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  • Jay 28 June 2017 at 18:30 on Choosing Tom Ford vs Brioni vs English BespokePersonally, its a tie between Tom Ford and English bespoke. I really like Tom Fords Regency cut, but since its ready to wear, it would be harder to find one that fits. Because of that I would prefer a bespoke suit by David Mason in Anthony Sinclair's style, that way I know they will fit.
  • Renard 28 June 2017 at 12:31 on Kamal Khan’s Olive Safari SuitOne addition (just to avoid misunderstandings): In my book Connery (not Craig) is the best Bond (with regard both to acting and matters sartorial).
  • Renard 28 June 2017 at 12:23 on Kamal Khan’s Olive Safari SuitYes, such a "villain poll" would be interesting.
  • Renard 28 June 2017 at 12:10 on Kamal Khan’s Olive Safari Suit“Bond should be handsome; something all the previous actors to Craig have been.” -I really ask myself how you can possibly judge that being not a woman. I am quite sure that Craig has a lot of female admirers and they would not agree with your statement. There is no “official” standard beauty would be to judge by. And the literary Bond appears to be a kind of “dark beauty” (scarred face etc.) so Fleming also did not think of him as a “classic male beauty”. “This is why the “debate” is so tired now.” -Yes, indeed it is unbearably tired because what lies beneath is so crude: “Moore is the best Bond and Craig the worst”. “Moore is the only Bond with an ‘innate sense of style'” (wow!) …and all the others are slouchs, I suppose (?) Closure (as far as I am concerned).
  • Ryan Hall 28 June 2017 at 11:38 on Kamal Khan’s Olive Safari SuitI have to agree with David in that Bond is described as tall, slim athletic, with dark hair and grey blue eyes. He is also described as having strong chiseled features. Even though Daniel Craig is ruggedly handsome, he lacks the classic looks Bond is surposed to have. Going by Fleming's vision of the character.
  • Le Chiffre 28 June 2017 at 11:34 on A Tale of Two Tuxedos: Opposite Ends of Black TieI would have expected a banker not to wear such a fancy-cut waistcoat -as far as sartorial stereotypes go, of course. A simple 3-button single breasted vest, or a double-breasted dinner jacket. 4*1. It's a shame Brosnan didn't wear one double-breasted suit in the series. After all, he posed twice as a banker. DB suits weren't particularly out of fashion in the 1990s, and I am sure he would have looked great. As usual. I also think the waistcoat could have been cut slightly lower. But it's still a great and interesting look. One good reason to watch TND again, since I never spotted it before. One the flrst pictures, one thing striking me is the differences between the collars. Connery's look very small yet he probably had a bigger neck size than Brosnan. The tall spread looks great on Brosnan though.
  • Le Chiffre 28 June 2017 at 11:13 on Kamal Khan’s Olive Safari SuitGetting back to the main subject here. It's probably one of the best safari suits of the series. I like Moore's one in Octopussy too, but somehow, Jourdan seems to look better in it -probably because he had an actual waist. I also thought Moore would have looked a bit better in the green color Jourdan is wearing. Same for Jourdan in light tan. But no camouflage for Moore then. I reviewed some Moore's movies after him passing away and spent quite an agreable time ! (LALD, Octopussy and FYEO, the latter being probably the ond I watched the most, since I had it in VHS). Octopussy and FYEO really feature Moore's best outfits by a long shot. And the clown scene was really Moore's best dramatic moment -too bad they were as rare. Without him dressed as a clown the scene would lost a lot of its tension. Jourdan is also impeccably dressed. Being French my guess would be a French tailor, but I can't go any further. I still prefer his suits and sport coats to his non-Western attire. The latter being verynice, but not very flattering to his slight frame. How about a poll for the best dressed Bond villain ? Between Largo, Khan, Zorin... this could be interesting.
  • Matt Spaiser 28 June 2017 at 10:38 on How I Would Dress James BondThat's not my department!
