study psychology, spend time working out how people tick, and if in doubt, fake it till you make it. In no time you’ll be an International Man of Mystery.