Jane Seymour says an “unbelievable” amount of money was spent on costumes for James Bond. She says the costumes on the set of James Bond were “unbelievable”. The actress played the coveted role of a Bond girl in the 1973 installment Live and Let Die, starring Roger Moore.
The 61-year-old was just 20 when she landed the role and says the experience was amazing. “There was a book of costume designs for every scene,” she marvelled to Grazia. “They made everything; shoes and even underwear that was never seen! Unbelievable expense went into it.”
Throughout the franchise’s 50-year history the look of the iconic Bond girl has influenced fashion dramatically. In the 1962 film Dr. No, Ursula Andress caused a stir as Honey Ryder, when she stepped out of the sea in a sexy white bikini that impressed men and women alike.
“That one moment defines how much of an impact Bond girl fashion’s had,” explained Jany Temime, costume designer for the latest 007 film Skyfall. “I was working in a Paris boutique and had 100 women a day asking for Ursula’s bathing suit.” Jany dressed Bérénice Marlohe, who plays Bond girl Severine in Skyfall, alongside Daniel Craig. She describes the actress as a “sex bomb”, and explains why she dressed Bérénice the way she did. “I went for femme fatale and ’50s film noir,” she revealed.
“I put her in a black L’Wren Scott dress and high but classic Jimmy Choos; then [a] dark-red dress from Donna Karen.”