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  • FS 17 October 2017 at 02:31 on The 12 Most Quintessential Roger Moore James Bond OutfitsI have to say, I really like each of those outfits. As dated as the flared trousers, wide ties/lapels, and giant collars tend to look today in isolation, there’s something very appealing about the way they work together. And Roger wore this style so well. Indeed, the other people around him in the films who are dressed in ‘70s styles tend to look outrageous while Bond looks elegant and dignified. Good tailoring and fine materials can only get you so far. The fact that Roger could pull it off is a testament to the man himself.
  • Christian 17 October 2017 at 00:43 on Ian Fleming’s James Bond Clothes in the FilmsAnother great post, Matt. The literary Bond was particularly and occasionally, peculiarly dressed, if not well-dressed.
  • Christian 17 October 2017 at 00:39 on The 12 Most Quintessential Roger Moore James Bond OutfitsWell said David! Excellent post and tribute to Sir Roger, Matt!
  • Dan Ippolito 16 October 2017 at 18:37 on The 12 Most Quintessential Roger Moore James Bond OutfitsDavid, all I can say is "Amen!"
  • David Marlborough 16 October 2017 at 17:41 on The 12 Most Quintessential Roger Moore James Bond OutfitsThis is a great post and fitting tribute to Moore, who has been the most prolific and most distinctly British Bond to date. These quintessential outfits highlight this essential Britishness perfectly and enacapsulate Moore’s style to a T. The movies from 1962 – 1985 made a point of highlighting Bond’s British colonial hertiage; something which was largely lost (deliberately underplayed?) after that. Indeed, in the post-Moonraker Moore Bonds, his final trilogy, this idea of an iconic British hero, albeit a gracefully ageing one, was actively played up in the face of competition from US heros such as Christopher Reeves’ Superman, Clint Eastwood and latterly in Moore’s tenure the Stallone and Schwarzenegger action hero. When I first “discovered” Bond it was in this autumn of Moore’s tenure but his stye of hero radiated a style, race and indeed nobility which was lacking in the others at the time. “Keeping the British end up”, well, yes, nobody did that better than Moore! He always got ribbed for his style of acting and his portrayal of Bond but whoever followed the man who set the template for the silver screen incarnation HAD to play to his own strengths or risk impersonation. So, Moore played Bond as he had Templar or Lord Sinclair; as an extension of his own personality and personal style. Again, this distinct Britishness. Blazers, safari wear and trench coats are three notable garments which give off an indelibly British colonial air; as you point out with the blazer and safari suit. It’s a shame that the furthest Moore’s Bond got in relation to the trench coat was to be seen holding one, as Moore wore them extensively in roles outside of Bond (as you’ve covered previously on this blog) and they’d fit his Bond image perfectly. Perhaps, Peter Sellers’ Clouseau was too popular at that time and they didn’t risk negative connotations! The quality of the garments which he wore can be seen in this selection too. Not just the perfect fit but the fine fabrics; mohairs, silk etc along with gabardines and flannels. Other Bonds had the high end suits but Moore boasted the best in terms of variety, colour and style. His suits looked grown up and imposing. Nowadays, it’s no wonder so many men are negative about suits and tailoring. They have no experience of proper tailoring given the prevalence of tight, ill fitting suits in cheap fabrics; the very antethesis of Roger Moore and his exemplary style.
  • Carmelo Pugliatti 16 October 2017 at 17:37 on The 12 Most Quintessential Roger Moore James Bond OutfitsI like the gray chalk stip double breasted of "The man with rhe golden gun". http://www.bondsuits.com/double-breasted-chalk-stripe-suit-in-the-man-with-the-golden-gun/
  • Renard 16 October 2017 at 15:42 on The (00)7 Most Significant Contributors to James Bond StyleYes, but only under "Miscellaneous". I think she merits to be highlighted as Hemming or Temime.