  • saul 28 June 2017 at 09:52 on How I Would Dress James Bondon a side note do you think its a little much to do the gun barrel logo, when I walk to get my doctorate?
  • David Marlborough 28 June 2017 at 07:43 on Kamal Khan’s Olive Safari SuitWithout wishing to keep this extremely threadbare line of "debate" going; it's not at all "fair" to equate Moore and Craig in thisa regard. Indeed, from appearance, Moore, facially, is not particularly dissimilar to Fleming's description of the character whereas Craig is far away from the description of the character's apperance; the furthest away of all the actors to have played him. Bond should be handsome; something all the previous actors to Craig have been. From apperance (if not sartorially), Dalton may be the closest to the Bond described in the books but I guess, no matter what evidence is presented to yourself and a handful of other's on this blog, the idea that Craig is the best Bond ever. This is why the "debate" is so tired now.
  • Matt Spaiser 28 June 2017 at 03:40 on A Tale of Two Tuxedos: Opposite Ends of Black TieBrosnan's jacket isn't really all that dated, especially because it fits him well and has the right proportions for his body.
  • Matt Spaiser 28 June 2017 at 03:35 on How I Would Dress James BondCongratulations! Get a simple solid or semi-solid navy suit. It follows the literary Bond and is something you can never go wrong with.
  • saul 28 June 2017 at 02:55 on How I Would Dress James BondMr.spaiser after 20 years I will finally be graduating for medical school at the age of 38. In preparation for this I have saved enough to finally a get a bespoke suit. What are the standards when going about this? What are the staples that a suit in the spirit of ian flemings creation have? Since you have seen me I'm thinking about going the literary bond route. Please help.
  • Ryan Hall 28 June 2017 at 02:24 on A Tale of Two Tuxedos: Opposite Ends of Black TieThe next dinner suit I will purchase will most likely have peaked lapels. Either midnight blue or black in colour with silk facings. But both dinner suits here are elegant in their own way, even though they are on either ends of formality. I wore a light navy black shawl collared dinner suit to my wedding, which I still have, but it will date because of the colour. A black peaked lapel dinner suit in a classic cut won't ever date and I should be able to wear it for many years, until I need to update because of wear. But either examples here won't ever really date. Brosnan's fuller cut jacket is dated to the 90's and really the heavy padded shoulders are too, even though shoulders on the narrower side with medium amounts of padding won't really date. What do you think Matt ?
  • Matt Spaiser 27 June 2017 at 15:19 on A Tale of Two Tuxedos: Opposite Ends of Black TieI think that with a waistcoat it is okay to wear the jacket unbuttoned.
  • saul 27 June 2017 at 15:19 on A Tale of Two Tuxedos: Opposite Ends of Black TieI noticed that brosnan was walking around with his dinner jacket unbuttoned, perhaps it was left unbuttoned to show the unique design of waist coat? Your thoughts? Also, shouldn't blacktie always be worn with the dinner jacket buttoned? Should the dinner jacket be only left unbuttoned when you are wearing a waistcoat ?
  • Matt Spaiser 27 June 2017 at 15:03 on A Tale of Two Tuxedos: Opposite Ends of Black TieThe bow tie should ideally match the facings on the lapels. Lapels on a midnight blue dinner suit can be either black or midnight blue.
  • Coronel Nichols 27 June 2017 at 14:50 on A Tale of Two Tuxedos: Opposite Ends of Black TieMatt, being a tuxedo midnight blue, how should be the bow tie? Black or midnight blue also?
  • Matt Spaiser 27 June 2017 at 12:04 on How I Would Dress James BondSome Bond looks can be worn by different actors who have similar complexions. A grey glen check could work well on Moore.
  • Matt Spaiser 27 June 2017 at 11:44 on Roger Moore, the Fashionable Bond, Has Passed Away at 89Adam West dressed very well as Bruce Wayne. I haven't considered writing about his clothes much because I'm not all that familiar with them.
  • Matt Spaiser 27 June 2017 at 11:41 on Tom Cruise’s Midnight Blue Dinner Suit in Mission: Impossible—Ghost ProtocolArnold wears wing collars in that movie, so that takes him out of the running!
