Connery, Brosnan, Craig, Moore, Dalton, Niven, Lazenby – the gentlemen who have reprised the role of the world's best loved and best known secret agent have routinely scrubbed up on screen, effortlessly evoking the glossy glamour of everyone's favourite spy film franchise. Consistently shaken, and never, ever stirred, these gentlemen have oozed class and sophistication as 007, bringing debonair charm, villains and Bond girls to an international audience. But who wore it best?
To celebrate the upcoming release of the latest James Bond flick, SPECTRE (hitting UK cinema screens 26th October), we've surveyed the very best of Bond and come up with a definitive list of the most stylish 007s of all time.
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A controversial Bond, Dalton played the role of 007 with seriousness and grit, with little of the wit portrayed by crowd favourites Sean Connery and Roger Moore. This darker, more violent and less cuddly take on Bond divides opinion, with many fans relishing Dalton's more ruthless, realistic portrayal of the spy in License to Kill, while others mourned the loss of 007's lighter side. Whatever your take on Dalton's approach, there was one aspect of this Bond which was beyond question. Seen in the wider lapels and looser tailoring synonymous with the late 80s and early 90s, this was a Bond, James Bond, with real style.
Argue with Roger Moore's classic masculinity if you dare. The James Bond of the 70s and early 80s channelled Moore's own character, creating a glossy, international playboy persona for The Spy Who Loved Me. Appearing in iconic 007 flicks including Octopussy, For Your Eyes Only and The Man With the Golden Gun, Moore was (and remains) the epitome of Bond for many, effortlessly pulling off white dinner jackets and black bow ties with aplomb.
Sleek, cosmopolitan style was the name of the game for Brosnan's 90s & early 00s Bond. With many of the franchise's plots taking 007 to cooler climes, Brosnan also made a name for himself in immaculately cut, oversized winter wear.
The James Bond of choice for many a 007 superfan, Connery's original Bond set the tone for the entire franchise, decked out in sharp Tuxedos, immaculate white button down shirts and that classic black bow tie, this was a spy for the 60s – and for all time – who resonated pure cool.
The latest Bond incumbent, Daniel Craig, may be a controversial choice for best dressed Bond, but we challenge you to find a previous 007 who wears a Tuxedo with quite as much panache as the current 007. With a rich history of sleek spies to draw on, the James Bond wardrobe team have endless inspiration, plus a rugged Bond who carried of a sharp suit with effortless cool to work with, making Skyfall, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and – most likely – SPECTRE, some of the chicest Bond films to date.
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