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  • Matt Spaiser 27 April 2017 at 02:02 on The Psychologist’s Houndstooth Check SuitThat's probably the weight, but I can't tell how hard-wearing the cloth is. It's probably somewhat hard-wearing as far as modern suitings go.
  • michael maclean 27 April 2017 at 01:18 on The Psychologist’s Houndstooth Check SuitAllow me to restate; Heavy duty as in hard wearing, not heavy weight:)
  • michael maclean 27 April 2017 at 01:05 on The Psychologist’s Houndstooth Check SuitI remember hearing an audible inhalation and murmur of appreciation from the crowd at a few different times when I saw this movie in the theatre...seeing this amazingly simple but well cut suit was one of them! I love this suit. It's understated, yet screams high quality and is obviously heavy duty wool, perhaps a 12 oz./ 370 g weight? It drapes very well in any case, as wool naturally does. I want one.
  • Matt Spaiser 26 April 2017 at 12:37 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)It may have just gone unnoticed that Sean Connery buttoned both buttons. and it wasn't worth it to refilm the scene because of that.
  • saul 26 April 2017 at 12:21 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)Try the labor suit Stacy Sutton wore In a view to a kill. Pity she couldn't find that fit her.
  • saul 26 April 2017 at 12:20 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)Here's a question I had for awhile. When i saw dr.no I knew connery was definitely breaking the rules of style when he was buttoning both buttons of his exquisite piece of tailoring, but why do you think the director let that go? Terence young set the style of bond. Why do you think he would let sean connery make that mistake? I really don't think it was Connery's fault. According to Ken adams "Sean was a pretty rough diamond." Your thoughts?
  • Ryan Hall 26 April 2017 at 06:54 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)I feel that Matt the over large navy shirt-jacket, puffy white sports shirt and baggy triple pleated chinos that Dalton wore in LTK needs an honourable mention. The shirt alone is dated an makes Dalton look like he's over weight.
  • AMN 25 April 2017 at 16:54 on Trouser AdjustersI have had great luck with Modern Tailor. I had them add side adjusters to the newer trousers. As for the older ones, I bout the buckles from Kenton Trimmings from UK and had my tailor in the US remove the hem and use it as the material for the adjusters. The end result was great.
  • Kyle 25 April 2017 at 15:28 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)By now it should come as no surprise to regular readers that I'm a Brosnan guy at heart, so I'll join in what seems to be a general agreement that the Hawaiian shirt isn't all that bad. Agreed that it isn't the most Bond-like, a solid blue would probably have been the better choice, but he wears it with such aplomb that I really don't mind. That pretty much sums up how I feel about Die Another Day as a whole, it's a ridiculous movie but Brosnan plays the part so well that I still enjoy watching it occasionally. Regarding the Tomorrow Never Dies outfit, Benson's novelization explains that this was pulled off of a dead man on Wai Lin's boat, which makes sense seeing as Bond has just been captured by Stamper and was wearing a wetsuit at the time. I completely agree that it's the sloppiest outfit in the movie, but I think concessions could be made seeing as they are not his own clothes. As far as the narrative goes, the bad clothes make sense, much like the Drax space uniform. Could it have been better? Absolutely. In For Your Eyes only Bond is tossed an outfit by one of Columbo's men and it fits him like a glove. Suspension of disbelief I guess, which a Bond fan usually has in spades!
  • Matt Spaiser 25 April 2017 at 14:37 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)I've added it, but I still kept the Hawaiian shirt. I've hated that shirt since I first saw it in 2002 since the pattern is really un-Bond-like.
  • David Marlborough 25 April 2017 at 14:21 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)Matt, in light of the amount of negative feedback regarding the sloppy shirt and trainers outfit from TND, would you consider amending the list to include this and omitting Brosnan's coloured shirt? It fits him neatly and has a very Bondian camp collar. Obviously more followers find the earlier outfit more objectionable than the later one.
  • FS 25 April 2017 at 13:44 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)Interesting observation. I think this is down to Brosnan's limited casual wardrobe. He mainly sticks to Brioni suits and combat gear throughout his tenure. The suits are not my favorite in the series, but they are mostly timeless and he always wore them with elegance. And the combat gear isn't very interesting, but was equally timeless, for lack of a better word, and was appropriate for Brosnan's action hero Bond. So by avoiding casual-wear altogether, Brosnan managed to escape the trappings of late-1990s fashion. And that's probably a good thing.
  • Dan Gale 25 April 2017 at 11:10 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)I may be repeating myself, that wouldn't be the first time, but I like the clown suit in Octopussy. The suit itself does nothing for me, but the fact the Bond dresses as a clown at all (exactly the same clown design as was shown at the start of the film on 009), the fact that he uses it as a disguise to escape from the police (justification) and the fact that everybody there will die if he doesn't act quick enough adds a very morbid atmosphere to the proceedings. Clowns are creepy enough but when you mix in the kid's laughter and the tension and the potential terror of a nuclear bomb, this is reminiscent of the macabre humour of The Avengers where a pie in the face is just as likely to explode as it is go splat. My only gripe with the entire sequence is the fact the Bond has taken the time to put on such a specific make up which must've taken him about quarter of an hour when there is a nuclear bomb counting down in the next tent! He should've just put on a clown mask. Fantastic list, Matt. In many ways, I've been waiting for this exact list since I first started reading your blog!
