Bond boots are made for talking (and driving, fighting, banging and kissing) and royal appointed shoemakers Crockett & Jones have been shoemakers to 007 for SKYFALL, SPECTRE and now NO TIME TO DIE.
Established in 1897, Crockett & Jones have worked with EON Productions every leather-lined step of the way. For NO TIME TO DIE, costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb has now been able to bring her ideas to the sole of Bond – alongside technical and production logistics for such a movie spy.
“The tuxedo is the most iconic of the James Bond wardrobe looks,” says Larlarb, “ – and the finishing touch to the tuxedo is, of course, the right pair of shoes. A shoe will finish off any look and make it perfect from a visual standpoint.” She continues, “Bond is known for his perfectly elegant comportment in all situations and in No Time To Die, Crockett & Jones’s shoes are very much a part of that equation”. “What separates a good custom make from a perfect one is a question of having the time to achieve that perfection – and we were steps ahead with Crockett & Jones’s already perfect lasts. They were able to provide for us exactly what we needed and without a hitch.”
“Working with Crockett & Jones to achieve the custom shoes we required for No Time To Die was an absolute pleasure from start to finish.”
Suttirat Anne Larlarb, costume designer, No Time to Die
Three new shoes surrounding and actually starring in NO TIME TO DIE have been added to the Crockett & Jones ensemble.
Fully leather lined, JAMES features an all-black interior with silver foiled logo and is presented in exclusive 007 packaging with a chrome shoe horn, shoe brush and a pair of fully lasted, hand-made shoe trees – all embossed with the 007 logo.
A plain fronted three eyelet derby shoe, the HIGHBURY is made from the finest calf leather and features C&J’s ‘City’ rubber sole. A Derby is one of the most versatile of all shoe styles – bridging the gap between smart and smart-casual wear with ease.
A plain fronted MOLTON Chukka boot is made to be robust and age defying with Dainite rubber soles. It is believed the Daniel Craig familiar Chukka boot has both a sporting and British military heritage dating back over a century.
Naturally, a Bond-esque short film has been made. Shot at Northampton’s Holdenby House and featuring an Aston Martin DB5 beginning its journey at Crockett & Jones’ Jermyn Street location in London, the film and more details about the shoemakers and their Bond linkages can be found on their website.