Tuxedo and Martini


"Shaken, not stirred, will get you cold water with a dash of gin and dry vermouth. The reason you stir it with a special spoon is so not to chip the ice. James is ordering a weak martini and being snooty about it."
President Bartlet, The West Wingnote 

Everyone knows this character. He wears a tuxedo with a small Bowtie (which Is Cool), a martini in one hand (shaken, not stirred, naturally) and a pistol or revolver in the other. Announcing himself as "Surname... Forename Surname", he engages in witty Double Entendre speak with busty high society women that leads into the bedroom. And just in case he finds himself in a particularly hopeless situation, he'll have a gadget hidden in his cuff links that will allow him to defeat the mooks (with a bad pun or two thrown in posthumously) and save the day.

The character that should have immediately come to mind with that description is, of course, James Bond. However, while Bond has definitely popularized many of these aspects, most Shallow Parodies out there can't seem to find anything beyond the above paragraph to make fun of (They also seem to miss that Bond typically wore situation-appropriate attire during field work).note  It's also interesting to note that most of these tropes were NOT in the Ian Fleming books. For example, the films inverted his usual stirred-not-shaken Drink Order. Nevertheless, this is how James Bond is viewed by and large.

Contractually guaranteed to show up in everything that has to do with secret agents from ~1963 onwards. Exceptions are almost noteworthy in their own right, although there is the alternative trope of "Stale Beer flavour" Spy Fiction.

This outfit is used to indicate an international spy figure in much the same way a Conspicuous Trenchcoat is used to indicate a spy or detective in a more urban environment.

As so many of these characters could be seen as placeholders for James Bond, this whole page could be considered his character-specific subtrope of Fountain of Expies. See also Dead Unicorn Trope


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    Films — Live-Action 
  • In True Lies, the major hook is that Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a secret agent who keeps the nature of his work secret from his wife. His tuxedo is lampshaded in a scene during a secret mission where he opens his drysuit to reveal a tux. We are then given a contrast between his work and home life by transitioning from this opening to his home where his daughter disrespects him and his wife wears glasses.
  • xXx was essentially one big Take That against this trope, and opened with one such agent being easily tracked down and killed because his tux stood out in the heavy metal concert he tried to escape through. Then used again where Darius had to dress up as a waiter at a party. The disguise works well enough to hide him amongst a lot of other guys when they were on to him.
  • Even the James Bond films occasionally have their fun with this, especially the slightly Darker and Edgier Daniel Craig reboots.
    • Take Goldfinger, where after Bond has sneaked in to a drug factory in a drysuit and blown it up. He comes out of the water, removes the drysuit — and reveals a neat tuxedo.
    • In The Living Daylights Bond turns up in a tux and is told off by a fellow agent. "This is a mission, not a fancy dress ball." Bond then has to get into a sniper position, and a velcro collar on his tux instantly converts it into a blacksuit so he doen't stand out in the dark room. Also, in Bond's defence on this one, the mission takes place at a prestigious concert hall during a classical music production, so the tux actually helps him blend in while he's there as well.
    • The martini line is subverted in Casino Royale (2006):
      Bond: I'll have a martini.
      Bartender: Shaken or stirred?
      Bond: Do I look like I give a damn?
  • Clark Devlin in The Tuxedo is almost never seen without his tux. He's smooth with the ladies and dances very well. Slightly subverted in that most of that is due to the tux being a highly-advanced piece of technology that does most of it for him. He is seen without his tux at the end, on the roof with a sniper rifle wearing something a SWAT member might wear. He is never shown in action, though.
  • Carstairs from Carry On Spying is this trope, but it's not surprising because Spying was the first James Bond parody in movie history.
  • Done in at least one scene per movie in the Mission: Impossible series. In fact, the opening of the very first movie involved the heroes in tuxedos.
  • Played With rather heavily in Kingsman: The Secret Service, where the type is Deconstructed, then eventually played straight.
  • Subverted in Haywire, in which Paul, who Mallory believes to be an MI-6 agent sent to help her and who behaves just like this, is actually not a suave British spy but a thuggish Irish Psycho for Hire who's been hired to kill her and another target and frame her for the other guy's death.

