James Bond Looks Great in a Turtleneck

Helen Mirren and Alan Cumming

Helen Mirren and Alan Cumming. Photo by Patrick McMullan Company.

The opening scene of the latest James Bond film, Spectre - starring Daniel Craig, Léa Seydoux, and Christoph Waltz - features a villain with a man bun as he’s chased through the streets of Mexico City. Let’s just say he doesn’t last long. There were no sartorial misdemeanors at Champagne Bollinger and The Cinema Society’s early screening of the film Thursday evening, though - Helen Mirren, Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti, Patti Smith, Alan Cumming, Dree Hemingway all dressed the part, sipping both champagne and martinis, of course, later at the after party at The Lion.

This year, Bond takes his martini dirty—not the usual “shaken, not stirred.” Being the 24th Bond film, and Craig’s fourth (and rumored last), the character has come a long way. Spectre is arguably Bond’s softest performance, and we’re not just talking about the abundance of cashmere sweaters featured in the film, rather than suits. One could argue that both Bond’s sense of style and manhood has taken a Drake-like turn.

When asked if she preferred Bond in a suit or a turtleneck, Hemingway had to think for a second, but went with suit in the end. Johannes Huebl agreed, but he admitted that his favorite look in the film was Bond’s black Moncler turtleneck. With hints that Bond might be headed for retirement, perhaps we’ll see him finally lean in to “athleisure” in the next film.