Becoming Bond: How To Be More Like The World-Famous Spy

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Get his wardrobe, watch and car

Want to be more like James Bond? It’s easy. You just need his wardrobe, his watch, his car and a top-secret mission to embark on. The following ideas should help:

Dress like Bond

There is more to perfecting Bond’s look than simply donning a sharp suit. After all, what does the spy wear in his downtime, riding around in a speedboat or relaxing at the beach? Luckily, Orlebar Brown has made it easy to mimic Bond’s fashion sense with a new capsule collection. Working with EON Productions, the UK film company that has made all of the Bond films since 1962, the brand has created pieces inspired by the outfits of Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Roger Moore.

The specific movies that Orlebar Brown has looked to are Dr No, Goldfinger,Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man with the Golden Gun and A View to a Kill. There are shirts, zip tops, swim shorts, jackets and even espadrilles closely matching those worn by Bond onscreen. Want a white dress shirt like the example worn by Lazenby at the start of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service? It’s yours. Or the shorts worn by Connery in Thunderball? No problem.

Each item from the Orlebar Brown collection bears a remarkable similarity to the version worn in the movie. The attention to detail is extensive. For example, the labelling inside the towelling robe reads ‘The property of Dr Julius No, Crab Key’, recalling a scene from Dr No, where Connery and Ursula Andress are imprisoned on Crab Key island and outfitted in similar attire.

Drive Bond’s car

The most iconic of all the Bond cars is undoubtedly the Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger. Would you like to own one, complete with all of the gadgets? Aston Martin is currently building 25 limited edition replicas as part of its Continuation line, where it recreates past models. Working with EON Productions, the film company behind the Bond movies, it is hand-building the cars at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell in the UK, which is where the original DB5 was built between 1963 and 1965.

The special effects guru from the movies, Chris Corbould, is also involved, as the car is set to feature simulated versions of all of Bond’s gadgets, including pop-up machine guns, revolving numberplates, battering rams at the front and back, and oil slick and smokescreen delivery systems. Inside is a simulated radar screen tracker map, plus underseat weapons, with the button for the ejector seat hidden in the gearknob. All of the cars will be finished in Silver Birch paint, just like the original James Bond car. The Goldfinger DB5 Continuation models will cost £2.75 million (AED12.24 million) each.

Buy Bond’s sunglasses

In addition to watches, cars and a perfectly-tailored suit, Bond is also very particular when it comes to his sunglasses – an essential item if a mission were ever to bring him to the Middle East. In the most recent Daniel Craig movies, Bond has favoured Tom Ford – like the Snowdons he wore in Spectre. Sean Connery’s Polaroid Cool Rays in From Russia With Love and Pierce Brosnan’s blue-lensed X-ray specs from The World is Not Enough are among the others worn in previous big-screen outings.

But for the next movie, No Time to Die, at least according to the recent trailer, a new brand has taken over, as Daniel Craig is wearing a set of Barton Perreira ‘Joe’ frames, in black with vintage grey lenses. These feature thick acetate frames with a pronounced silhouette, with hand-engraved crosshatch grazes and temples. As well as black, you can find the frames in chestnut, matte midnight and mudslide, or as a striking combination.

Look for Barton Perreira sunglasses in Harvey Nichols at Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, or at The Counter in the Atlantis, The Palm hotel. But since the Bond connection was spotted, this particular set has been hard to find.

Get Bond’s watch

There is as much interest in the watches Bond wears onscreen as the cars he ends up driving. His favoured brand has traditionally been Rolex – it was in Ian Fleming’s second Bond novel, Live and Let Die, that his character’s watch was first identified as a Rolex, with Fleming reportedly a fan himself. This was then transferred to Bond’s first big-screen outing, with Sean Connery wearing a Rolex Submariner in Dr No.

The brand stayed with Bond all the way through to the Roger Moore years – the version in the Live and Let Die movie even had a circular saw fitted inside it to help him escape an enemy trap. Then from The Spy Who Loved Me onwards, Bond switched to Seiko digital watches, which reflected the craze of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

From Pierce Brosnan through to Daniel Craig, Bond now wears an Omega. Usually, this is an Omega Seamaster, with the brand even releasing a special edition to tie into the most recent movie, Spectre. It looks similar to the current Seamaster Professional Diver 300M in black ceramic and titanium.

Have a Bond-style day out

Get into the Bond spirit with a serious pampering session – try the award-winning 1847, which has 10 locations across the UAE and was recently voted the top Luxury Male Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards held in Russia. Here you can get everything you need in one handy location, including a haircut and shave, a manicure and pedicure, a massage, a facial and even hair removal treatments.

Then you need a mission. Dubai has a number of escape room challenges to try, which might help you to experience the thrill of a Bond-style adventure, such as Escape Hunt in Galleria Mall or Phobia in Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Or try some of the physical challenges at TEPfactor Dubai in Jumeirah Beach Residence – with its cave-like setting, you can pretend you are trapped in an enemy’s underground base.

At the end of the day, you will no doubt want to relax with a cocktail or two. Try the new Gent’s Night at Koubba Bar in the Jumeirah Al Qasr resort, every Tuesday from 5pm-3am. For AED160, you can enjoy four classic cocktails, neat or on the rocks, with views of the Burj Al Arab. Have a pleasant evening, Mr Bond.

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