Does 56-year-old film producer Barbara Broccoli, have the best job in the world?
We ask because this is the woman whose day-job is choosing the next James Bond, 007.
Imagine how awful that would be – interviewing a series of hunky Hollywood actors to see which of them could best inherit the role of James Bond 007, originally played by Sean Connery but subsequently played by Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
Actors in the running, with whom Ms Broccoli would be forced to get up close and personal, include Michael Fassbender, Tom Hiddleston and Damien Lewis, with David Oyelowo and Idris Elba both being pitched as the first Black James Bond.
Current front-runner is Aidan Turner, he of Poldark bare chest fame…
Ms Broccoli came to this horrifically arduous job via her father, Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, creator of the James Bond franchise, the series of films originally based on the Ian Fleming novels but lately based on novels by, among others, Anthony Horowitz.
Broccoli started working in the Bond franchise at the age of 17 and has now produced eight Bond films, from Goldeneye starring Pierce Brosnan in 1995, up to the most recent, Spectre, starring Daniel Craig, released in 2015. She is now on the verge of finding a replacement for Craig who has played Bond since 2006.
At 56, Broccoli seems pretty cool and very stylish but, as we keep saying, that is what 50-something looks like these days.
Her fashion style is understated – and not just understated by Hollywood standards where the concept of “Less is More” is not widely adhered to. That does mean, however, that Ms Broccoli wears a lot of black, a lot. We could barely find pictures of her wearing any colour other than black (or pictured without her Bond co-producer Michael Wilson). But black suits her.
If you want to be understated but black does not suit you, copy her style but do it in dark navy, or grey or chocolate brown; we promise the Style Police won’t come to arrest you for not wearing black!
What do you think of Barbara Broccoli’s style? Actually, more importantly – who do you want to be the next Bond?!
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