Dressed to Kill: James Bond, the Suited Hero

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The impact of the Bond films on popular culture is impossible to overestimate. Dressed to Kill follows the sartorial transformations of the hero in a suit from the 1960s chic of the Nehru-collared jacket in Dr No to the classic Italian tailoring by Brioni in GoldenEye. Carefully researched texts and copious illustrations trace Bond's influence as a male style icon on many dimensions of popular culture, from action sports to advertising - as well as on the man in the street. Bond fans, movie buffs and fashion ...
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Overview

The impact of the Bond films on popular culture is impossible to overestimate. Dressed to Kill follows the sartorial transformations of the hero in a suit from the 1960s chic of the Nehru-collared jacket in Dr No to the classic Italian tailoring by Brioni in GoldenEye. Carefully researched texts and copious illustrations trace Bond's influence as a male style icon on many dimensions of popular culture, from action sports to advertising - as well as on the man in the street. Bond fans, movie buffs and fashion aficionados will all find new and illuminating material in this volume, which brings together a broad range of previously unpublished documents including filmstills, advertising, and candid images of the Cold War ambience of which Bond was a product. Although many books have explored the fascinating history of the 007 films, this is the first to demonstrate what made the Bond character a modern myth, and the world's most famous secret agent.
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  • ISBN-13: 9782080136183
  • Publisher: Flammarion
  • Publication date: 8/28/1992
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.79 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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Jay McInerney
Jay McInerney

The author of seven novels and two collections of essays on wine, Jay McInerney is a regular contributor to New York, The New York Times Book Review, The Independent and Corriere della Sera. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy and Granta. In 2006, Time cited his 1984 debut, Bright Lights, Big City, as one of nine generation-defining novels of the twentieth century. He was the recipient of the 2006 James Beard Foundation’s M.F.K.

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Table of Contents

Introducing James Bond 9
How Bond Saved America - and Me 13
The World of 007 39
The Style Secrets of James Bond 65
The Return of the Suited Hero 93
Dressing the Part 127
From Goldfinger to Goldeneye 167
The James Bond books 194
The official James Bond films 195
The Bond villains 196
The Bond women 197
James Bond's style makers 198
The James Bond films featured in this volume 199
Picture Credits 200
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