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Dressed to Kill: The West End tailors who suited James Bond

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Find out how James Bond got his style from the tailors of Westminster

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Producer Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli once said of James Bond: ‘Regimes may rise and fall, lapels may widen or narrow, but ultimately he remains the old-fashioned suited hero.’ Since the release of Eon Production’s first Bond film, Dr No, in 1962, the character has been tailored by Anthony Sinclair (Sean Connery), Dimitrov ‘Dimi’ Major (George Lazenby), Cyril Castle, Angelo Vittuci and Douglas ‘Doug’ Hayward (Roger Moore), Benjamin Simon and Lambert Hofer (Timothy Dalton), Brioni (Pierce Brosnan) and Tom Ford (Daniel Craig), respectively. This talk will provide a fun tour of the London-based, Westminster tailors who suited James Bond, and discusses where they were based, who they were, and how they assisted in the creation of the image of the eponymous suited hero who endures today.

Llewella Chapman is a film historian and visiting scholar at the University of East Anglia, completing her PhD in 2018 on the historic relationship between film, television and Hampton Court Palace. Her research interests include British cinema, gender, heritage and costume design. Llewella is under contract with Bloomsbury to publish her monograph, Fashioning James Bond: Costume, Gender and Identity in the world of 007, which is due to be released next year.

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