No matter how ‘gritty’ James Bond’s recent cinematic appearances are intended to be, the fact remains that 007 is a fictional character. But that’s not to say the man can’t teach you a thing or two about style.

To celebrate the arrival of Spectre, the 24th instalment in the spy film franchise, we take a look at some of Bond’s favourite brands, speak to some of them, and offer up a few words of advice on dressing to kill.

Sunspel

Daniel Craig as James Bond In Casino Royale - Sunspel Polo Shirt

Where better to start than the basics. Luxury basics, that is. Known for its premium off-duty pieces, British label Sunspel entered the world of espionage with Casino Royale (2006), in which Daniel Craig wore its nattily tailored Riviera polo shirt.

“We had worked with costume designer Lindy Hemming for years and she really wanted to use Sunspel in the film,” says Nicholas Brooke, CEO of Sunspel. “After visiting our factory, she picked a polo shirt from the archive and we updated it with a contemporary fit for Daniel.”

But it’s the 1860-born brand’s undies Bond favours for Spectre. “At this stage we don’t know what will be visible in the film but we sent our stretch cotton trunks and briefs in navy and white.”

Men's Sunspel Clothing

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Tom Ford

Daniel Craig as James Bond In Skyfall - Tom Ford Dinner Jacket

From Sean Connery’s Anthony Sinclair suits – worn by the Scotsman for every Bond film from Dr. No (1962) to Diamonds Are Forever (1971) – to Pierce Brosnan’s appearances in Brioni, Bond has always been defined by his tailoring.

But while tradition-steeped British and Italian tailoring houses have outfitted 007 for the bulk of his career, 2008’s reboot of the brand, Quantum of Solace, saw Texan-born eveningwear designer Tom Ford take the reins.

And for good reason. Known for his contemporary takes on mid-century menswear, Ford combines premium materials, slim, form-flattering cuts and exemplary Italian craftsmanship to create tailoring – from Quantum of Solace’s overcoats to Skyfall’s ‘O’Connor’ dinner jacket – that looks modern while on Her Majesty’s secret service.

Men's Tom Ford Clothing

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N. Peal

Daniel Craig as James Bond In Spectre - N. Peal Roll Neck

As fabrics go, cashmere isn’t the butchest of them, but then again Bond isn’t exactly a bar brawler. Known for its luxuriously soft handfeel, this premium wool has been at the core of 007’s wardrobe for years, from Timothy Dalton’s checked cashmere blazer in The Living Daylights (1987) to Pierce Brosnan’s Ballantyne knits in Die Another Day (2002).

As with many other elements of Bond’s wardrobe, Craig’s outings as Bond have marked departures in brand allegiances, with 1936-born Mayfair label N. Peal now the spy’s knitwear go-to.

Find the upscale knitwear brand’s round neck cashmere jumper (masterfully styled with a one-of-a-kind Barbour jacket) in Skyfall or see its charcoal roll neck showing off Bond’s brawl-ready silhouette in one of Spectre’s official promo posters.

Men's N.Peal Clothing

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Turnbull & Asser

Sean Connery as James Bond In Dr. No -  Turnbull & Asser Shirt

There are, unsurprisingly, very few similarities between British royalty and Bond, but a love of Turnbull & Asser shirts is one of those rare exceptions. Celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, the storied Jermyn Street shirtmaker has dressed some of the world’s pre-eminent men – including Connery and Brosnan in Dr. No and The World Is Not Enough (1999), respectively.

“Our relationship with Bond began back in 1962 with the release of Dr. No,” says Dean Gomilsek-Cole, Head of Design at Turnbull & Asser. “Terence Young, the film’s director, was a customer of Turnbull & Asser and saw our shirts as a perfect wardrobe piece for the suave character they were creating.”

Soon afterward, Connery was brought in for fittings and the ‘James Bond cuff’ – a two-button cuff with a turn-back detail – was born.

