For the final act of No Time To Die we see Daniel Craig incept Safin’s lair with fellow 00 Nomi. Whilst the news is now mainstream that N.Peal made these trousers, it should be said that it was only revealed to the public weeks before the final release. And it came as quite a surprise as N.Peal are not commonly known for trouser making.
The complete look
The entire ensemble sees James Bond wear Danner Boots, the Omega Seamaster, N.Peal Braces, a Rag & Bone White Henley and a navy military sweater, also by N.Peal. For sizing information I was gifted a size extra small and they fit perfectly. The leg is one seize fits all.
I’m currently a size 30-31 waist. If you’re unsure on whether the extra small would be too tight, buy a small as they have plenty of fastens and of course, braces. (Braces I paid 45 GBP) I was told the braces were sewn on to the combat trousers for the purpose of filming, which makes sense.
I have done an unboxing and mini style advice review on the Vlog, click image above. However, you should really check out the review by David Zaritsky on The Bond Experience for a comprehensive study. In an interview for the official 007 Podcast, Daniel Craig spoke about the trousers to James King,
The trousers alone took about three months of design and Suttirat* was like just … she wanted to get them exactly right. I mean, that’s what we do.** I want every frame in the movie to be of interest. So the clothes that I’m wearing have to be of interest. So the sets are amazing, the cars are amazing, locations are amazing, the clothes are amazing.
**In a follow up King asked, ‘What were the things you have to get exactly right about?’ To which Craig quipped, ‘My arse needs to look good in them.’
Learn more about the style of James Bond, including an interview with Adam Holdsworth Managing Director of N.Peal, in our book From Tailors With Love: An Evolution of Menswear Through the Bond Films. Available on Amazon.
The NTTD collection is currently available to buy on the N.Peal Site. I’ll add more photos to this review and comments over time.
Update June 2022
In a video on The Bond Experience, the costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlab spoke at length about the process of making these combat trousers.
“I always knew we were going to make them and I’d shown Daniel a picture of a vintage pair. An actual historical pair. But they were in the 40s. So I already know just from my knowledge of the history of clothing, the fit is going to be completely different. The waist and the super hind legs are going to be really wide. It’s not going to fit Daniel Craig.
But because it was such a key starting point for this film, we went ahead and we recreated the vintage pair with a fitting so that we could assess what it was that we liked about it.
Then we made three versions for that first time for the first fitting. A consummate actor like Daniel and myself and the cutting team, tailors the assistants everybody knows that the answer is not going to be finalized in the first fitting. It’s a process. It’s like, these are the shapes we’re going to explore so that everybody can take the notes on what to do for the next thing. Maybe you get it in the second fitting but probably they would always take three fittings.
In that first fitting when we were introducing the physical pants that they have gone from picture form sketch form into now physical muslin form
There was the hero vintage, there was a forensic analysis version of it. Which was all the details from that period. Then there was a version that was hypermodern like more based on some of the trousers that I knew that we liked the fit of. Probably too modern. Once I worked the proportions out I was like, I think we need a third version which is kind of like somewhere in the middle of these things.”
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From Tailors With Love. In colour, with Rex Hamilton as Abraham Lincoln. Guest Starring Roger the disruptive Cockapoo.
— From Tailors With Love (@tailorswithlove) October 13, 2021