This was something I hadn’t even considered. That maybe some of these 6 ties weren’t even Bond’s!

– Article by Daniel Gaster and Tie Another Day.

A Different Approach

It’s been well over a year now since I’ve been in an office. I’ve not put on a suit other than for zoom interviews, Christmas, and recent purchase try on. Although I’m a tie person, I’ve not felt the need to dress up to work, when all the Teams or Zoom calls have been audio only. So, for the most part it’s been t-shirts and polos with jeans or chinos. And this means these No Time to Die Tom Ford ties have gone unworn, so I’ve not been able to say how well they’ve done in almost a year that I’ve owned them.

So instead, I’m taking a different approach, recently I have chatted with Z from Tie Another Day on Instagram to discuss our thoughts on these 6 ties produced by TOM FORD. What we’ve seen so far and theorise where they might turn up in the film.

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No Time To Die Tom Ford Ties

What we Know, or what we Think we Know

DANIEL

For me I think it’s probably safe to say that if I’d have seen this film already, I would have only been purchasing the ties that were in the movie that Bond was wearing. Would you have bought all 6?

Z

It is a good question, I would have thought twice about some of the ties, indeed there is one which is very similar to the Mexico City tie from Spectre. Saying that, due to the lack of confirmed ties within the film, and the fact that these ties are likely to be rare to find after the film, I did pull the trigger on all six. Would I say I am disappointed, not really, I think there are some interesting ties, but obviously I would be interested in the ones seen on screen.

DANIEL

We both saw the “Skyfall” ties that TOM FORD made but were never seen in the film. I looked at them, but I didn’t make any purchases, just because the label said ‘James Bond’ on it.

Z

I remember that tie selection, and I actually did get the set, I was a little annoyed, however, I have used the ties as alternatives. For me, I recognise that as much as I would like an on-screen tie, Tom Ford ties are still a luxury, and I have used them with some of my suits just to mix it up.

DANIEL

Now with the hope of seeing the film in 6 months’ time, it was uncertain if all of these would be seen.

Z

Indeed, we have to wait and see.

1. Meeting with M – The Navy Ottoman Tie

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Daniel Craig – No Time to Die wearing the Navy Ottoman tie (TF 7 JB08 XTA)

DANIEL

We’ve seen many clips and images of Bond in the Light Grey Check suit, with the white tab collared shirt and the Navy Ottoman tie (TF 7 JB08 XTA). Although I thought (or maybe misremembered) it was the lighter Royal Blue Ottoman tie.

Z

Certainly, when the pictures were taken with Daniel and the Horse Guards outside Whitehall, it did look like a lighter Royal Blue Ottoman design. However, when Prince Charles visited Pinewood in July 2019 and was given a tour of the set, Daniel was wearing the same suit. From the press photos and videos it was indeed a darker shade of navy. The navy tie is something else, in person the colours have a sunburst element when seen in the light and does have a premium look and feel to it.

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Daniel Gaster wearing the Navy Ottoman tie (TF 7 JB08 XTA)

DANIEL

You recently posted about this look, using your Anthony Sinclair suit in place of the TOM FORD. But the look is very Goldfinger-esque! The Navy Ottoman replacing the Navy Knitted tie. It is very similar to that of the ties seen in Spectre, and you’d be excused (by some) for thinking it’s the same tie.

Z

When the first pictures were taken, there were some discussions if it was the same blue tie from Spectre, specifically from the Q-Branch scenes. Subsequent photos have confirmed it to be the navy version. In terms of the suit there is a throwback to the plaid suit in Goldfinger and Thunderball, as well as subsequent designs in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, it is an amazing look and one that works well for Craig.

As Z’s real identity has to remain a closely guarded secret, I have included some pictures of myself wearing this tie (above). I’ve paired it with a white tab collared shirt and grey checked suit that Bond wears around Whitehall. I do like this colour combination. – DG

2. Meeting with Blofled – The Charcoal Tie

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The Charcoal Tie – (possibly the TF 7 JB20 XTA)

DANIEL

In other clips and images, we see Bond visit Blofeld in a secure location, this time Bond wears another checked suit which looks Navy on screen, but in pictures taken of the suit it can also look Charcoal. He wears this with a pale blue shirt and one of the two Charcoal ties.

