James Bond – a man infamous for guns, girls, vodka martinis and suits. It comes as no surprise that when asked what would Bond wear to a casino, the simple and straightforward answer would be “a suit”. But there is no such thing as just “a suit”. There are so many more things to take into consideration, not just about the suit itself but right down to the smaller details, including shoes, cuff links and other finer accessories. If you want to pull of the James Bond look when entering a casino, you must take all elements of his look on board to succeed. Look no further than right here to learn the in’s and out’s of the classic Bond look.
When it comes to wearing a suit, you must take into consideration a few things. Tailored? Not tailored? Fitted? Loose? Black? White? Tuxedo? Waistcoat? Tie? Bow Tie?
Bond himself pulled off a variety of looks, which means there is more than one option for you too. The most common option is the black, tailored tuxedo. If you want to be taken seriously and to portray the image that you know what you’re about, you need to have an excellent suit. An ill fitting suit will do you no favours, so it’s best to pay out and get one tailor made. Bond often opted for a black tux with a white shirt and a black bow tie. This look is simple but sophisticated.
However, if you’re feeling a little more daring, sometimes Bond did opt for a white tux, and you too can do this. A white tux often speaks volumes about your wealth, and often it was Bond’s rich opponents who sported the white tux. This, of course, must be worn with a white shirt, and a bow tie. Whilst the common bow tie colour would be black, some men sometimes jazz their tux up by changing this colour, usually to colours such as baby blue, light pink or red.
Shoes can not be forgotten about, because a good suit is no good with bad shoes. The exact pair of shoes Bond opts for in Casino Royale are black John Lobb Luffield shoes- whilst you do not need to wear this exact pair, it is the style you should go for. Slightly pointed toes, black leather and with a good shine. Lace up men’s shoes often look classier than slip on one’s too, so bear this in mind when picking your footwear!
There are a variety of accessories you can choose from that will complete your Bond-style casino look. First of all, cuff links. These should be silver, and very sophisticated. Bond did not wear comedy cuff links in the shapes of golf clubs or guns and neither should you. Plain silver coloured and plain in shape, with maybe some slight diamond or engraving details. They shouldn’t be too ‘blingy’, as this doesn’t keep in with the classiness and elegance in which Bond presented himself.
Belt’s, again, must not be too clingy. A simple black leather with a silver buckle will emulate Bond’s style perfectly. Opting for a brand such as Tom Ford, Gucci or Prada will give you the status that Bond had, and whilst others around you may not know the expense of your belt, it will look instantly better than other belts from Topman or River Island.
Money clips are probably not an accessory you had thought of- but they are something that Bond had for his casino games and are something you will need too. Make sure they’re not too flashy, but they can be silver or gold and as long as they have a high shine and maybe some engraved detail of some kind, they will indicate to others that you mean business.
Wallets are vital, and again are probably not something you thought about when considering your Bond style outfit. Where will you put your money without it? Make sure the wallet is of a decent size, big enough to fit into one of your pockets but not too large. Real leather wallets with a simple design in black indicate that you can afford to shop for luxurious goods but don’t need to shout about it- this is the ultimate Bond style.
A luxurious watch will complete your outfit. Bond never wore much jewellery but a watch was the most common place of items that he did wear. Go as big or as flashy as you like, but make sure the colour of the strap, face and dials all co ordinate with your suit. If you’re wearing a black suit, a brown watch will not match. If you’re wearing a pink tie, a red watch will not match. The safest bet to go with is black and silver…but the size of the watch is up to you.
Above all else when it comes to Bond style is his manners and characteristics. It is all well and good emulating Bond’s visual style for your next trip to the casino, but do not forget to emulate his manners too. Shake hands with men that you meet, kiss ladies on the hand or on the cheek. Pull our chairs for ladies, offer to buy drinks for other players, be polite, smooth and suave. Pull all of this off, and you may even be taken for 007 yourself…don’t forget that vodka martini needs to be shaken, not stirred.
Once you’re all dressed up and ready to go it’s time to play an appropriate 007 style game. Did you know that Jame Bond’s favourite casino game is baccarat? Despite many people thinking it’s poker (because of Casino Royale). Give it a whirl and see if you can win enough to woo a Bond Girl.