    Comic Books 
  • Planetary's John Stone is 50% James Bond, 50% Nick Fury, with the style and the gadgets and the introduction to match.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier, has a dark Deconstruction of the literary Bond, with all his worst aspects played up. Bond himself appears (with the serials scratched off— his name is only given as "Jimmy", but we're also told he's related to Campion Bond)... and he's a sociopathic rapist manchild with a Torture Porn fetish who gets the crap kicked out of him after some jokes about a woman's stage name being Oodles O'Quim. He's quite a Jerk Ass even beforehand, so this is very satisfying. As well as that, he's reckless, bungling, Ax-Crazy, nervous, abusive, too reliant on his own gadgets (which often don't work), is a wonderful shot but pathetic in a fistfight and doesn't care for how much collateral damage he causes during operations. And all his adventures are fabricated for British morale. Unfortunately, we see him walk off with the girl in the end, after he murders her adoptive uncle, who had exposed him as a traitor, coward and in the pocket of the CIA. Allan Quartermain even mocks how sorry the British adventure hero has become.
  • In Athena Voltaire, Desmond Forsyth, the British secret agent who sometimes works with Athena, seems to be of this school. Athena criticises him for insisting on a nice suit even when there's a good chance of danger.
    Desmond: Athena, please. I'm representing the British Empire.
    Athena: Yeah, well, you look less like you're ready for action and more like you're ready for tea.

  • The Jennifer Morgue: The subject of both Affectionate Parody and Take That in the Charles Stross novel. Because of the Theory of Narrative Causality, the protagonist and his girlfriend starts acting out James Bond tropes, commenting how much he differs from Bond. In regard to Bond's signature drink, every time it's ordered in the novel, there are comments on how awful it tastes.
  • The Tom Clancy novels are rather scornful of the CIA types that the real intelligence agents refer to as 'Martini Mixers'.
  • Hamish Bond in Dracula Cha-Cha-Cha.
  • In Subversive Activity, Reddon (only his love interest calls him "James") wears evening dress, carries useful gadgets, expresses an appreciation for a vodka martini shaken not stirred, and appears constitutionally incapable of leaving an entendre undoubled. He also has a justification for wearing evening dress while breaking into the opponent's lair: at first he just says it's "rather a tradition in my service", but later he elaborates that because he and his secret service colleagues all dress that way when they go to work, it is de facto the uniform of the service, and therefore if he is captured by the enemy he can claim honorable treatment as a uniformed serviceman under The Laws and Customs of War and avoid being shot out of hand as a spy.
  • In Death: Roarke comes pretty close to this trope. Divided In Death had Peabody pretty much refer to him as an Expy of James Bond.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Gilligan's Island, the castaways find a locked government briefcase. Gilligan has a dream about being a James Bond / Mission: Impossible Expy, Agent 014, with him trying to deliver the briefcase while everyone from the secretary (Mary Ann) to the Big Bad (Mr. Howell) tries to kill him for it.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Bashir likes to run a holosuite program that enables him to basically BE the film James Bond. "Bashir, Julian Bashir." He also specifies his martinis "stirred, not shaken" to invert Bond's usual drink order. Lampshaded all the way by Garak's constant snarking about it, when he was along for one run of the program (when something weird happened, of course). Despite the presence of an honest to goodness secret agent in the program, Bashir ignores him because he's playing James Bond, and is not in an actual covert operation, and the two play by different rules.
    Garak (on having it explained to him that the decadent living and Bond Girls are government-issue): "I think I joined the wrong intelligence service!"
  • Parodied in That Mitchell and Webb Look with 'Agent Suave', who has a Casino Royale (2006)-style adventure in a high-stakes casino where all the games are typical village fete things like 'guessing the weight of a fruitcake' and 'whack the rat'.
    M Expy: And, Suave... good luck.
    Suave: I won't need luck.
    M Expy: You're going to a casino.
    Suave: Oh, God, yes, that's right. Blimey. Fingers crossed!
    • The same sketch also subverts the one-liners: it quickly turns out Mission Control provides them. For both Suave and the villain.
  • Reilly, Ace of Spies: Sidney Reilly. Considering that Reilly, a man shrouded in mystery, was possibly a Real Life inspiration for Bond, this makes it a bit of Truth in Television. Consider also that he was played by Sam Neill, who was screen-tested for the role of James Bond in The Living Daylights.
  • Played with a lot in Chuck. Chuck Bartowski is the furthest thing from James Bond you can find. But he still tries, because he's Functional Genre Savvy. When he evolves from The Woobie to Iron Woobie, he makes it work. In fact, because he's so successful (thanks to Casey, Sarah and the Intersect) that the default name he uses when he goes on a mission becomes feared by the enemy agents as a Bond-esque Tuxedo super-spy. Bryce Larkin, in the early episodes, highlights the 'international superspy' as he should be, and Roan Montgomery basically IS Bond, if he were allowed to genuinely age.
  • Mythbusters tested out if you could wear a tuxedo under a dry suit to crash a party on a yacht. After swimming underwater for half a mile, Jaime came up out of the water, stripped off the dry suit, and was able to attend the party in a perfectly presentable tux.
  • Get Smart! was a spoof of Spy Fiction in general, so naturally, the show included a few digs at James Bond. Max usually wore a suit and tie, but would occasionally don a tux while on assignment. Whenever he met a contact, he'd introduce himself as, "Smart... Maxwell Smart. CONTROL Agent 86." The series also parodied the "shaken, not stirred" routine, by having Max either pick up the wrong drink while he was distracted, or by spilling it on himself, since his drink usually came with an umbrella.
  • In Living Color! has a James Bond parody skit, where the agent asks for a beer "shaken, not stirred". He opens the can, and beer squirts out.
  • Das Unsichtbare Visier (1973-79). Alarmed over the growing underground popularity of James Bond among their youth, the East German government created this TV series in which a Stasi agent played by Armin Mueller-Stahl battled the evil CIA, West Germany, resurgent Nazis, and other forces of decadent Western capitalism.



