Shaken, Not Stirred

Sai Bennett recreates iconic scene in Casino Royale with Port and Persol

“In poker you never play your hand. You play the man across from you.”
– James Bond

The latest instalment in the James Bond series, No Time to Die, has an increasingly ironic title, doomed to be forever postponed. Now set for October later this year, the release has been used as an unlikely yardstick, its presence in the cinema a sign that things, finally, are back to normal. It also marks Daniel Craig’s final reprise as the MI6 agent, a journey that first began with 2006’s Casino Royale, the sober reboot that heralded a definitive departure from Pierce Brosnan’s increasingly camp, endlessly quipping Bond. At the time, Time Out New York’s film critic praised Craig’s “crisp, hateful, Mamet-worthy snarl…This is a screwed-up Bond, a rogue Bond, a bounder, a scrapper and, in the movie’s astoundingly bleak coda, an openhearted lover.”

Channelling this multi-faceted take, luxury eyewear Persol – per il sole or ‘for the sun’ – together with Port, have created a short featuring young British star Sai Bennett. Bennett, seen in Close to the Enemy, Mr Selfridge and most recently The Spanish Princess, delivers the iconic first encounter between Vesper Lynd, played by Eva Green, and the calculating secret agent, astutely performing both in jet black low and wide men’s shape and diva-inspired cat-eye shades – PO3268S and PO0582S respectively.

The Italian brand’s ties to Bond run deep, with the sleek PE2672-S worn in Die Another Day, 2611S in Goldeneye and the iconic 2720 metal frame and 2244 green lens turtle frame in Casino Royale. Persol, of course, is no stranger to cinema, first coming to prominence in Italian films in the 1960s before making the transition to Hollywood blockbusters from the late 70s onwards. Until we can enjoy Bond as it was meant to, with strangers in a darkened room, Bennet’s short may be the next best thing.

Production Company Untold Studios
Directors & Photographers The Reids
Producer Tia Varnnard
Production Runner Ed Lloyd 
Runners Tessa Nylen & Aliyah Varnnard 
Photographers Assistant Jacob Ray 
Sound Recordist Timo Saila 
Art Director Liza Radlov
Stylist Mitchell Belk 
Styling Assistant Archie Roberts 
Hair Stylist Mike O’ Gorman