When Terence Young, director of the 1962 film Dr. No, needed help convincing James Bond creator Ian Fleming that former boxer Sean Connery was perfect for the role of the refined secret agent, he sought out Fleming’s Savile Row tailor, the late Anthony Sinclair.
“Young made Connery wear the suits around the clock, even sleep in them,” says David Mason, the current creative director of Anthony Sinclair. Eventually, Fleming acquiesced.
A half century later, London’s Barbican is hosting Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style, beginning in July. Mason recreated two of Connery’s original suits for the exhibit. Aspiring spies can order off-the-rack versions for £750 ($940) or visit the shop for tailored suits starting at £2,000. “If you need to conceal a weapon, you need a bit of fullness,” says Mason. “Of course, the contemporary man needs that space for his iPhone or his BlackBerry.”