Pierce Brosnan’s Classic Black Swim Trunks in GoldenEye 2 September 2019
Some Bonds, like Sean Connery and Daniel Craig, like to swim. The others not so much. One of the rare times we see another Bond in swimwear is with Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye, when he wears a pair of basic black swim trunks for a relaxing swim at the Grand Hotel Europe’s pool—which is actually a beautiful set—and a grueling sex scene with Famke Janssen’s Xenia Onatopp in the hotel’s steambath. Though summer is now at its end (in the Northern Hemisphere), Bond wears these trunks in a city that hardly even has a summer, St. Petersburg, Russia.
These black swim trunks are not anything remarkable, and despite Bond wearing them in an iconic scene they are not all that memorable. But that doesn’t mean the swim trunks aren’t nice, and they are a classic style that still looks good today. The style of the trunks is one that Vilebrequin, a luxury French swimwear brand, is know to make. There is a white logo at the bottom of the left leg, but it isn’t the Vilebrequin logo. Whatever they are (and please leave a comment below if you can identify them), costume designer Lindy Hemming likely purchased them in England where this scene was shot. The trunks have a mid rise, a full fit around the hips and a trim leg to the mid thigh. The swim trunks have side pockets with a light blue lining and a ruched waistband with a black outer draw string.
Bond was thankfully spared the long and baggy board short trend that was coming into fashion at the time of GoldenEye. Classic swim trunks such as these fell out of favour with the younger generations, who wouldn’t wear shorts or swim trunks above the knee and often sagged the shorts low on the hips for a longer leg, often exposing buttocks cleavage in the process. Europeans and others who still preferred Speedo-style swim briefs were the exception. The next time Bond would wear swim trunks was in Casino Royale, 11 years after GoldenEye. At that time the long board shorts were still fashionable, but Bond changed that.
Pierce Brosnan Could Have Easily Been A Bond Villain
This week's Style Archive looks to the shadowy side of 007's wardrobe By Murray Clark 23/10/2019
Style Archive: a series in which we celebrate the stars of the past that made menswear what it is today. This week: Pierce Brosnan, and the wardrobe of a moneyed megalomaniac.
By all accounts, James Bond should not be in the gainful employment of MI6. He's never on time. His government-issued licence to kill is abused almost daily. Despite several warnings about office romances, Bond continues to defecate on the proverbial doorstep. He is, in short, a villain of the nine-to-five. Especially during Pierce Brosnan's stint as the superspy.
Where his fellow 007s so often settled for wholesome British garb (Daniel Craig fought summer in linen, while Sean Connery canonised today's menswear classics almost 60 years ago), Brosnan did the opposite. This wasn't clean-cut, Savile Rowed splendour. This was loose. Colourful. A little bit filthy. And a lot like the rogue Texan oil heir that Bond, sadly, never got to battle in a burning refinery.
For during his youth, Brosnan took risks bigger than a movie studio's decision to hire Timothy Dalton. Except these actually paid off. At the 1996 premiere of Nomads, the actor went spaghetti-junction western, combining a bolo tie and El Paso battle armour with an oily, metallic palette. Since those were the days when VIPs could wear the same thing twice – and when a jaunt to Stringfellows wasn't deeply depressing and problematic – the gentleman spy attended the gentlemen's club in the same gilded suit with an extra clash below in the form of a poppy-into-paisley printed Cuban collared shirt.
Pierce Brosnan, with then-wife Cassandra, apparently signalling to henchmen which 00 agent requires a serious talking to, New York (1986)
But what does a megalomaniac billionaire wear on the downtime? What's an appropriate outfit for a morning spent conspiring with a woman who'll lead to Bond's next black mark from HR? The same Cuban collar shape, but this time with a jazzier, private island aesthetic, much like the sort Brosnan wore to a 1996 LA fundraiser. This isn't heroic, dashing, open the door for you m'lady menswear. This is open-shirted, smoking-openly while-people-are-eating, pairing-denim-with-tailoring-and-your-best-New-England-loafers menswear. Rule-breaking, then, in precisely the way we're championing again right now. Indeed, the return of big, Nineties silhouettes means the Brosnan mishmash is positively encouraged. Louis Vuitton and Marni are two of the brands to baggy-up for AW19.
Back then Brosnan's take was more colourful, and more at odds with the role that arguably defined his career. It's a sharper act in 2019: the now 66-year-old is going classic in his silver age. But when blockbuster premieres dictated your Friday night Blockbuster rental, and when James Bond faced off against villains with exquisitely crass one-liners, GoldenEye's golden boy was dressing for the enemy. After all, his behaviour wasn't all that dissimilar.
Pierce Brosnan Is More James Bond Than He's Ever Been
Well, they are looking for a Daniel Craig replacement
By Murray Clark 10/12/2019
It's been 17 years since we saw Bond's Aston Martin sliding across a frozen tundra, 'Bolero' (probably) blasting out from the stereo. And ever since Pierce Brosnan's final outing as 007 in Die Another Day, a gritty new Bond has looked after the licence to kill, (a Bond that some fans want to see dead). And yet Brosnan is more Bond than he's ever been.
At the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC, the 66-year-old enlisted the battle armour that made MI6's biggest philanderer famous, the sort we all associate with every iteration from Connery, to Moore, and yes, even Timothy Dalton. It was the tuxedo. A razor-sharp, classically trained, unyielding tuxedo.
In an age when menswear is showing its creative streak – even in a purely monochrome palette – Brosnan proves that the old ways can be followed. Better yet, they can even be preferable for a man that's always looked his finest in quintessential black tie. If it's not broke, don't fix it and all that.
The secret here? Don't mess with the formula. While the cummerbund may seem a little Pavarotti, it works on frames that aren't at all Pavarotti. And black is always flattering. And a Swiss watch is the best companion. And Brosnan is cooler than he's ever been, with his brood recently showcasing the same genes that made papa dearest one of the best Bonds of recent years. Even when he's not figure skating in an automobile.