Guests were invited to have a martini—shaken, not stirred—and explore the International Spy Museum’s exhibit, “Exquisitely Evil.”
The evening’s host was retired Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer, who has a decorated history as an intelligence officer from North Korea to Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Shaffer also gained fame for the censor of his book, Operation Dark Heart. With him was celebrity stylist Stacy London, known as a host of Love, Lust or Run, and a co-host of What Not to Wear.
Possibly no one knows style better than Stacy London, or the world of spycraft like Tony Shaffer. As a result, the charismatic spy duo made for a James Bond-esque pairing. Tony and Stacy presented a fun lecture on the dash, design, and flair of the film’s costumes, and how they supported the parallel reality.
Shared moments, from Honey Ryder’s infamous bikini, to Roger Moore’s first leisure suit, to Barbara Bach’s dress and matching accessories, to the modern James Bond, played by Daniel Craig (who was recognized at the event the ultimate James Bond). Eve Green was dubbed the best Bond Girl, with her stunning dress from Casino Royale.
Stacy London provided most of the commentary of how the costumes were reflective of the characters and times of the film, and Tony Shaffer discussed the functionality in real world scenarios that the costumes would have provided.
In the end, both Tony and Stacy agreed that more men should go and get tailored suits, because it’s not that hard to dress like James Bond in a city with the highest number of spies per capita (by definition) in the world.