Goldfinger had its U.S. premiere 50 years ago today. The third film in the James Bond series is still regarded as one of the best, and not only because it introduced the world to a character named Pussy Galore. The title practically begs you to start singing the the Shirley Bassey theme song (When was the last time you caught yourself singing the words “Quantum of Solace?”) and Sean Connery is at his rakish best.
As with all Bond films, Goldfinger showcased the refined style that 007 is known for (and a couple of questionable fashion choices). In honor of the 50th anniversary of the movie, here are 9 style lessons you can learn from Goldfinger.
1. Blend In With Your Surroundings
The first time we see Connery, he has a fake bird atop his scuba mask as a disguise. Is this a good look? No. But it helps Bond from being noticed as he swims.
2. Be Prepared
Most guys would go commando while wearing a wetsuit. Not James Bond. He has a crisp white dinner jacket on underneath because you never know when you’ll need to be in black tie.
3. Don’t Get Too Caught Up In Trends
Perhaps there was a time when a one-piece, terry cloth coverup with short shorts was acceptable pool attire. But that time has passed and Bond will never be able to get this look back.
4. Know The Elements
You never know when it’s going to rain or when you might get shot at by a machine-gun, so a bulletproof trench coat is always a good thing to have.
5. Dress The Part
I really don’t know what the style lesson is here, but this shot of Oddjob caddying is just so great.
6. Mix Different Shades Of The Same Color
Connery has at least four different shades of brown on in this outfit and it shows a level of sophistication that stands out for all the right reasons.
7. Wear A Sharp Hat
Your hat doesn’t have to be so sharp that it can cut marble statues (bonus points if it is though) but the fight piece of headwear can pull a look together.
8. Embrace Wearables
Way before there were Nike+ chips to insert into your sneakers, Bond was installing homing devices in the heel of his bespoke footwear. The key is he incorporated wearable technology discreetly. James Bond is no Glass-hole.
9. Find The Right Fit For Your Body
By going with baggy Payne Stewart-esque golf attire, Goldfinger only makes his fat self look fatter. Bond, on the other hand, looks as sharp as the Black Knight, Gary Player.
10. Know How To Tie A Tie
Look at that schlub on the right, with the narrow end of his tie longer than the wide end. No wonder Goldfinger gassed him.