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James Bond's closet hits a lot of timeless looks

The Associated Press
Modified: November 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm •  Published: November 9, 2012

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That look came easily for the Savile Row tailors in London where Bond probably would have purchased his clothes.

By the time Brosnan took over the role in 1995, the Italian fashion house Brioni was making the suits, explains Angelo Petrucci, the label's master tailor, although they were done in the English style with longer jackets and higher rises instead of the Roman style, which would have more tapered legs and shorter rises.

"For me, James Bond is representative of class," Petrucci says. Bond wears so many suits, he muses, because he likes power, and that's what men so often feel in a made-to-measure trouser and jacket. "The suit can give you confidence, and James Bond has confidence."

The women he encounters are hardly shrinking violets, and they also understand how to use clothes to their advantage.

Temime dressed "Skyfall" co-stars Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe in styles worthy of their predecessors, such as Halle Berry and Ursula Andress, who both wore bikinis with holsters, and Barbara Bach, whose thigh-high slit gowns were really up to there.

For Marlohe, Temime envisioned an Ava Gardner type. She required two knockout gowns, one a second-skin L'Wren Scott number that Marlohe had to be sewn into each morning and the other a red, slinky Donna Karan.

"When you think of the iconic Bond girl, you think sexy, smart, strong — and, of course, a killer body," says Karan.

Harris needed high-action clothes and ends up in a Belstaff jacket, tank top and leather trousers.

For Craig's opening chase scene — a Bond movie trademark — he needed a suit that could do every move 007 had to make. That actually meant 40 of the same suit, since one needed longer sleeves as he rode a motorcycle, another one needed reinforced knees — and there were the ones that could be splattered with blood and those that couldn't. Sometimes the filmmakers would shoot scenes out of order, so Temime would need a ripped suit before she'd need the clean one.

The budget didn't skimp on quality.

"The quality of the clothes were so exceptional that Daniel could run through water, dirt and jump off a train, then dust it off and it'll be perfect again," Temime said.