When men think of cool sophistication, they think of Bond, and specifically they picture Sean Connery in the early films. Yet Connery was relatively unknown and unrefined when cast for the role.
Terence Young, the director of Dr. No, turned to his own tailor, Anthony Sinclair, to oversee the transformation into the suave and stylish character that prevails in our minds today.
Connery was not used to wearing suits at the time and it is said that Young had him wear the suits around the clock, even to the extent of sleeping in them, in order to have him feel totally natural when filming began.
Sinclair created the classic ‘pared-down’ look, which came to be known as the ‘Conduit Cut’ after his original Mayfair premises at 43 Conduit Street. The choice of materials and colours were restricted; lightweight worsted in navy, shades of grey and a subtle Glen Urquhart check. The cut was a classic Savile Row ‘waisted’ single-breasted, two-button coat, with slimline trousers.
The look is understated, not flash. Beautifully dressed, but not foppish. Sophisticated, yet slightly rugged. A look of timeless elegance for men who mean business… and pleasure.
At some point in my life I will own a suit that fits this description… Sean Connery’s Bond defined style and calm sexiness for my young mind.