Z

Yes, this was a real brain teaser as the ties are similar in colour but differ in design. I think we are confident it is a charcoal tie, and it is something that is a recurring feature especially in the Craig films, at the end of Skyfall Craig wears a mini herringbone navy suit with a blue shirt and grey tie, and at the end of Spectre, Bond is wearing an Anthracite suit, blue shirt and a black / charcoal tie. The initial pictures showed that there was a pattern to it, but not clear enough to establish which pattern as to ascertain which tie it was from the selection.

DANIEL

Both of these charcoal ties have subtle, but different patterns to them, and although it is difficult to see in the available lighting the true colour of the tie, based on the pattern we believe it is the lighter of the two ties (TF 7 JB20 XTA), this is from some very thorough investigating from Z.

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Is M also wearing the same tie?

Z

Thanks Dan! Talk about fortuitous, we were reviewing pictures of the scene from Hammersmith Bridge and got a fantastic high-resolution picture from the Tom Ford twitter page which really shows that the tie worn in this scene is the lighter charcoal tie. I did think that this same tie was worn by Ralph Fiennes as M, especially when looking at the high-resolution pictures on 007.com, there is a picture with M flanked by Miss Moneypenny and Tanner and it does look similar to that tie.

DANIEL

This was something I hadn’t even considered. That maybe some of these 6 ties weren’t even Bond’s!

Again, I’m wearing something similar to Bond, a Navy checked suit, and pale blue shirt. Once again, the colour combination is spot on in my opinion. – DG

Daniel Gaster wearing the TF 7 JB20 XTA

3. The Third TOM FORD Suit – The Dark Charcoal Tie

Shortly before the first lockdown, I received messages from Aman from TOM FORD in London. I had been messaging him regarding the James Bond items, and was interested to see them. He sent me images of the items in question. One of which was a third TOM FORD suit. The description a “Grey – micro pinpoint Melange wool and elastin mix”. – DG

DANIEL

A few months later I remember seeing a photo with Daniel Craig wearing this suit with a pale blue shirt and dark tie. The photo had copy write images all over it (can’t be posted here), but Craig/Bond did have the lip cut, as he had with the previous 2 outfits. So, this is probably still based in London.  Had you seen this image previously Z?

Z

I have seen the same image, and whilst the watermark and black and white photo made it a bit difficult to identify details, some features were visible including the tie design, which I think we are semi confident as the dark charcoal tie. There were some other clues that differentiated this from the navy suit, these include that Daniel was wearing double cuff shirt rather than the cocktail cuff as seen on the Navy and other suits seen so far.

Daniel Gaster wearing the Dark Charcoal tie (TF 7 JB21 XTA)

DANIEL

It’s based on this image that you located that we feel curtain that he wears the Dark Charcoal tie (TF 7 JB21 XTA) with this suit, and the lighter Charcoal tie with the Navy.

Z

I am confident on this assessment.

I’m wearing the same suit and shirt combination as before. I think if we were wrong in our assessment of which grey tie went with the Navy suit, this demonstrates that either would have worked. – DG

4. A tie for Norway? – Muted Brown/Grey Herringbone Wool and Silk Mix

Daniel Gaster wearing the Silk Mix tie (TF 7 JB54 XTA)

DANIEL

I had a theory on this tie, which you thought could have worked out well. And that was that the Muted Brown/Grey Herringbone Wool and Silk Mix tie (TF 7 JB54 XTA) could have been used for Norway. My thinking on this tie, is that it would work so well with the Brown Barleycorn Tweed Hacking Jacket from Goldfinger. And the setting for Norway (that we’ve seen so far) is very rural country based. So, this tie could have been produced thinking Bond might have arrived slightly more dressed up than he ends up doing.

Z

I really like this line of thinking, and the brown herringbone tie would definitely match with the Barleycorn tweed jacket, indeed the tie would fit very well with the Connolly x Finamore shirt and would be more fitting for Bond.

DANIEL

I don’t think it was intended to wear with the Massimo Alba coat, it would end up looking too western, too Cowboys and Aliens.

Z

I agree with you on that, definitely Cowboys and Aliens!

DANIEL

Something we didn’t discuss at the time, but on reflection, could this tie have been made for the Matera suit, and ended up being replaced with the Alexander Olch Burgundy ‘Avery’ tie?

Z

It is a good point, the Massimo Alba Sloop suit, I think if they had Bond in a white shirt, then this brown tie would provide a nice contrast to the beige coloured suit. I suspect that the denim blue shirt was added by Suttirat Larlarb to compliment Daniel’s eye colour, and the burgundy colour and blue dots do compliment the shirt. If he did wear a white shirt and this brown tie was worn, it would remind me of the Morocco ensemble that Bond wore when visiting Blofeld’s lair in Spectre.

