Daniel Craig in a Tom Ford suit, Daniel Craig’s outfit for the long-awaited bond film No Time to Die … [+]
“Every day is a math problem, a massive constant math problem,” says Suttirat Larlarb.
She is the Costume Designer of the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die. This film will be released this weekend after a huge delay due to the pandemic. While 007’s looks are always a slick affair, to pull off the bespoke and tailored aesthetic for which James Bond is known through the rigors of an action film takes a lot of calculations behind the scenes.
“Many of Daniel’s suits are required for incredible action sequences, of which we need 33 plus multiples of the same suit with slightly different sizing and technical requirements,” Larlarb explains.
“We have to account for stunt padding or harnesses, or for the stunt double and photo double. Daniel has 12 to 20 of his own that are the same but slightly distressed for post explosion, post water, a little bit of blood, every kind of damage you can imagine that might need to befall a suit like that. But it always has to look perfectly tailored for him.”
Suttirat Larlarb, Costume designer, amongst the huge costume department set to No Time to Die.
Although it’s more than just the fittings for a film like this, there are the heavy logistics to consider from production to delivery. Take for example the story of Bond’s tux in the film. After being developed and fitted in New York it was made into 33 different versions. Production took place in the north of Italy. It took a lot of work to get one suit to Jamaica, where filming was taking places. There were calculations and couriers involved. People stayed up late to pick up packages or flew overnight to get the tuxes.
“The amount of hands that it passed through is quite an interesting tale,”She laughs. “So it’s such that we have an incredible team of logisticians that make it happen.”
For Larlarb, this process is helped by partnering with designers who have worked with the Bond franchise in the past and who understand that it’s more than about ordering 10 of the same thing. That’s why the fashionBrand or designerThis is less important than the experience and knowledge the brand may possess in executing costuming on a film such as Bond. This is contrary to the Bond franchise’s reputation for being a popular film. fashionGlamour and style. Audiences naturally believe that there are many high quality products.fashionDesigners involved in costuming.
“For me, the brand involvement was always secondary to what the requirements of character and costume design were. So if a brand had traditionally worked with the Bond franchise in the past, I would note that and know that I could go to them to potentially help us produce what we needed,”The designerThis explains.
No Time to Die is the most diverse James Bond film to date. It features four strong female characters. … [+]
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Tom Ford was one of the brands Larlarb worked closely with for this film. He produced the tuxedo Bond wears, along with many suits and jeans. Ford had produced suits for the Bond franchise in the past, so for Larlarb, between the brand’s aesthetic and quality combined with Ford’s experience in working with Bond films prior, she felt confident that Ford and his team would have the technical knowledge to help her achieve her goals.
This Bond film is more than just 007. This Bond film is one that is diverse and unique. Larlarb loves the four strong female protagonists.
Naomie Harris plays Monie Penny. Lashana Lynch, who plays Nomi, is MI6’s new brightest and most popular character. She is also the first black, female 007. Lea Seydoux portrays Madeleine, a prominent psychologist. Paloma is played by Ana de Armas. She is a field agent for CIA and is on her first mission.
Lashana Lynch, an actor, is seen here with Daniel Craig. She is the first black woman to play 007.
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“Traditionally, one could say that many female characters in the past, even though they’re iconic figures, could be relegated to the realm of feeling a little bit like wallpaper,”Larlarb: “And these characters are absolutely not that at all. They are strong, self-possessed, important, plot-driving women, all in their own right, and this was a really fantastic opportunity to be able to put a stamp on those kinds of female characters in a Bond film.”
Bond’s film had strong female actors, but there were also strong female players offscreen. This created a new dynamic for the costume department, which was more supportive. designerDuring the process.
“For this film, I had so much support from a strong female producer and from Phoebe Waller Bridge who was part of the script process. This was so different from when I was a young, aspiring designer of color, where I wasn’t seeing representation, certainly on screen and definitely not within the ranks of the production process,”Larlarb:
“So there was a lot of positive reinforcement and female awesomeness that was so present with this film. It was so heartening to me to be able to, in this moment, be the person charged with dressing these strong female leads.”
This weekend, No Time to Die will be in theaters across the country.
Ana de Armas portrays a CIA agent on a first mission in No Time to Die.
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