  • Matt Spaiser 27 June 2017 at 11:39 on A Tale of Two Tuxedos: Opposite Ends of Black TieI think braces with black tie are very practical, and I don't think they would interfere with the shoulder holster.
  • Sinclair 27 June 2017 at 09:33 on A Tale of Two Tuxedos: Opposite Ends of Black TieExcellent article. Matt, what are your thoughts on wearing (or not wearing) braces with black tie? Bond often chooses not to wear them, as well as not wearing a cumberband, cuff links, etc. Braces fell out of fashion in the 60´s and they would probably interfere with the shoulder holster. However, Dalton wears braces with black tie in TLD and Craig in CR.
  • Renard 27 June 2017 at 08:58 on Kamal Khan’s Olive Safari Suit@Dan Ippolito "...regardless of the actor playing him." Sorry, I don't buy that. As anybody who comments regularly here knows quite well it is never unbiased.
  • Renard 27 June 2017 at 06:42 on Kamal Khan’s Olive Safari SuitIt is only fair to add that the same could be said of Moore.
  • Renard 27 June 2017 at 06:35 on A Tale of Two Tuxedos: Opposite Ends of Black TieThanks Matt! For me this is a difficult one because generally I care little about Pierce Brosnan's Brioni suits. However I must admit that I like this particular black tie outfit. Yes, it's true, the double-breasted waistcoat turns it into a rather flamboyant one but it is that item which I like most. It adds some panache and without it Brosnan would look as he normally looks as Bond in his Brioni attire - boring and nondescript. However in comparison I prefer Connery's less formal black tie ensemble, simply because of its effortless elegance and originality. Connery just integrates some of his signature style items in it, i.e. his cocktail cuff shirt and although I don't know what sort of shoes he is wearing I am pretty sure that they are the usual black slip-on's. It's not in the least fussy or excessive and I think you can see that by the wearer's attitude. Connery seems to be totally at ease even when wearing formal wear. He just treats it like a normal lounge suit but that goes with no loss of elegance. I like the photos you have chosen because they brillantly illustrate that. There's a saying that a man should dress thoroughly and with attention to detail but once it's done totally forget about it because he will never look elegant if he's concious of what he is wearing. That's the problem I have with Brosnan - as Bond he always seems to be very concious of what he is wearing, it's a bit of a peacock attitude paired with arrogance. Which disqualifies himself from being as cool and confident as Connery's Bond is. But Lindy Hemming did a fine job designing this outfit.
  • Roy 27 June 2017 at 06:14 on Tom Cruise’s Midnight Blue Dinner Suit in Mission: Impossible—Ghost ProtocolIn the movie, True Lies, Arnold also tried to fill a similar role to Bond. Arnold's character wears two black tie suits. From memory, they fit pretty well, despite his physique. How do they stack up as compared to Cruise's one here?
  • Roy 27 June 2017 at 06:06 on How I Would Dress James BondAre there any looks commonly associated with one bond that would have worked well on another Bond? For example, would the brown-and-blue look for Brosnan have also worked for Connery or Dalton? Or would a Grey Glen-check, like the one Lazenby wore, have worked on Moore?
  • Roy 27 June 2017 at 05:57 on Roger Moore, the Fashionable Bond, Has Passed Away at 89This was a very tasteful tribute, thank you. Have you considered doing any posts on suits worn by Adam West? (aside from the batsuit, of course). West was a contemporary of Moore who has also recently passed. He was considered for the role of Bond, and I'm sure he has worn suits and black tie in his Batman episodes.
  • Timothy 27 June 2017 at 01:23 on A Tale of Two Tuxedos: Opposite Ends of Black TieWow, these just happen to be my two favourite dinner suits in the series! Both outfits perfectly match the personalities of the respective Bonds, I really couldn't imagine one wearing the other. And I do agree that the differences have little to do with which one is better. Two beautiful outfits from two great actors. This article was a fun little study in formality.