  • Matt Spaiser 16 October 2017 at 15:10 on The Advantages of BracesThey are positioned approximately the same way in both pictures. The inside button should be positioned over the main pleat or crease. The outside button should be 2.5 to 3.5 away from the inside button. Craig's buttons are closer together than on the photo you shared, which is accounting for the difference you see.
  • Matt Spaiser 16 October 2017 at 13:58 on The 12 Most Quintessential Roger Moore James Bond OutfitsLook again, there are two Hayward items present.
  • Le Chiffre 16 October 2017 at 13:45 on The 12 Most Quintessential Roger Moore James Bond OutfitsWell I liked 5 out of the 12 outfits. Not bad for somebody who isn’t a big Roger Moore fan. The double breasted Chesterfield was a beauty and I think it is a shame it didn’t make a reappearance in other Bond movies. Like the Goldfinger tweed jacket did. On another note, I wonder why no Hayward suit/jacket is present ? Perhaps they are too timeless and you wanted to focus on items more with a very specific style -the kind of outfits you love or hate but they don’t leave you indifferent ? The FYEO dinner suit with the buit in cummerbund was quite interesting I think.
  • Matt Spaiser 16 October 2017 at 13:43 on The (00)7 Most Significant Contributors to James Bond StyleI did mention Louise Frogley.
  • Dan Ippolito 16 October 2017 at 13:38 on The 12 Most Quintessential Roger Moore James Bond OutfitsThe only outfit I wouldn't wear today is the brown suit with the VERY flared trousers. I also might have added the Donegal suit in MR to the list - I don't see any of the other Bonds wearing it with such panache.
  • Renard 16 October 2017 at 12:58 on Becoming Bond: Character Through Clothes in Casino Royale‘Vladimir Putin lookalike’ 🙂 It really needs a lot of fantasy to see any similarity between Craig as Bond and V.P. And I think that in case of doubt it would be rather Putin imitating Craig as Bond and not the other way round.
  • Renard 16 October 2017 at 12:54 on Becoming Bond: Character Through Clothes in Casino RoyaleDear Stan, Just to clarify things: One has to separate between the actor in real life and the actor interpreting a character. I did not have your privilege of meeting Sir Roger personally but I can well imagine that he was a very nice man. But this has nothing to do with his approach to the Bond role and my criticisms only refer to the latter. No offence meant! Best, Renard
  • Rajinder Verma 16 October 2017 at 11:35 on The Skydiving JumpsuitAwesome opening for the living Daylight!!! really liked the way bond wear the jumpsuits, commando boots and parachute packs on their backs. Thanks for sharing this...
  • Renard 16 October 2017 at 11:23 on The (00)7 Most Significant Contributors to James Bond StyleYou did not mention Louise Frogley - I think she would have merited that because she was the first costume designer to collaborate with Tom Ford and the look she created was far superior to that what Temime made out of it later. Why was she left out? Because she was only once costume designer for a Bond film?
  • Renard 16 October 2017 at 11:05 on Ian Fleming’s James Bond Clothes in the FilmsIt's a pity that today one doesn't see practically no more high-end silk shirts because it is a very nice cloth with an elegant drape (superior to that of cotton). The very best silk shirts have only a subtle sheen (not that gaudy one of those cheap faux silk shirts which were all around in 80s). Silk shirts are not only for Bond - Blofeld is wearing a white silk shirt with his black suit in FRWL (as well as Kronsteen), Draco with his equestrian outfit in OYMSS and Drax in MR. In the more recent movies I did not spot any - except on LeChiffre in CR (the cream shirt he is wearing in the short scene with Alex Dimitrios on his yacht could be silk). Silk shirts can be worn both with formal / lounge suits and more casual outfits and IMO they can always contribute to upgrade a look. It's only that I am not sure if a "heavy" silk shirt wears comfortably under a suit - if it's made of thick silk than you may get a little hot under the collar.
