James Bond Influencers

James Bond Influencers are you going rogue? What are rules when it comes to declaring gifts on Instagram? How about when Tom Ford pay for you to say nice things about them?

How do you make you working relationship with brands transparent on social media? And what are the punitive measures when you don’t declare those sponsored or gifted posts?

So many questions, I really am turning into that chick from Sex and the City.

Pinewood Studios James Bond fan

My mate PJ outside Pinewood Studios

In this episode of From Tailors With Love, the James Bond Style based podcast, I’m joined by Nik Speller, head of campaigns for the marketing agency; Influencer.

Through the prism of the James Bond brands we discuss what are the best ways for James Bond Influencers to disclose the working relationships through brands on social media.

Also from a brands perspective, what should they be looking for when working alongside influencers. Here are some snippets from the interview with Nik Speller.

Nik Speller

Nik Speller, head of campaigns at Influencer

Nik first off, you are a Bond fan am I right in thinking?

I really like The Living Daylights. Maybe a strange choice, I’ve always found the Gibraltar scene at the beginning is a near perfect entry to any Bond movie. It has a really nice balance and flow. I think Timothy Dalton is the underrated Bond.

Nik Speller, head of campaigns at Influencer. Who are you Nik, give us some context to what you do?

I’m head of campaigns at Influencer, which is an influencer marketing platform and agency. I manage all the campaign work we do for brands.

Brands come to us when they want to work with influencers, so we go out there and find the right people. We then pair them with the right influencers who can then communicate the right message to their audience.

James Bond Piz Gloria

Me in Piz Gloria looking more like Blofeld than Bond

From a brands perspective, lets say I’m Tom Ford, what do I look for in James Bond Influencers ? What numbers do I need to crunch? And what tools do I have at my disposal to do that?

We treat it in a three prong approach.

  1. We want to look at the audience, who do I want to reach and who speaks to that audience? A lot of brands ignore that fact. If you’re Tom Ford, let’s say your key audience is men 30-45 year olds who live in the southeast of England. You need someone appropriate that can talk to that specific audience.

  2. Also what is the content? what are they speaking to that audience about? If they’re talking about skateboarding, perhaps the ability to work with that influencer becomes strange for Tom Ford. So you’re always looking for the type of content.

  3. Thirdly, are they safe. Do the cursory checks. There’s so many tools that can search through social network. Twitter is the most scoured you can use Brandwatch, that’s a good one. Socialbakers is another.
Madame Tussauds Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig and I looking fabulous at Madame Tussauds

I’m seeing a lot of #Ad and #Gifted on the instagram from the UK influencers. Are there different instagram rules for different countries?

These are rules from the CMA (Commercial Markets Authority) and they’re not new. They’ve always been there. The CMA are responsible for making sure commercial markets operate fairly. They look for imperfections that aren’t clear.

They want to make sure consumers have a good understanding of what they’re buying into. That’s why they’re getting into influencers.

They started to realise that influencers were being paid and gifted and paid to talk about brands and products, so they had a biased opinion. Even if Influencers are saying they’re being objective. They’re not.

New York James Bond Influencers

Me and a heavyweight in the James Bond Influencers division, Matt Spaiser, outside the Live and Let Die Voodoo Shop in NYC

So are the advertising rules for Instagram the same throughout the world? 

There’s no one rule for all countries. A lot of advertising standard bodies have relationships with foreign counterparts. The FTC in America being the biggest one.

The European countries will look towards the FTC. A lot of the social networks have to adhere to that law because many are based in America and the majority of their users are in America.

So it makes sense for the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) to look to the FTC first.


The full interview with Nik Speller is available on iTunes. I ask Nik more questions surrounding the brands of James Bond such as:

  • What if I’m a huge fan of Tom Ford, have bought nothing but Tom Ford bespoke suits in the past. Now Tom Ford and I are good friends, and he’s paying me to plug his new range. But in one Instagram post I want to tag a Tom Ford suit I bought with my hard earned cash. Do I now have to tag it as #Ad because I’m now on the Tom Ford pay roll?

  • Are the same rules there for James Bond Influencers on YouTube? Can I just put the sponsored/ad/gifted disclosure in the caption or do I have to tell people in the video?

James Bond Style News | 20th March

Brioni footwear

The Spring/Summer 2019 shoe collection is now available in store and online. Brioni clothed James Bond from Goldeneye to Casino Royale before Tom Ford took over in Quantum of Solace.

A pair of Brioni slippers will set you back £450. Some Brioni mens loafers start around £640. I mean Jesus Christ right?

Turnbull & Asser

Turnbull & Asser

Turnbull & Asser have launched the Weekend Collection. A collection inspired by weekend getaways.

Chambrays, Check patterns, a very dress-down casual look but still elegant with a supreme fit.  Turnbull & Asser provided the shirts for James Bond from Dr. No until Casino Royale.

Reportedly they didn’t want to start paying EON to be featured in the James Bond franchise so they were told to hit the bricks.

James Bond chairs

James Bond Chairs

A quick shout out to James Bond Lifestyle who are stocking some screen accurate James Bond chairs by G Plan. The collection includes a black leather G Plan 6250 armchair that looks remarkably similar to the one used by villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in You Only Live Twice.

Plus a red B&B Italia Serie Up 2000 Armchair and Pouf UP5_6 can be spotted in the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever.

Bond Sunspel

The Sunspel Stockists

A quick shout out to an independent online store called Weavers Door who are stocking the latest Sunspel SS19 collection.

Sunspel tailored one of their original polo shirts for Daniel Craig to wear in Casino Royale. The Riviera Polo shirt has since become one of the staple pieces for Sunspel.

In a previous episode I discuss my wrangling with the brand when a shop assistant asked me to delete a picture I took in store.

Still I actively promote them here, however until I get a written apology from the CEO with some chocolates, I will never buy Sunspel. I know, hardly a great value proposition if I’m looking to get in the James Bond Influencers circle of trust.

Tom Ford speaks out

Tom Ford speaks out

Finally something quite controversial from Tom Ford. Apparently he was quoted as saying something unsavoury about the first lady Melanie Trump. He has publicly denied this claim on Twitter.

“In reference to a fictitious statement attributed to Mr. Ford regarding First Lady Melania Trump: “This is an absolutely fabricated and completely fake quote that somehow went viral. Mr. Ford did not make this statement; it is completely false.” – Tom Ford Spokeswoman”

This has divided many people on Twitter.

Tom ford twitter

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Catch the latest YouTube vid below where Matt Spaiser from The Suits of James Bond and I talk about Spyscape.

You can catch this episode of social media rules for James Bond Influencers with special guest Nik Speller in the player below.

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