From Washington With Love How Hillary Clinton is styling herself like a Bond villain
Perhaps it was the austere Mandarin collar. Or maybe it was the slicked-back hair.
Either way, when Hillary Clinton arrived at the United Nations this week, to discuss the Arab League's peace plan for Syria, she came off looking just a little sinister.
In fact, some might say this unfortunate
photo of the Secretary of State bears a bit of a resemblance to an
old-school Bond villain.
New look: Hillary Clinton's Mandarin collar and swept-back hair gave her the unfortunate appearance of a Bond villain, when she was pictured at the United Nations earlier this week
The comparison that comes most
naturally to mind is that of Rosa Klebb, the icy Russian agent who faces
down Sean Connery's Bond in From Russia With Love.
Like Klebb, Mrs Clinton is a woman thriving in a male-dominated world – and she's willing to do anything to beat her rivals.
while Mrs Clinton can be a sharp dresser, she has never to our
knowledge gone as far as Klebb, who famously equipped her shoes with
Austere: The Secretary of State's new look (left) is a far cry from her usual tweed jackets and pearls – though she did look slightly less fearsome when she smiled (right)
She also bears a surprisingly close
resemblance to Max Zorin, the villain of A View to a Kill who is played
by Hollywood legend Christopher Walken.
while neither of them will necessarily welcome the comparison, looking
at the photos side-by-side suggests that they could almost be brother
Clinton decided to dispense with her luscious locks, she might even bear
a passing similarity to the granddaddy of them all, perennial Bond
adversary Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
Resemblance: Mrs Clinton can be compared to Rosa Klebb (left), who also wears a grey outfit with a high-neck Mandarin collar, or the flaxen-haired Max Zorin, played by Christopher Walken (right)
Inspiration: But the Secretary of State needs a cat if she is to match up to Ernst Stavro Blofeld (left) and is some way off the villainous power of Blofeld's right hand man Emilio Largo (right)
she may not have a cat to stroke, there is a glint in her eye which
suggests that world domination may not be entirely off the agenda – even
if she has promised to leave politics at the end of this year.
But maybe the closest resemblance is
not to a villain at all, but to a hero (of sorts) – Austin Powers. Mrs
Clinton's bold jacket and sly grin conjure up the lascivious 60s
super-spy played by Mike Myers.
Those concerned for Mrs Clinton's sartorial welfare can rest easy though – her new look appears not to be a permanent one.
Back on form: Yesterday, for her meeting with the President of Georgia, Mrs Clinton was pictured with her hair worn down, in a tweed jacket with a pearl necklace and earrings
for her meeting with the President of Georgia, she was pictured with
her hair worn down, in a tweed jacket with a pearl necklace and
if she needs a new career after quitting the State Department, the life
of a supervillain awaits – as long as she can fix that expression on
her face permanently.