  • Cam 25 April 2017 at 07:01 on Ian Fleming: Goldfinger (1959)Matt, I'm in the market for a new windcheater, and famcy something worthy of James Bond. All of the brands I've seen have been the lightweight, foldaway kind. Do you have any idea of any brands that would supply a good quality windcheater? Thanks
  • Ryan Hall 25 April 2017 at 06:31 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)Also the too large navy shirt-jacket, puffy white sport shirt and baggy triple pleated beige chinos that Timothy Dalton wore in LTK is very dated now. If he wore that look now in Key West he would look like the cousin everyone has that doesn't realise that what was fashionable when he was a teenager is no longer fashionable in present day.
  • Ryan Hall 25 April 2017 at 06:13 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)The baggy linen shirt and baggy drawstring trousers worn by Brosnan in TND could have had a mention that was the low point of his casual wear for sure. The Hawaiian shirt was above that sloppy outfit, very unBond.
  • tredstone 25 April 2017 at 02:28 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)Interestingly, this list seems to exonerate the Brosnan era from the worst of the fashion offenses... (and even several of the commenters here have noted the Hawaiian DAD shirt wasn't that bad)
  • Ryan Hall 24 April 2017 at 22:36 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)In 2004 I wore a bright pink, white and silver striped tie to a funcation and looking back that wasn't a good choice, but it was trendy at the time and I didn't look out of place wearing it. I wore a navy with fine grey pinstripes and three buttons suit from Peter Jackson. The first proper suit I owned, I wore a pale pink French cuff shirt from Van Heusen. I was 18 so that may excuse the dated tie.
  • Alice 24 April 2017 at 19:31 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)I know I'm vastly in the minority here, but I really enjoy the playsuit on Connery because it shows off his legs. 😉 Maybe that's why Jill Masterson didn't scream and show him out. (I'm not saying it's a good or contextual fashion choice, simply that I enjoy it.)
  • Matt Spaiser 24 April 2017 at 19:05 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)Different outfits are bad for different reasons. I didn't think it would be fair to list out every poor-fitting suit Dalton and Craig wear, and it would just have been a repetitive read, so I grouped them.
  • Christian 24 April 2017 at 18:52 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)Nice list Matt! I generally agree, though I too don't have much of problem with the Die Another Day shirt (or even the Madagascar shirt, though it is ugly). The list seems a bit inconsistent in that the Dalton and late-Craig-era entries are general criticisms of the fit/style, whereas the rest of the list is directed at specific wardrobe outfits. And I don't think the Clown Suit should be on here, for the reasons stated in your entry (as well as the chase for the bomb is, IMO, one of the great, perhaps greatest, sequences of the 1970-2002 era). But overall, an impressive list, and yes, keep up the excellent work!
  • Matt Spaiser 24 April 2017 at 16:11 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)The suiting was perfect, but the suits were not! They don't show off his physique at all! I touched on that in an article about the Skyfall and Spectre suits.
  • The Chic Spy 24 April 2017 at 15:50 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)Great overview of Bond's styling! I love 007's style. I thought Daniel Craig's suiting was perfect. It showed off his physique!
  • David Marlborough 24 April 2017 at 15:17 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)I agree completely. The Tomorrow Never Dies outfit was slop, unworthy of Bond and reminiscent of Dalton's worst. I'd forgotten about it. Amazing it wasn't included.
  • Matt Spaiser 24 April 2017 at 15:09 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)It's a much better pink on Connery, and he wears it brilliantly.
  • David Ward 24 April 2017 at 15:07 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)I hated the Madagascar shirt at first, but I have to confess it's grown on me. I'm curious what you make of the pink beach ensemble in Thunderball.
  • Carmelo Pugliatti 24 April 2017 at 14:41 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)"an Italian fashion cut in a sloppy fit" The "Armanesque sloppy fit of late 80s was a thing that had success above all in USA (only God know why) and a sloppy fit remaines the fashonable in America in 90s. In Italy from 1990 the new big thing was the 60s silhouette of Massimo Piombo.
  • Paul L 24 April 2017 at 14:32 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)Hilarious article Matt. I would have put Sean's onesie at no. 1 but we're probably splitting hairs. Though not an outfit per se, Sean's red dive suit in Thunderball appears to have a cod piece in it. What's going on there?! Sean's combat gear at the start of Never say never again makes him look like an aging mechanic. And this is controversial as I know you like PB but the blazer in Goldeneye just makes a youngish Brosnan look like he's trying to dress like a bland old man. Doesn't hold up imo
  • FS 24 April 2017 at 14:05 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)Lazenby's golf outfit it made even worse by the fact that it's not very practical for golf! A blouson in that material, closely fitted like this one is, would make it very difficult to swing the club, even taking into account the pleats at the back. Since we never see Bond arrive, I suppose it's possible that he was going to change into something else when he got to the course. (A navy polo shirt would have looked great.) On the other hand, the trousers have a great fit and the shoes are also very interesting.
  • Timothy 24 April 2017 at 13:59 on James Bond’s Worst Outfits (and How They Could Have Been Improved)Funnily, I really don't hate Brosnan's floral shirt. It's dark enough that it doesn't actually come off looking terrible to me. Would I wear it? No, probably not. But I legitimately think Pierce looks good in it. I would personally have replaced it with his big blue shirt and tracky-daks from Tomorrow Never Dies.