Who is James Bond?

In 1952, author and British journalist Ian Fleming created the fictional character, James Bond. Bond is a Secret Service agent who is based on a number of commandos that Ian Fleming met while serving in the Naval Intelligence Division during WWII. Fleming coined the name James Bond from American ornithologist James Bond. Code number 007 comes from one of the British naval intelligence’s most significant successes during World War I: cracking the German diplomatic code.

While all James Bond films have fundamentals such as thrilling storylines, pretty women, unique and fascinating villains, exotic locations, incredible gadgets and vehicles, and notable gestures, each movie has changed these basics to conform with the period in which it was published. The same can be said to the fantastic soundtracks that go with these cult classics. The styles of the songs may change, but they often conform to being big, belted ballads.

The most significant difference has always fallen on the actor’s interpretation of Bond. Let’s have a brief look at how each actor has portrayed this loveable character.

And Action 

Connery in Amsterdam in July 1971, filming Diamonds Are Forever. Source: en.wikipedia.org
Connery in Amsterdam in July 1971, filming Diamonds Are Forever. Source: en.wikipedia.org

Sean Connery – He played Bond as a sophisticated, classically handsome, threatening, and ideal specimen. Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, and Never Say Never Again were the films he starred in.

Roger Moore in 1973, photographed by Allan Warren. Source: en.wikipedia.org
Roger Moore in 1973, photographed by Allan Warren. Source: en.wikipedia.org

Roger Moore – Moore was more cocky, sarcastic, and family-friendly. Moore appeared in a number of films, including Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, and A View to a Kill. Roger Moore was the longest-serving Bond actor, with a total of twelve years in the role.

Timothy Dalton – The following two Bond films starred Timothy Dalton: The Living Daylights and License to Kill. His Bond was more like Fleming’s character in the novels, who was a reluctant agent. Dalton, on the other hand, took a more serious and gritty approach.

Pierce Brosnan – Pierce Brosnan was Bond’s successor, appearing in four films: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day. Brosnan added more action and reintroduced a touch of suave to Bond.

Daniel Craig. Source Pinterest
Daniel Craig. Source Pinterest

Daniel Craig – Daniel Craig is the most recent Bond actor. His take on the fictional character is more dangerous, flawed, emotionally wounded, and egotistical than the original.

The style behind these men

James Bond is the master of everything he surveys when it comes to men’s style. The doyen of dapperness, the don of debonair. Several papers have been written about his wardrobe. James Bond’s Suits are the subject of entire websites. Dressed to Kill, a book written in the early 1990s, annotated the various passages and patterns Bond has embraced. Every Bond film has featured a strong sense of style that adds to 007’s allure, elegance, and sophistication. Today’s brands are clamoring to be a part of the secret agent’s wardrobe, and for a good reason: who doesn’t want a little Bond in their style?

Bond is now in his seventh decade in Hollywood. As you would expect, his style has evolved significantly over the years. Bond has worn a variety of outfits, including dinner coats, traditional tuxedos, Scottish Highland wear, formal morning dress, one-piece yellow ski suits, and tropical tops.

James Bond in Ian Fleming’s novels was not quite as fashionable as he is today. Of course, various costume designers and choreographers have updated Bond’s appearance over the course of two dozen Bond films. Furthermore, product placements now play a far more prominent role than they did 40 years ago.

Bond is, without a doubt, an intense character who prefers action to words. As a result, his clothing plays a vital role in defining who he is and how he wants to be viewed. He also keeps his color palette simple to maintain a unified look that has become something of a trademark for him. Nothing is overdone, and Bond sticks to muted colors, white shirts, and discreet designs. Even though Bond adapts to the times, some features, such as the classic suit, remain constant. Bond is typically well-dressed. When the occasion calls for it, he wears a tuxedo, a suit when he reports to MI6, and a down jacket and boots when he’s at one with nature.