The Secret Reason Kate Middleton Wore Jenny Packham To The Bond Premiere

The designer has created eight dresses to celebrate sixty years of James Bond.

A model wearing a dress from Jenny Packham

by Natalie Hammond |
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When Kate Middleton arrived at the premiere ofNo Time To Die, the general consensus was that she looked like a Bond girl. What people might not have realised is that her golden gown's designer - Jenny Packham - has form when it comes to that particular franchise.

Rosamund Pike's dress in Die Another Day - an ice blue gown that had a waterfall of crystals cascading from one shoulder - was by Packham. As was the pomegranate silk creation worn by Caterina Murino, with ribbon-like ties criss-crossing her naked back, in Casino Royale. Put simply, the woman knows how to deliver goddess-like glamour, hence why she's such a go-to for red carpet royalty (quite literally in the case of Middleton).

So to celebrate six decades of James Bond, and collaborating with EON Productions, Packham has designed an eight-piece eveningwear collection inspired by the dresses worn by Eunice Gayson (in Dr No), Maud Adams (in Octopussy) and Barbara Bach (in The Spy Who Loved Me) to name just three.

A model wearing a gold sequinned dress from Jenny Packham
The Goldfinger gown ©Greg Williams Photography

Kate Middleton's gown, with its sunburst sequins and caped back, is almost identical to one of the dresses in the collection (the shoulders appear ever-so-slightly different). That's right, you can now buy the dress, inspired of course by Goldfinger, that almost broke the internet).

Speaking to Vogue__, Packham revealed the essence of a Bond girl dress. 'Generally a Bond girl look is all about colour, a classic, sexy silhouette, and just not too over the top really.' The fourth quality, naturally, is impact. As Packham told Vogue, 'Caterina said that dress changed her life. The whole cast went quiet; all the men wanted her and the women wanted to be her.'

If that sounds right up your street, you can now shop (in-store only) a recreation of Murino's, which has the same alluring back, as well as dresses inspired by The Spy Who Loved Me, Octopussy, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough.

While you wait, the only thing to worry about is an occasion that's glamorous enough to warrant such a knock-out gown. Consider us, like the most famous martini of all time, shaken and stirred.


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The Duchess of Cornwall

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Clara Amfo

Phoebe Waller-Bridge5 of 10

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Wearing Azzaro

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Emma Raducanu

Wearing Dior.

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Kate Middleton

Wearing Jenny Packham

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Ana de Armas

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Lea Seydoux

Wearing Louis Vuitton

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Daniel Craig

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