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Last night marked the London premier of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall.  Fans turned out in droves to catch a glimpse of the stars of the film, and even Charles & Camilla.  Daniel Craig walked the red carpet in what appeared to be a blue shawl collar dinner jacket from Tom Ford which differed only slightly from the classic black number he sports in the movie.

At some point in the film – my guess is it follows London – 007 finds himself in Shanghai where he encounters the beautiful Severine played by French actress Berenice Marlohe.  The trailer shows an encounter where he inquires about her boss, who we may assume to be Javier Bardem’s character.  They later film a shower scene together, and at another point he watches her in a hotel room from across the street (more on that later this week.)

The shawl collar tuxedo is very classic, and fairly easy to find in most stores including, yep you guessed it, J.Crew.  And if you hadn’t already figured it out, I have assembled a kit below highlighting the elements to Bond’s sleek style using mostly items found at J.Crew.  Can you spot the one that isn’t?

Clockwise From Top Left:

Ludlow Shawl-Collar Tuxedo with Slim Pants in Italian Wool | $525, Jacket $265, Pants

Satin bow tie | $52

White linen pocket square | $42

Omega Seamaster Special Edition | From $4,195, Omegawatches.com

Preston bluchers | $215

Black satin cummerbund | $75

Thomas Mason® for J.Crew Ludlow bib tuxedo shirt | $148

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Like in an good Bond film, Skyfall takes Commander Bond back to London.  From what I can gather from the story & trailers (possible spoiler alert) is that after the first scene in Istanbul, James is presumed dead and “enjoys death” somewhere in Turkey (more on that tomorrow) before some unknown forces him to come back to London to make things right with MI6, etc.  In the above image, we see Daniel Craig as Bond standing on some London rooftop gazing out over his home city with the Union Jack flapping in the background.

Bond’s style here is rather simple and London conservative.  Luckily, I was able to find good options for all pieces at J.Crew (see, I don’t like to scour a lot of websites for this sort of thing.  I do 90% of my shopping at J.Crew, so why not feature it predominantly?) from a heavy English wool suit to the black shoes, overcoat, scarf, & gloves.

Clockwise from top left:

Ludlow Fielding Three-Button Suit in Heathered English Wool | Jacket, $750, Pants, $375

Thomas Mason® For J.Crew Spread-Collar Dress Shirt in Fine Stripe | $135

Portolano® for J.Crew cashmere-lined leather gloves | $138

Mayfair topcoat in wool-cashmere | $398

Alden® for J.Crew black leather longwing bluchers | $515

Mini-herringbone wool tie | $59.50

Cashmere scarf | $98

I was recently on the Men’s Health website when I saw a link to the video for the workout Daniel Craig performed on Mondays in preporation to play James Bond in Casino Royale (2006). Perhaps I will try it next week. Ill let you know how that “works out…”

Every year I like to buy myself either a new watch, or a new pair of sunglasses.  Over the last two years because of work/financial situations I’ve been conservative on purchases only buying a pair of Ray Ban Caravans because I actually needed new sunglasses.  I don’t need a new watch right now even though I am eyeballing that Longines Hydroconquest Chronograph with the rubber strap.  Like the watch, these Persol sunglasses would be an unnecessary, yet wonderfully luxurious purchase.  The lenses are probably as wide, but not as tall as say a Ray Ban Wayfarer.  Like my every day glasses, these fit my face properly, and damn do I love the color.

I’m not gonna lie – like the watch, these shades are inspired by Casino Royale. Daniel Craig wears this exact model in a few scenes.  Pierce Brosnan & George Clooney have even been spotted in these.  And who wouldn’t aspire to be at least one of those guys for a day, or to at least look as cool as the do in sunglasses?

That’s what I thought.

~Sam

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