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Fashioning James Bond: Costume, Gender and Identity in the World of 007 by Llewella Chapman

By: FSWL team
Fashioning James Bond Llewella Chapman book
Author and FSWL reader Llewella Chapman has written a very interesting book titled Fashioning James Bond: Costume, Gender and Identity in the World of 007 which Bloomsbury Academic is publishing on 21st October 2021. It is now available to order in both paperback and hardback. The publication was postponed following the rescheduled release of the latest Bond film, No Time To Die.

Fashioning James Bond is the first book to study the costumes and fashions of the James Bond movie franchise, from Sean Connery in 1962's Dr. No to Daniel Craig in SPECTRE (2015).

Llewella Chapman draws on original archival research, close analysis of the costumes and fashion brands featured in the Bond films, interviews with families of tailors and shirt-makers who assisted in creating the 'look' of James Bond, and considers marketing strategies for the films and tie-in merchandise that promoted the idea of an aspirational 'James Bond lifestyle'.

Addressing each Bond film in turn, Chapman questions why costumes are an important tool for analysing and evaluating film, both in terms of the development of gender and identity in the James Bond film franchise in relation to character, and how it evokes the desire in audiences to become part of a specific lifestyle construct through the wearing of fashions as seen on screen. She researches the agency of the costume department, director, producer and actor in creating the look and characterisation of James Bond, the villains, the Bond girls and the henchmen who inhibit the world of 007. Alongside this, she analyses trends and their impact on the Bond films, how the different costume designers have individually and creatively approached costuming them, and how the costumes were designed and developed from novel to script and screen. In doing so, this book contributes to the emerging critical literature surrounding the combined areas of film, fashion, gender and James Bond.

Table of Contents

1: 'My tailor… Savile Row': Sean Connery (1962)
2: 'Fitting Fleming's hero': Sean Connery (1963-1967)
3: The Man with the Midas touch: Lifestyle, fashion and marketing in the 1960s
4: 'Coming out of Burton's short of credit': George Lazenby (1969)
5: 'Provided the collars and the cuffs match': Sean Connery (1971)
6: 'Licence to frill': Roger Moore (1971-1975)
7: Breaking his tailor's heart: Roger Moore (1976-1980)
8: 'You can always spot a Hayward': Roger Moore (1980-1985)
9: Licence to tailor revoked: Timothy Dalton (1987-1989)
10: Cool Brioni: Pierce Brosnan (1995-2002)
11: Slick trigger suits: Daniel Craig (2005-2008)
12.You travel with a tuxedo? Daniel Craig (2010 – 2015)

About the Author

Llewella Chapman is Visiting Scholar at the University of East Anglia, UK. She is a film historian and has published extensively on British cinema, James Bond, costume and gender. Her publications include Fashioning James Bond: Costume, Gender and Identity in the World of 007 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021), “Fitting Fleming’s Hero like a Savile Row suit”: The tailoring of James Bond’ (2020) and ‘Fashioning a Bond vivant: Dressing the fans of James Bond’ (2015). She has also published articles and book chapters in edited collections on the following topics: Joseph Losey, American runaway films, and the relationship between the British film industry and Hampton Court Palace.

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