Costume designer Jodie Tillen acquired Timothy Dalton’s James Bond tuxedo from Battaglia. Once the longest standing boutique on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Battaglia counted Hollywood’s best dressed actors as clients, including Gary Cooper and Fred Astaire. The original suit by exclusive Florentine menswear label Stefano Ricci was the model for four others made for the film. This wool tuxedo includes trousers labelled on the waistband "Timothy Dalton W 33 3/4 - L33 1/2’" written in pen, white braces, a black cummerbund, a white dress shirt labelled "Stefano Ricci for Battaglia BEVERLEY HILLS" and a black bow tie. Bond wears this costume when he goes to the Isthmus City Casino.
The fictional Isthmus City is the power base for villain, Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) and his international drug cartel. His girlfriend, Lupe Lamora (Talisa Soto) is a croupier at his casino where James Bond (Timothy Dalton) and CIA Agent Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell) come to visit undercover. The same poker chips were re-used in GoldenEye at the Monte Carlo casino in Monaco still bearing the Isthmus City Casino logo.
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