Men's Turnbull & Asser Shirts and Ties

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Crockett & Jones

Daniel Craig as James Bond In Spectre - Crockett & Jones Shoes

Bond has done his fair share of sh*t kicking throughout fifty-odd years on the big screen. And few would argue that he didn’t look damn good doing it, too.

While legendary British shoemakers Church’s and John Lobb shod Bond for many a mission, Northampton-based Crockett & Jones are current costume designer Jany Tamime’s shoemakers of choice, with the label’s footwear having already cropped up in Skyfall and its current season Alex (a wholecut Oxford), Norwich (a Dainite rubber-soled Derby), Radnor (a Commando rubber-soled boot) and Camberley (a double monk-strap boot) styles all starring in Spectre.

“All of the styles that have been provided for Bond are Goodyear-welted,” says Philippa Jones, Export Manager at Crockett & Jones. “It’s a technique widely known to produce very comfortable and durable shoes – I suspect the latter being more important in this particular case.”

Requiring over 200 operations spread out over an 8-10 week period, each pair of Crockett & Jones shoes and boots is testament to steely determination – a fitting choice of footwear for a man who, for the greater good, often finds himself sprinting on top of train carriages or, you know, tobogganing down the side of a mountain in a cello case.

Men's Crockett and Jones shoes and boots

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Omega

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond In Goldeneye - Omega Seamaster Watch

If there’s one thing James Bond understands, it’s the importance of a good watch. And while we can’t tell you where to find one with an in-built buzz saw, integrated detonator or laser beam functionality, we can suggest you look to Swiss luxury watch brand Omega’s world-renowned Seamaster if you want to tap a little of 007’s timeless style.

Although it was Rolex that Bond creator Ian Fleming named as the British spy’s favoured watch brand in 1963 novel On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, every Bond film since GoldenEye (1995) has featured a variation of the carefully crafted and subtly detailed Seamaster.

Expect to see Omega’s latest special editions, the Seamaster Aqua Terra James Bond and the Seamaster 300, grace Daniel Craig’s wrist in Spectre.

Men's Omega Seamaster Watches

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Persol

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond In Goldeneye - Persol Sunglasses

Whether a ring camera (1985’s A View To A Kill), car invisibility cloak (Die Another Day) or bagpipe flamethrower (The World Is Not Enough), Bond’s success has been built on his arsenal of (admittedly sometimes outlandish) gadgets.

No surprise then, that his chosen eyewear label is known for its effortless marriage of sophisticated technology and peerless style. Persol, founded in Turin, Italy in 1917, has made its name on eyewear built for purpose – whether that’s an ambitious expedition in The Himalayas or a Russian space mission.

While Cartier, Bogner and Cutler and Gross have all at one point or another graced the bridge of Bond’s nose, Persol has made more appearances – including GoldenEye, Die Another Day and Casino Royale – than any other Bond-approved optical brand.

Men's Persol Sunglasses

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How To Dress Like Bond

Eager to add some British Secret Service style to your looks? Knowing the brands Bond wears is only half the battle, so we asked some of them for tips on dressing to kill, too:

“Buy pieces that fit. Bond would never wear something that wasn’t a precision piece. A bespoke shirt is the perfect place to start.”
Dean Gomilsek-Cole, Head of Design at Turnbull & Asser

“Always make sure you choose the finest quality clothing when dressing down; it’s the small details that count.”
Nicholas Brooke, CEO of Sunspel

“Buy British. Bond, and his (British) style, is timeless. Most of the creations that come from the various makers across the UK have heritage and meaning, which goes beyond design and style.”
Philippa Jones, Export Manager at Crockett & Jones

Final Word

There you have it: an insight into 007’s most trusted labels and how to bring a little of his raffish charm to your wardrobe. And not a ‘Shaken, not stirred’ pun in sight.

Are there any other Bond-approved brands you’d add to this list? Or maybe you have some intel on how to dress like Britain’s best-loved secret agent?

Drop your comments below.