After a two year delay that felt like a decade due to lockdowns, the latest – and last to feature Daniel Craig – James Bond film No Time To Die is finally showing in Australian cinemas.
The much-anticipated fifth instalment of Craig-era 007 has already been praised as a fitting send-off to the actor’s tenure as the rakish MI6 agent.
Having left the agency, No Time To Die sees Bond pulled back into action despite being officially retired and residing in Jamaica.
A former friend in the CIA, Felix Leiter, contacts our favourite 007 agent asking for help with a mission to rescue a scientist gone AWOL.
Of course shit gets real, real quick. Cars, tech, weapons, the wardrobe changes, the watch – it’s pure Bond.
There’s been plenty of talk around what to expect from Daniel Craig’s last time appearing as the titular James Bond, especially on the sartorial stakes.
Previews and behind the scenes footage have shown that costume designers took a much more modern yet also relaxed approach to his style. The man’s retired for god’s sake. In Jamaica. Of course, you might be able to take the man out of MI6 but you can’t take away the fondness for finer things that came with the gig.
While there’s plenty of T-shirts, swimming trunks (not the infamous La Perla ones he wore in Casino Royale) and looser fits designed for tropics these are still in cuts and fibres worthy of a gentleman. Dressing down for Bond includes timeless polo shirts, N.Peal sweaters and a now infamous full corduroy suit from Italian label Massimo Alba.
Australian designer Michael Lo Sordo even makes an appearance, with a black silk dress by the Sydney-based designer being worn by the latest Bond girl Ana de Armas, joining George Lazenby as one of Australia’s key links to the Bond world.
Even with two years of delays due to the pandemic, details of the plot and Bond’s (well, Craig’s) fate has been kept fastidiously out of the media. A miracle in world where an Australian Prime Minister feels it’s okay to leak private text messages with foreign leaders.