Esquire Offers James Bond Fashion Tips, Daniel Craig Interview, Hayley Atwell Pictures
Daniel Craig is on the cover of the newest issue of Esquire Magazine. Though the cover is to promote his new movie, Cowboys and Aliens, our man Bond is listed first (and biggest) in the copy, more prominent than Cowboys or even the guaranteed blockbuster The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. (Esquire's been around a long time; they know how to sell magazines!) In addition to the Craig interview (which conveys the actor's enthusiasm for Bond 23, even if it doesn't reveal any new information about the film), Esquire's website also offers a great slideshow on Bond's sartorial style, "A Fashion Lesson to Learn from (Nearly) Every James Bond." (Yes, it's poor George who gets left out. I guess Esquire doesn't think there's a place in today's world of menswear for the classic kilt-and-puffy-shirt combo.) I particularly like their takeaway from Timothy Dalton's tenure: "lose the tie." I like it because they encourage men to "keep this idea in your back pocket for the next wedding." I happen to be going to a wedding on Saturday, and since it will be outdoors in the middle of the day on what's likely to be one of the hottest days of the year, I was just making the case to my girlfriend last week that it might be a viable option to forgo the tie. (Unfortunately, even with the weight of a tastemaker like Esquire in my court, I was still overruled.) I also like that they make note of how well Brosnan wore overcoats, because I was always struck by that in his movies.
Also worth checking out in this issue of Esquire is an interview with/pictorial of the best thing about the 2009 Prisoner miniseries, actress Hayley Atwell. (She's promoting her new movie, Captain America.) In it, Atwell rightly dismisses The Prisoner remake as "a complete joke." She clarifies: "I mean, with all due respect, it was like, 'What the hell is going on?'" Well said, Hayley. And what a shame. Oh well.
My thanks to HMSS for initially spotlighting this story.