Pierce Brosnan Is More James Bond Than He's Ever Been
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 license 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 armor 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.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.