This month, The Royal Exchange is having its martinis shaken not stirred and dressing to the nines to celebrate the release of the latest James Bond movie, No Time To Die. Finally showing in cinemas now, No Time To Die is widely tipped to be Daniel Craig’s last hurrah as Britain’s most famous super-spy. In this special guide, we’ve curated a mix of Bond-style gifts and gadgets all available at The Royal Exchange; from officially endorsed items sported by Craig in the new film to Bond-worthy accessories so you can emulate 007’s flawless style.
BEST FOOT FORWARD
The ‘James’ Oxford shoe in black calf, £850, Crockett & Jones
James Bond in a tuxedo is a timeless and impeccable look from head to toe. Speaking of which, any style savvy man worth his salt knows that the ultimate finishing touch to a formal ensemble is the right pair of shoes. Inspired by Bond’s tuxes, official EON partner Crockett & Jones has unveiled the James, a limited-edition wholecut Oxford made from the finest box calf leather. This elegant pair, which comes with a silver foiled logo on the heel and is presented in exclusive 007 packaging, is available now, alongside the Highbury and Molton models, which both make an appearance in the new film.
SHAKE IT UP
Vesper Martini Cocktail, £28.50, Fortnum & Mason
Smart and beautiful (and double crossing) Vesper Lynd appeared in the very first Bond novel, Casino Royale, way back in 1953. But Fortnum & Mason is paying homage to the femme fatale – and the cocktail of the same name created by Bond author Ian Fleming – in a contemporary pre-mixed martini. Unlike other bottled cocktails, Fortnum’s Vesper Martini is blended, aged and diluted to achieve the perfect serve every time.
TIME TO DIAL
Omega Diver 300M Co-Axial Master chronometer 42mm, from £6,950, Omega
Sported by James Bond in the new film and partially designed by actor Daniel Craig, Omega’s new Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition is the ultimate 007 lover’s timepiece. This stylish 42mm number is crafted from Grade 2 Titanium, which is strong yet lightweight, and is powered by the Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8806. A watch of unparalleled performance and quality – just like the man himself.
DECADES OF STYLE
Pre-loved Rolex watch, POA, Watchfinder & Co.
Pre-owned watch specialist Watchfinder & Co has been digging through the archives to showcase some spectacular timepieces favoured by James Bond and the actors who have played him over the decades. These include the Omega Seamaster sported by Pierce Brosnan in Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day, and the highly collectable Rolex Submariner 6538 ‘Big Crown’, as worn by Sean Connery in Dr. No back in 1962 (pictured above). So if you’re in the business of buying a vintage timepiece with the 007 seal of approval, pop into Watchfinder & Co for expert advice and the inside story on Bond’s extensive watch collection.
Navy Herringbone Linen Nehru Jacket, £295; Cream Cotton Polo Shirt, £95, both at Sirplus
Not only is James Bond the world’s most famous secret agent, he’s also the best dressed. But rather than taking style cues from Bond’s quintessential tuxedo, Sirplus is paying subtle homage to a different 007 icon with a classic polo shirt and its signature Nehru jackets and waistcoats. Made from luxurious wool, cashmere, velvet and linen, as well as surplus fabrics, the Nehru collection is characterised by its short high collar, which is seen on Sean Connery’s Bond in Doctor No, as well as the film’s eponymous antagonist and, later, Christoph Waltz in 2015’s Spectre.
THE WRITE WAY
StarWalker UltraBlack Precious Resin Fountain Pen, £460; Montblanc
Even the suavest spy needs practical items from time to time. They may not have any secret buttons but Montblanc StarWalker pens are undisputed design icons; ideal for those who, like Bond, value form and function.
HIPS DON’T LIE
Classic 5oz Leather Hip Flask, £49; Aspinal of London
Bond is famous for his love of a martini and, being half Scottish, a wee dram of whisky. We like to think that he has time for a sip of Dutch courage from a classic leather hip flask – just like this one from Aspinal of London – in-between his death-defying adventures and espionage.
All items are available to purchase from The Royal Exchange. Please visit our boutiques page for a full list of stores and opening hours
Image credit, pictured top: Daniel Craig wearing the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition watch, courtesy of Danjaq and MGM
The Royal Exchange celebrates its 450th anniversary this year. We look forward to welcoming you for a considered shopping and dining experience in spectacular and historic surroundings. Please visit our boutiques page for regular updates on our retailers’ opening information and hours, as well as details about virtual appointments and click and collect services.