    Video Games 
  • In one scene in Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc, a Hoodlum dresses in a tuxedo and holds a gun in the classic James Bond poster pose, before throwing it aside and pressing a button on his arm, which produces a ridiculously large mechanical device, which fires a laser beam that turns an unfortunate caterpillar into something resembling a roast turkey.
  • The Spy in Team Fortress 2. Impeccable three-piece suit (that can now come with a bow tie), upper-class speech patterns and haughty mannerisms (that is, when he isn't given to childish insults), wears a fancy wristwatch with a built-in cloaking device and all sorts of other fancy gadgets. Promise not to get blood on his suit and he'll kill you quickly. Would probably fit in any high-class reception if he didn't wear his balaclava at all times.
  • Metal Gear
    • If one plays Metal Gear Solid enough times, Snake will do this with a Tuxedo instead of his trademark Spy Catsuit. And damn he does look fiiiine in a Tux.
    • Playing Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater while wearing the Tuxedo nets Naked Snake an amusing and annoyed lecture from The Boss about how impractical it is. There's also a conversation about James Bond with the other characters (specifically the Major, who is a complete James Bond fanboy) suggesting silly things (like a gun shaped like a snake) that he could use.
  • The Imperial Agent player character in Star Wars: The Old Republic is a thinly-veiled James Bond Expy.
  • The Spy in Command & Conquer: Red Alert appears, at least to the Allies, as a man in a dapper (if combat-inappropriate) tuxedo-and-bowtie; selecting him or giving him an order causes him to reply in a Connery-ish voice. Of course, to opponents (i.e., the Soviets) he looks like one of their own units, unless discovered by a guard dog.
  • Harry Tipper of TimeSplitters. In the second game he is strapped to a bed with a laser aimed at him...
  • Secret Agent Clank, the character that Clank plays on television as his day job in 'Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, is an obvious James Bond parody.
    • 'Ratchet in a tux' is a common skin unlocked throughout the PS2 games.
  • Inverted by Spy Party, where Spy players are least likely to choose this outfit as the spy, presumably because they expect the sniper will be suspicious of that character.
  • In Hatoful Boyfriend, Yuuya turns out to be one of these. His ED title card even reads " Yuuya Only Lives Twice".
  • John Steele, the British super-agent in Evil Genius, is an obvious James Bond parody, showing up immaculately dressed to invade your Island Base. He is also the toughest enemy in the game.
  • SPY Fox, while he doesn't drink or wield a gun, is a blatant example. He uses the line "shaken but not stirred" to describe himself being jostled, which happens to him often in his line of work.

