If there were 13 symbols in the Lunar New Year calendar then 2015 would not be the Year of the Sheep, but, rather, the Year of the Spy. Sam Mendes’ “Spectre” has been recently released this week along with a flood of spy films this year such as Kingsman, the Man from U.N.C.L.E., and another Mission Impossible flick. (We didn’t make it to “Hitman: Agent 47.” Any good?) Don’t get us wrong here, we enjoy high-octane espionage flicks as much as the next guy, if not more, but with so many of them out we needed to compare them into a Battle Royale type-situation, to see which franchise is truly the best.
Last night, in an emerging Wingtip tradition, members were treated to a private screening of the latest James Bond film, “Spectre.” Guests enjoyed a medley of skewers, bruschetta, and cocktails. As expected, outfits ranged from your standard evening wear to classic Bond character renderings, such as Dr. Holly Goodhead and Emilio Largo. (For the record, your humble neighborhood journalist wore a midnight blue evening jacket with peak lapels and blue satin trim, a wing-collar tuxedo shirt, black trousers, a slim black bow tie, and a white pocket square.)
Bond’s latest outing bows Oct 26 in the UK and Nov 6 in the US. You probably know that Daniel Craig is still the man in the suit, but you may not know that “Spectre” will likely be Sam Mendes’ last turn at the helm. Here are some more bits of intel on Bond 24.
Now the next James Bond installment, Spectre, is on the horizon. So what better way to get jazzed up (See what I did there?) about Bond 24 than to check out the San Francisco Symphony’s “The Spy Who Loved Me: Music from the Bond Films & Favorite Spy Movie Themes,” featuring Sheena Easton, who performed the theme from Bond 12, “For Your Eyes Only” (which hit #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1981).
The next James Bond film, “Spectre,” is still four months from release, but news hit this week that suggests the hunt for the next James Bond is on. British bookmaker William Hill, who offer betting opportunities on everything from horse-races/elections to the names of the royal babies, slashed the odds on the likelihood of Homeland actor Damian Lewis getting the next 007 assignment after Daniel Craig. Down from 25/1 to 2/1, (all odds current as of press time), Lewis is the odds-on favorite in a brawny pool of MI6 probables that includes Idris Elba (11/4), Tom Hardy (7/2), and Michael Fassbender (7/1).
Julie Harris, Costume Designer for Bond and Beatles, Passes Away at 94; Celebrate Her Career With Our 10 Favorite On-Screen Harris Designs
Julie Harris, who outfitted actors including John Lennon, Roger Moore, and Kermit The Frog passed away at 94 this past week. Harris did her part to define the look of Swingin’ 60s London, and won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design (B&W) for her work on Darling. Here are our Top 10 favorite menswear looks from Julie Harris’s films:
The Club celebrated Ian Fleming’s 107th birthday this past Saturday night. We did have a guest or two wonder why he was not in attendance, but we suspect it had something to do with him passing away in 1964. To keep the theme fresh each year, we’re working through the movies in chronological order, with last year’s party celebrating Dr. No and this year’s party all about From Russia with Love.
e are very excited to introduce a line of swimwear. Orlebar Brown trunks are designed in London, and may be best known for kitting out a certain James Bond, but you don’t have to be Daniel Craig to look great in these trunks. They are based on a “17-piece pattern of traditional men’s trousers,” which means the fit will keep you looking your best from brunch to the pool.
In honor of James Bond author Ian Fleming’s birthday (the author would be 106), we are hosting our 1st Annual 007 Party on Sat, May 31st. And, we are making 10 seats available to the public for the occasion. The theme is Dr. No, so come dressed in your best Bond, Bond villain, or a… Read more »
In honor of James Bond author Ian Fleming’s birthday (the author would be 106), we are hosting our 1st Annual 007 Party on Sat, May 31st. And, we are making 10 seats available to the public for the occasion.