Monday, December 31, 2012

James Bond in a White Tuxedo or White Dinner Jacket

James Bond 007: White Tuxedo Jacket

Roger Moore
Roger Moore knew how to wear a tuxedo.

No review of the James Bond spy movies is complete without looking at James Bond film scenes that have the title character resplendent in a white tuxedo dinner jacket. Here, you may get a few insights into what the use of the white jacket has meant for the James Bond character, and how the people producing the film series (or mocking it) use it very subtly to create the James Bond image.

Roger Moore
Roger Moore protecting his Bond girls.

So many scenes are filmed at casinos and balls in the James Bond films that there have been untold chances for James Bond actors Daniel Craig, Sean Connery, Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, and Pierce Brosnan to don the trademark white tuxedo dinner jacket and order the martini shaken and not stirred.

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The red flower in Daniel Craig's lapel appears to be an homage to Sean Connery's similar attire.

Sometimes James Bond wears the full white tuxedo, but more often than not, just the white tuxedo dinner jacket. When sitting at a roulette table, a white tuxedo jacket or full-on white tuxedo, it's all the same for James Bond.

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Shaken, not stirred. Another subtle return to the classic James Bond.

Herewith, pictures of all of our favorite portrayers of James Bond 007 wearing a white tuxedo dinner jacket.

Sean Connery as James Bond
Sean Connery getting ready for the party - with his red flower.

That James Bond wears a white tuxedo jacket and wears it well was not exactly a secret in the '60s. The people producing the 1967 James Bond spoof "Casino Royale" made a very subtle (and usually unnoticed) reference to this by having the villain, Le Chiffre (played by Orson Welles), wear the white jacket instead of Bond.

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Orson Welles gets to wear the white jacket in "Casino Royale," flouting convention. Welles also ostentiously is smoking - smoking at that time was associated with the James Bond character (in fact, Sean Connery's very first appearance in "Doctor No" featured him smoking). So, as a spoof should, "Casino Royale" is proving the white-jacket tradition by consciously violating it.

I think Sean Connery pulled this look off best. He had a swarthy look that the white jacket accentuated. Roger Moore cut quite a dashing figure as well, in a more elegant and refined way. Daniel Craig looks a bit washed-out in white, but still presents a fine, muscular figure.

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You may notice a couple of Bonds missing from this page. The white-jacket imagery went out of fashion in the '80s and '90s for some reason known only to the people at EON. At least, I could not find any images of them in the white jacket. So, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan unfortunately cannot enhance our gallery. It is widely believed that the producers felt that the James Bond series had lost its way when they turned to the Daniel Craig version to reinstate it. They succeeded - and they used little tricks by returning to the white-tuxedo-jacket look to do it.

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Resuming the white-jacket tradition with Daniel Craig's character in the 2000s was a very subtle way that the producers established him as a classic Bond. Hollywood can be extremely subtle when it wants to be, so subtle that nobody notices, at least consciously. However, deep down, without even realizing it, putting Craig's Bond in a white jacket made him part of the team.

Roger Moore
Roger Moore.

Roger Moore
Roger Moore looking very dapper, as usual.

Sean Connery as James Bond

Sean Connery as James Bond
Sean Connery giving the look.

Sean Connery as James Bond
Sean Connery lighting his cigaret as he plans his next move.

Sean Connery as James Bond
Sean Connery checking at his watch: "Your time's almost up, thug."

Sean Connery as James Bond
Sean Connery with a red flower in his lapel, nice touch.

Sean Connery as James Bond
Sean Connery getting out of his wetsuit in "Diamonds are Forever."

George Lazenby as James Bond
George Lazenby as James Bond with Diana Rigg.

Sean Connery as James Bond in white tuxedo
Sean Connery close-up in his white tuxedo

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1 comment:

  1. Oh! These all white dinner jackets blows my mind, i am in love with all but as my preference Moore dinner jacket was bit more formal, classy and attractive but in my views Black tuxedos are much matter than these white ones.

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