Licenced to thrill
Need a style role model? You could do a lot worse than James Bond. Here’s our pick of the best in secret agent style and activities…
Whether you call it a tux or a dinner suit, there’s no doubt that a well cut ensemble adds a sophisticated edge. Bond goes bespoke on Saville Row. Try this stylish option from TM Lewin (TMLewin.co.uk) for secret agent style on
a budget. They started on Jermyn Street in 1898.
Cufflinks are another Bond essential. Go bespoke at Lava in Peterculter. They can probably design something with a secret compartment for spy stuff, though incorporating a miniature rocket launcher may be too much to ask. You’ll also need a seriously upmarket watch. The classic Bond choice is an Omega Seamaster from Finnie’s on George Street. They have the best selection of brands in town, whether it’s a timeless classic or something rugged and sporty, including pre-owned models and prices from £140 to
just under £25,000.
In the books, Bond lives on steak, eggs, whisky and about 80 cigarettes a day. These days, secret agents smell rather better than they’d have done in the sixties. We feel Bond would sniff out a niche British perfumer. Ormonde Jayne’s flagship store is even located on Old Bond Street in London! Their Isfarkand Elixir is Bond in liquid form, it’s suave, charming but tenacious and masculine. Lime, Mandarin and Bergamot yield to base notes of Cedar, Vetiver and Moss. £195 for 50ml from Harrods, Selfridges or ormondejayne.com
And the car? You can’t go far wrong with the classic Aston Martin DB5. One sold in 2019 for over $6.5 million. How about Knockhill, where you can buy an Aston Martin Experience starting at £229? It’s less likely to give your bank manager apoplexy. (knockhill.com/experiences/aston-martin-supercar-experience) Alternatively, have a go at doing your own stunts. How about driving a 20 tonne tank and crushing a car? It costs £400 from tankdrivechallenge.net who are based near Doune. If you’d rather stay nearer to home, explore the options at Lochter Activity Centre (lochter.co.uk) near Oldmeldrum. There’s plenty of choice to help develop your secret agent skills, from the 120 metre long Devil Dare Zip Slide to target shooting, blindfold off-road driving and even sumo wrestling.
No secret agent is without a neat gadget or two. In Never Say Never Again, Connery’s Bond uses a Montblanc149 Fountain Pen that doubles as a gun. Finnies stock pens from Cross and Chopard or Pen Heaven (penheaven.co.uk) has a wide selection at all price points. Any secret agent worth his salt needs a notebook or two to jot down coded messages. The classic Moleskine combines practicality and good looks. Waterstones have the best selection in town. Moleskine also do diaries, ideal for keeping all those assignations with informants and alluring enemy agents in order.
JBuds Frames complete the secret agent look. These high quality audio buds simply slip onto the legs of glasses or sunglasses to provide up to eight hours of your own soundtrack in stereo. JLab Audio’s JBuds Frames consist of two independently operating Bluetooth true wireless audio devices, which can be affixed to the temples of your eyewear. They offer perfect sound quality for personal use, without being heard by those close by – great if you’re receiving secret messages from HQ. You can find them for £49.99 at Argos.
Right, all you need now is a Vodka Martini, shaken, not stirred. Maybe a cocktail masterclass at Orchid is the way to go?