What would you dress James Bond in for a hike/hillwalk?

What would James Bond wear on a hot weather hike? The question's mostly ridiculous: hiking is about comfort and safety over style. But Bond would probably not gravitate towards a neon green rayon tee or a tank top, and hopefully wouldn't ruin a nice suit, so there's surely some rules here.

If you were a costume designer for the ever-stylish 007, what outfit would you put together? Which pieces do you think Bond has worn that would work on a strenuous trek up a mountain?

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  • Asp9mmAsp9mm Over the Hills and Far Away.Posts: 6,711MI6 Agent
    Light blue or linen shirt, mid to light brown linen trousers and Islays. Or his Casino Royale Madagascar outfit with a plain shirt.
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  • JTMJTM Posts: 2,962MI6 Agent
    edited December 2020
    Asp9mm wrote:
    Light blue or linen shirt, mid to light brown linen trousers and Islays. Or his Casino Royale Madagascar outfit with a plain shirt.

    I wouldn’t be wearing linen trousers for hiking—far too easily ripped by bushes, tree branches etc on the trail.

    As for what Bond would wear hiking, I don’t think he’d be wearing linen (pants or shirt) either. He’s ex-military, I’d say he’d be wearing pieces more functional and actually built for wearing hiking or doing other outdoor activities. Proper hiking or combat type boots, some durable pants with pockets and a lightweight, and again durable, shirt, probably with a couple of chest pockets. As for headwear, I’d say a wide brim hat, probably boonie style. Not the most stylish ensemble, but perfect for the occasion.
  • emtiememtiem SurreyPosts: 4,050MI6 Agent
    Plus no matter the weather he needs a jacket of some sort to pop his gun under :)
  • Charmed & DangerousCharmed & Dangerous Posts: 7,038MI6 Agent
    This gets my vote:

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  • Hold CommandHold Command LondonPosts: 317MI6 Agent
    Hmm, Daniel Craig's bond would certainly wear a henley top, corduroy trousers, corduroy 4 pocket jacket, corduroy hat and probably corduroy shoes too. :))

    I would expect literary bond to wear a short sleeve shirt, hard wearing technical trousers, combat boots and safari/waterproof jacket depending on the conditions and appropriate layers.

    For cold weather I adore my military issues PCS fleece in navy or olive, I would think modern bond may have a couple of those handy too.
  • JellyfishJellyfish EnglandPosts: 347MI6 Agent
    Doesn't Bond do a bit of hiking in the For Your Eyes Only short story? I found this on bondsuits.com:

    “This is a list of what I reckon you’ll need and the address of a big second-hand clothing store here in the city. Nothing fancy, nothing conspicuous – khaki shirt, dark brown jeans, good climbing boots or shoes. See they’re comfortable.”

    I'm not sure if I should credit Ian Fleming or Matt Spaiser (or both?). I copied and pasted the above from here:
    https://www.bondsuits.com/ian-fleming-for-your-eyes-only-1960/
  • MFisherMFisher Posts: 661MI6 Agent
    Depending on climate... the Solden outfit pretty much covers it for colder temps.. Its actually one of my go to's for winter hiking.. Ive got some pics buried on my laptop of my wife and I hiking Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga last February in my Royale Solden pants, jacket, and Danners..

    The sweater / quilted gillet combo from FYEO is another one... I picked up a very similar Gillet by Barbour this past year and wore it hiking in Montana back in September.. along with some Boulder Gear winter hiking pants that are somewhat reminiscent of the NTTD commando outfit pants...

    I do also agree that the Goldeneye assault vest, cargo pants, combo is a good theme for spring /fall hikes...

    As for the linen suggestion above - not completely out of the question for a gentle outdoor greenway type environment walk.. in the warmer months.. As long as it wasn't anything really outdoorsy in terms of difficulty.. and if so - at least more rugged pants but a linen shirt isn't out of the question..
  • Matt SMatt S Oh Cult Voodoo ShopPosts: 6,522MI6 Agent
    I think for summer hiking I would imagine Bond in a variation on Roger Moore’s safari suits. Cotton drill trousers with a lighter weight 2-pocket cotton bush shirt that is tucked into the trousers. Basically an old-fashioned military look.
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  • cmdr_bongcmdr_bong AustraliaPosts: 189MI6 Agent
    We've seen DC bond hiked the Bolivian desert in his navy Tom Ford suits and black cap-toed oxford. So I'd say he would be fine in a tailored suit and dress shoes....just minus the tie for that "rugged outdoorsy look" :p
  • tsholdtshold TorontoPosts: 148MI6 Agent
    MFisher wrote:
    Depending on climate... the Solden outfit pretty much covers it for colder temps.. Its actually one of my go to's for winter hiking.. Ive got some pics buried on my laptop of my wife and I hiking Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga last February in my Royale Solden pants, jacket, and Danners..

    I think this would be a great cold weather hiking outfit!
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  • IanTIanT Posts: 567MI6 Agent
    edited March 1

    Definitely the Goldeneye Cuba outfit - or the FYEO literary outfit.

  • IanDIanD Posts: 2MI6 Agent

    For an off-duty hike I could see Bond opting for high end technical gear. Something like Jottnar which is a small UK brand founded by a couple of former Royal Marine arctic warfare guys. Arcteryx Leaf (Law enforcement armed forces) in solid colours would probably be another option but I would go with Jottnar.

  • chitoryu12chitoryu12 Posts: 16MI6 Agent

    I think it would depend on the purpose of the hike. Is he on vacation, or is he on a mission?

    For a simple pleasure hike where he's trying to be fashionable, or needs to be disguised as such: a long-sleeved military shirt or a short-sleeved camp shirt with two breast pockets, a pair of well-fitting jeans or corduroy pants, and some nice leather boots.

    For a serious mission: a modern waterproof, breathable tropical weather uniform jacket in a solid base color like olive drab, khaki combat pants (preferably with built-in kneepads), and modern tropical weather hiking boots or shoes. Something inconspicuous to a casual observer but completely practical for military operations.

  • JTullock23JTullock23 ArizonaPosts: 284MI6 Agent

    I’d say Bond would have a Spring/Summer Solden version of an outfit. Similar pants, but lightweight blend with some technical fabrics. TF would make them for a DC Bond. Then he’d wear a Sunspel t-shirt. Or, lightweight button up or polo with some pocketing for supplies needed. Danners or some special Crockett & Jones.

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