James Bond is known for his love of classic cars, beautiful women and martinis; ‘shaken not stirred’. But the famous fictional spy is also associated with looking sharp in a well-tailored suit, and a clean-shaven jawline. We take a look at how to get grooming like 007, and let’s face it; who wouldn’t want to be James Bond?
So what has Mr Bond shaved with in the past?
In Goldfinger (1964), Bond uses a Gillette slim handle razor. He shaves while he’s on the way to America in Goldfinger’s plane. There’s more than meets the eye in this shaving tool though, as the handle of the razor concealed a hidden tracking device. A few years later in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), 007 is instead opting for a heavy-toothed Gillette razor as his go-to shaving device. Not one to keep things simple, this razor also doubled-up as a knuckle-duster.
By 1974, at the release of The Man with the Golden Gun, Bond develops a sense of loyalty to a razor brand, opting for a Hoffritz safety-razor, which was modelled on the heavy-toothed Gillette one he had used previously. This razor sticks with Bond for the next thirteen years, as he is seen shaving with it in Octopussy (1983) and The Living Daylights (1987).
Bond did have a quick foray into the land of electric shavers, in Die Another Day (2002), where Piers Brosnan uses a Philishave Sensotec HQ8894 to shave away his shaggy hair and beard after a stint in prison in North Korea. This was a one-off, as Bond was soon back to the traditional methods of shaving.
Watch him escape and shave away the facial fuzz here:
James Bond can be seen as quite an old-school type of fellow, and this is certainly the case the next time we see him shaving with a razor. In Skyfall (2012), Daniel Craig as James Bond uses a shaving cream bowl and brush, for that classic shaving experience. His weapon of choice when it comes to getting a clean shave is a straight cut razor. To be specific, a cut-throat DOVO Solingen razor with a #41 Stainless Steel blade. In this scene, Moneypenny unexpectedly visits and helps Bond to get the smooth finish, noting that “sometimes the old ways are the best”. Back in 2012, when Skyfall was first released on the big screen, retailers reported that sales of cut-throat razors rose by 405 percent. Unfortunately, they don’t come with a beautiful woman to shave your face for you!
Watch Moneypenny shave Bond in Skyfall:
Of course, a clean-shaven face is nothing if you don’t style your hair neatly too. With the busy life of a secret agent, it’s no good picking a hair-do that requires a drawer full of creams, waxes and sprays. You need a sensible and simplistic cut that still oozes with class and style. In the most recent addition to the James Bond franchise, Spectre (2015), Daniel Craig sports just this look.
The cut itself was achieved only with a pair of scissors and a comb, providing more texture, shape and definition to the ‘do. The hair on the sides of the head is cut to around 1-1.5cm in length, whereas the top is left a little longer at around 2cm. This allows for a detailed hairline as well as the signature quiff flick at the front. All you need for this is to let it dry and add a little texture using some styling clay. Perfect for a busy man such as Mr Bond!
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