Let’s see how that would look. Above I am in the Sloop suit with a white tab collared shirt wearing the brown tie. – DG

5. A tie for Q? – Navy Blue Silk Woven Herringbone Texture Tie

DANIEL

I think we are both in agreement, that this tie is the least Daniel Craig’s Bond tie of the series. It would be more suited to Pierce Brosnan’s 007.

Z

It is a lovely tie, and the silk is a lot heavier than the other ties in the collection, I also love the textured pattern. I think we agreed that apart from the Rome Tie in Spectre, Daniel Craig’s Bond has not worn a textured tie. Indeed, the pattern has something of a braille / morse code pattern to it and is definitely something that could be worn by Q, it has that slant which makes it unique to that character and less so for Bond.

Daniel Gaster wearing the TF 7 JB55 XTA – Navy Blue Silk Woven Herringbone Texture

I can see this tie suiting the Ben Wishaw version of Q. I took a picture of myself wearing this tie in the Navy suit before adopting it to just the waistcoat and jeans. Before I got the mandatory easing of lockdown haircut, I took this with longish hair and put on my glasses for a Q-ish look. I’ve also paired this tie with the Massimo Alba Sloop suit and a tab collared white shirt. Maybe this could have been another choice for Matera? – DG

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A look for Q? TF 7 JB55 XTA – Navy Blue Silk Woven Herringbone Texture

6. The Final Tie – Royal Blue Ottoman

DANIEL

I didn’t have much thought on this one, as originally, I thought this was the tie Bond wore with the Light Grey Check suit. The Royal Blue Ottoman (TF 7 JB15 XTA) is the same style as the Navy. My thought is potentially we’ll see this with one of the aforementioned suits with a different shirt and tie combination. Like we see in Spectre when Bond see’s M wearing the Grey striped suit with a white shirt and grey tie, and then with Q wearing the same suit as the day before, but with a blue shirt and navy tie.

Z

Indeed, when the first pictures were released of Bond in Whitehall, I also assumed that the tie was the Royal Blue Ottoman tie, however, with subsequent photos and videos (including the trailer), I think we are in agreement that this is not the tie. I am reminded by the email Luigi at Tom Ford Milan sent to me that these were the ties that they supplied to the costume designer, and in doing so, it is up to the costumer designer to decide whether they are included in the film. The Royal blue Ottoman is very similar to the Mexico City tie as seen in Spectre, and for those who did miss out on that tie, this is an opportunity to get something similar.

Daniel Gaster wearing the TF 7 JB15 XTA – Royal Blue Ottoman

DANIEL

Here I am wearing the white tab collared shirt and grey check suit, this time with the Royal Blue. For me I think I might prefer this combination, to the Navy? Either does work, but I think there is something about the brighter blue that pops well.

Z

I will conclude that the tie offerings are all amazing in terms of quality and colours and the ties are versatile and can be worn with either a blue or white shirt. It is also nice that the ties are slightly slimmer, but not too slim so as to be too fashionable.

I am reminded by the Skyfall Tom Ford James Bond selection, which was not featured in the film, but were inspirations. Whilst they were not used, they were very nice No Time To Die Tom Ford ties and I have worn on them on several occasions.

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No Time To Die Tom Ford Ties collection

ALL SIX NO TIME TO DIE TOM FORD TIES

1. Navy Ottoman – TF 7 JB08 XTA

2. Charcoal Grey Silk Textured – TF 7 JB20 XTA

3. Dark Charcoal Grey Silk Textured – TF 7 JB21 XTA

4. Muted Brown/Grey Herringbone Wool and Silk Mix – TF 7 JB54 XTA

5. Navy Blue Silk Woven Herringbone Texture – TF 7 JB55 XTA

6. Royal Blue Ottoman – TF 7 JB15 XTA

At the time of writing June 2021, all No Time To Die Tom Ford ties except the Navy Ottoman is available through Mr Porter.

Purchase Date: June 2020

Purchase Price: £175 each

CREDITS AND FURTHER READING

Be sure to check out more reviews by Daniel Gaster and Z.  All screencaps in this post are the copyright of their respective movie studio. They are reproduced here under the Fair Use doctrine.