  • Matt Spaiser 15 October 2017 at 15:20 on Anatomy of a Frank Foster Shirt1) Frank Foster only used sewn-in interfacings. Fused interfacings are rare amongst fine English shirtmakers. 2) Foster placed the first button quite high at 5 cm from the bottom of the collar, and the rest of the buttons are 7.5 cm apart. I would imagine the spacing of the buttons may change on a taller man.
  • John 15 October 2017 at 14:16 on The 12 Most Quintessential Roger Moore James Bond OutfitsExcellent article! I always loved the fact that they dressed him in more flattering, warmer tones. Choosing the right colors for your complexion is very important IMHO.
  • Simon 15 October 2017 at 13:10 on The 12 Most Quintessential Roger Moore James Bond OutfitsGreat article. That Chesterfield coat is wonderful!
  • Neal Jones 15 October 2017 at 12:48 on Anatomy of a Frank Foster ShirtMatt, Two particular features often debated amoung shirtmakers are interlining and 1st button placement. Many shirtmakers today have switched to fusible interlining. Others (most Jermyn street makers, Charvet....) feel strongly that only "non-fused" interlining should be used. 1) Did Frank Foster have an opinion about fused vs non-fused? 2) Where do Frank Foster shirt place the first button, second button...... Thank you for responding !!
  • Dan Ippolito 14 October 2017 at 18:47 on The 12 Most Quintessential Roger Moore James Bond OutfitsI am with you! I also hate skinny jeans...
  • Andrea 14 October 2017 at 17:15 on The 12 Most Quintessential Roger Moore James Bond OutfitsThe Spy Who Loved me is my sentimental favorite Bond ( what? doesn't everyone rank their Bond Films by category?). And I am thrilled to see so many Roger Moore favorites make this list from that film. I also appreciate the way you judge the dated fashion choices by the standard of their time, not in comparison to current trends. This list really does honor to Roger Moore. Thanks!!!
  • saul 14 October 2017 at 06:29 on The 12 Most Quintessential Roger Moore James Bond OutfitsI like wide neckties from the moore era and I wear them as often as I can. I find they have a bit more traction when tying the four in hand. Would the width of the necktie make a suit dated? Or would it complement the suit? I hate skinny lapels, skinny neckties, and skinny bodies on women. Catch my drift?
  • Timothy 13 October 2017 at 11:35 on Becoming Bond: Character Through Clothes in Casino RoyaleOut of curiosity, Jovan, I decided to look it up. And I must say, you hit the nail on the head, and put it much better than I did! I actually dropped quite a bit of money on Matt Smith's purple frock coat and I've managed to get a bit of wear out of it, though it's not something I could call tasteful. Alas, it's relegated to parties and other eccentric affairs now, but at least it's not just rotting in the closet. Bond is much easier to organically introduce into one's wardrobe.
  • Dan Ippolito 12 October 2017 at 16:34 on Ian Fleming’s James Bond Clothes in the FilmsI should add that silk shirts slide VERY smoothly over a suit coat!
  • Dan Ippolito 12 October 2017 at 10:49 on Ian Fleming’s James Bond Clothes in the FilmsCome to think of it, I still own two of my father's old silk shirts (he never wore them because the shirtmaker didn't get the neck size quite right) - the neck fits me perfectly, even though the sleeves are a tad short.
  • FS 12 October 2017 at 00:47 on Ian Fleming’s James Bond Clothes in the FilmsHaving never actually beheld one similar to those specified by Fleming, I’ve always been fascinated by them.
  • HCM 11 October 2017 at 21:31 on The Advantages of BracesAre there any rules as to where on the waistband the braces should fasten? Daniel Craig's picture shows them approximately a quarter away from each hip, facing the front. Elsewhere I have seen them fasten very much on the hip, facing one's side (e.g. here). Perhaps I am perceiving the images incorrectly.
  • Dan Ippolito 11 October 2017 at 18:15 on Ian Fleming’s James Bond Clothes in the FilmsI used to own a couple of silk dress shirts; I seem to recall they felt a bit "stifling" - not very breathable. They sure looked like a million bucks, though!