No one’s done as much for the suit as James Bond. Since 1995’s ‘GoldenEye’ , Bond has given up his Savile Row pieces and adopted Italian luxury suit maker Brioni. This has turned out pretty well for 007 fans, as they can lay their hands on The Bond Tuxedo. The tux is similar to the prototype worn by Daniel Craig in ‘Casino Royale ’, with grosgrain peak lapels,a numbered label, and is laden with hidden compartments—a pistol holster and secret pockets. Get this sharp piece of spywear at Brioni at The Oberoi, Mumbai, for Rs3.15 lakh.
In ‘Casino Royale’, Craig wears the Omega Seamaster 300 M Chronometer. The special 007 edition is sold out at most stores, but you can get the standard-issue version for Rs1,13,800 at Popley La Classique, Grand Hyatt Plaza, Mumbai, and at select luxury watch retailers.
Smirnoff is the brand of vodka that goes into those famous shaken Martinis (Rs500 for 750ml). The Opium Den at The Oberoi, Mumbai, serves Bond’s signature Vesper Martini. If you want to shake some up at home, here’s the recipe in the spy’s own words, :
“A dry Martini,” he said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.”
“Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s (an English gin), one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet (a bitter French apéritif). Shake it very well until it’s ice cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel.”
While working in the US, Bond smoked king-sized Chesterfield cigarettes. His preferred cigarettes back home were made by Morland’s from a special blend of Balkan and Turkish tobacco. They’re not available today, but a carton of Chesterfield costs about Rs450 at select cigarette stores.
Bond has flirted with BMWs, Alfa Romeos, and Fords, but the Aston Martin has been linked with James Bond since the DB5 was driven by Sean Connery in ‘ Goldfinger ‘ in 1964. In ‘Casino Royale’ , Craig drove a new model of the Aston Martin—the DBS. It costs approx. $300,000 (about Rs1.2 crore) in the international market.