    Web Comics 
  • Good Hitler in Goats, e.g. here. Note tuxedo, martini; the "last, first last" introduction may not have been included, though. In fact there's an entire Good Hitler franchise in the Goats verse, replacing not only Bond flicks ("Die and Die Again", "Death Never Lives Twice", "Quantum of Hitlers"), but almost every other known movie ("Good Hitler vs. Space Hitler", "The Search for Good Hitler").
  • Sluggy Freelance: In December of 2001 the strip did a James Bond parody called Snowfinger. After Santa Claus is mutated into an alien hybrid, Bun-bun is recruited by the Christmas elves to stop Santa from distributing presents laced with alien mutagenic spores.
  • Karate Bears Clean up good, and love to drink. Look.
  • Agent 300 started out as a Shallow Parody of Bond, used in his introductory comic to prove how useless a character like that would be in a confrontation with Niels. However, his author liked him so much he inexplicably recovers from the head wound Duncan deals him in that strip and quickly becomes a much more fleshed-out Breakout Character.
    • The fan-made spinoff comic Secret Agent Men has fun playing with this trope as it more fully explores the agency 300 and 250 work for.
  • Parodied in the epilogue of Adventurers!, where Cody becomes a "suave international superspy" and tries to order his soda "shaken and stirred."
  • Manly Guys Doing Manly Things: D37-9E-A53 (Ace to his friends and family) is a vat-grown time-travelling spacefuture Super Soldier rather than a spy, but otherwise nails pretty much the trope spot on. He wears a tuxedo when off duty, regularly drinks martinis, speaks with a British accent, has an eye for the ladies and acts as The Social Expert in his squad/family group.

    Western Animation 
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers example: "Double-O Dale." Both Dale and his role model Dirk Suave are depicted in Tuxedo and Martini style all the time when they were doing secret agent work.
  • Derek Blunt on Darkwing Duck. Although he dresses and acts to fit the Bond stereotype, Blunt unusually eschews gadgets and tricks in favor of realistic spy work.
  • One episode of ReBoot spoofed this type of character with "Matrix, Enzo Matrix", as well as Wacky Races.
  • Archer, a total Jerk Ass secret agent with massive mother issues, lives the trope — notably, he puts off defusing a bomb to change from his tuxedo to a black turtleneck. It's portrayed in a kind of Bunny-Ears Lawyer way; his flair for the dramatic and fondness for women and alcohol constantly get him in trouble, and he's incredibly irresponsible with the safety of anyone around him, but much like Bond, when it comes to hand-to-hand combat, firefights, and other So Much for Stealth stuff he's practically a superhero.
  • Phineas and Ferb: "Elementary, My Dear Stacy" takes place in England. Because of a prior incident with the union, Agent P works with Agent Double-O O. The latter takes hours to burn through a manacle, while Agent P simply gets the key off a table.
  • Discussed in The Venture Bros. episode "Fallen Arches", when Brock needs to fight some mooks while wearing a tuxedo for his role in The Importance of Being Earnest:
    Brock: I love wearing a tux when I kill guys. Makes me kinda feel like James Bond.
    • In the episode "All This and Gargantua-2", when Brock is doing undercover recon at a space-borne casino, he eschews the baccarat table because "nobody but spies play baccarat". Cut to the baccarat table, where three men in tuxedos are receiving their drink orders, to discover that they all ordered martinis, shaken not stirred.
  • Spoofed in an episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic where Pinkie Pie believes Donut Joe is secretly this.
    Pinkie Pie: Or as he's known in the spy world, Mane. Con Mane.
  • In the Arthur episode "Arthur Makes a Movie" when the kids aren't allowed to go see a "James Hound" film they decide to make one themselves. Practically the only thing they know about Hound is he wears a suit & bowtie, so Arthur (playing Hound) has to wear them even though they don't have a black bowtie, only a yellow polka-dotted one.
  • The Simpsons episode, You Only Move Twice, is a parody where Homer unknowingly takes a job with an Affably Evil supervillain, there is a Connery-Bond expy dressed in a tuxedo who escapes from a laser trap a la Goldfinger, only to be accidently stopped by Homer. It didn't end well for him.

    Real Life 
  • Dusko Popov was a Yugoslav who worked for British intelligence (and convinced the Germans he was spying for them while feeding them false information) during World War II, mostly as a way to live large and have love affairs on an expense account. He worked with Ian Fleming and one of his exploits at a casino in Portugal may have inspired Casino Royale.
  • In World War II both the British and American services recruited a large number of gentleman-spies. Some of them like Trope Namer Ian Fleming and Graham Greene retired to write Spy Fiction. Dennis Wheatley is best known for his paranoia-laden occult thrillers. Others like Nicholas Eliot continued as a career. Kim Philby found a second career.