Because it is the anniversary of Ian Fleming’s birth today, in 1908, we thought we would look at themes related to his work. Most obviously, of course, we have James Bond, a theme which regularly crops up as a seemingly glamorous option, until the guys find that tuxedos are not as easy to come by as they thought (but check out the tuxedo Morphsuit!), and the girls feel they would like to be something a little better than arm-candy in a cocktail dress. Here at Props & Frocks, we have solved this problem with a helpful information page within this site, which gives a range of Bond-related costume suggestions to suit almost all tastes. Of course there is a new Bond film, Skyfall, scheduled for the end of this year, but it would be fair to say that the recent films have offered fewer costuming opportunities, than their predecessors of the 1960s & 70s. On the other hand, Fleming’s more specialist fantasy work ‘Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang’ about a flying racing car offers some interesting characters, from the devious Child Catcher to the many guises of the heroine Truly Scrumptious.
Being as he was born in 1930, 25th August will be Sean Connery’s 80th birthday. As he is best known for playing James Bond, a 007 Bond fancy dress party is the obvious choice for today’s theme. It can be quite easy for men, as all you woul dneed to wear is a dinner suit and a shoulder holster and gun On the other hand his early career saw him working with Disney Studios, notably playing a young caretaker enlisting the aid of some leprechauns in Darby O’Gill and the Little People and in his time he’s taken on a number of other heroic roles from King Arthur and Robin Hood to Allan Quartermain of King Solomon’s Mines in ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’, plus of course Indiana Jones’ father. He’s also been a villain (Sir August De Wynter in The Avengers) and been involved in a few quirky projects. These include the ‘rival’ James Bond movie ‘Never Say Never Again’, a sci-fi remake of the classic western High Noon (Outland) and a strange fantasy feature loosely based on the Wizard of Oz – ‘Zardoz’. So, if you find the Bond theme a little restrictive, there’s plenty of other scope for celebrating this great actor’s career with other characters from his repertoire.
We are producing an information page for costume ideas for a James Bond Theme – as a lot of our customers find it very restrictive. There are however, a huge range of potential costumes that you can choose from – Watch This Space!