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50 Years of James Bond

In the world of films they don’t come more quintessentially British than James Bond. With just one day until the release of the 23rd outing for the seductive spy, Skyfall, we’ve been taking a look back at the evolving style of 50s years of Bond.

From the very first adaptation of Ian Fleming’s spy novel series, Dr No established the debonair, suited and suave image of 007.

There’s no denying that a suited and booted Bond is a timeless look, with each leading man bringing their own particular take on the character – from Sean Connery’s quiffed lothario to the icy ruggedness of Daniel Craig, via the somewhat controversial comic campness of Roger Moore.

Where style is concerned, though, it’s the leading ladies in Bond’s life who really define each individual film’s era and aesthetic. From Honor Blackman to Grace Jones, all the way through to Eva Green, these femme fatales have brought personality and incredible, fashion-forward looks to the silver screen. Who can forget Ursula Andress emerging from the waves in Dr. No, or Halle Berry’s twist on the same look decades later in The World Is Not Enough?

The styling of the Bond girls not only set the mood, but it equally set trends off-screen, always staying at the cutting edge of fashion throughout the series. Looking back on each era of Bond, we can chart the evolution of fashion, hair and beauty through the last five decades, right there on our screens.

In the latest batch of Bond films we’ve seen an emergence of classically styled Bond girls, with glamorous up-dos and sultry red lips creating an air of timeless chic. From Teri Hatcher in Tomorrow Never Dies through to Gemma Arterton in Quantum of Solace, retro influence has ruled in the Bond girl wardrobe.

From sneak previews of their stunning styling, it seems Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe are fitting additions to the 50 year history of James Bond style. Perfectly placed to impress when Skyfall hits theatres tomorrow.

Take a closer look at the evolution of style in 007’s world on our Pinterest board.

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