The Casino Royale Dinner Jacket



Daniel Craig’s Brioni dinner jacket (Tuxedo) in Casino Royale has been a great inspiration to many over the past four years since the film was released. But many of the fine details of the outfit are known thanks to an article by Christopher Bray and Nick Foulkes titled “Dressed to kill; Barbara Broccoli calls Daniel Craig’s Bond ‘a tough guy in a dinner jacket’. But getting his look right proved the wardrobe team’s toughest mission,” published 30 October 2006 in Mail on Sunday. The black dinner jacket takes its cues from the most traditional of evening wear. It has a button one front, grosgrain silk trimmed peak lapels, jetted pockets and no vents. There are four buttons on the cuffs, and according to the article by Bray and Foulkes the buttons are horn. From what I can see in the movie I would have guessed they are fabric-covered buttons (and they very well may be), though perhaps they are horn, albeit very thick and shanked. More likely the writers of the article were confused because the trouser buttons do appear to be regular horn. The cut is very characteristic of Brioni, with straight, padded shoulders, a clean chest and a suppressed waist. The buttoning point is at the waist. The sleeve head is roped for a more British touch, and the lapels are slightly on the narrow side and cut with a high gorge.


The classic Italian-cut trousers have single reverse pleats and a slightly shorter than traditional rise, but higher than what’s common today. There is no cummerbund or waistcoat worn here, left out to give the outfit a more modern look and to show off Daniel Craig’s abs. On the other hand, Bond’s trousers are held up by braces, the most traditional method of keeping up one’s trousers. The braces are white moiré silk (a type of watered silk) with gilt brass fittings, made by Albert Thurston and provided by Gieves and Hawkes.


The shirt is made by Turnbull & Asser in a white-on-white waffle weave. The shirt has a spread collar and double cuffs with a mitred corner. The front of the shirt has a placket with hidden buttons. There are short side pleats at the upper back of the shirt and darts to fit the shirt in the small of the back. S.T. Dupont made the palladium cuff links. The bow tie is black shantung silk. Bond wears black calf two-eyelet derby shoes, the John Lobb Luffield model. He doesn’t wear patent leather shoes this time, he just shines them well.


Costume designer Lindy Hemming talked about the dinner suit: “For the evening suit, he [Daniel Craig] was happy to go with Brioni, the Italian design company we’ve used on the last four films, because he knows and likes their style. But, because of Daniel’s more muscular physique, the evening suit is a new shape, so he looks modern in it. It’s fashionable to wear suits at the moment, so it doesn’t look anachronistic, and Daniel likes the tailored look.”

The dinner jacket deserves a better hanger than this. Always make sure your suits' shoulders have proper support when not in use.
The dinner jacket deserves a better hanger than this. Always make sure your suits’ shoulders have proper support when not in use.


  1. > The dinner jacket deserves a better hanger than this. Always make sure your suits' shoulders have proper support when not in use.

    Is there such a thing as a good travel hangar? Hotel hangars get worse every year. I can't find a good one, and bringing real hangars from home they always end up broken even if I can fit them in the bag.

  2. As you noted before, the Brioni shape didnt quite suit Craig in Casino Royale. To me he looked uncomfortable, having to almost inherit Brosnan's style. But Craig's Bond really came into his own with Tom Ford in Quantum of Solace. Much better fit.

  3. I agree that Tom Ford looked great on Daniel Craig. Brosnan looked great in Brioni, though much too continental for James Bond.

  4. Nothing quite like it! Thanks so much for the closer view of this awesome suit. It's well-done, very classy, and very masculine, befitting the manly James Bond. The fictional detective always makes it look like as if he has a personal stylist. Or, does he really have one?

  5. I agree that the Tom Ford suits fitted better. May I request that you make one on the Black tie from Quantum of Solace. Thanks.

  6. I wore a business suit at a Black Tie gathering. I followed every rule except for the dinner jacket. Is this acceptable?

  7. Anon 3, wearing black tie accessories with a lounge suit is not acceptable. A plain white shirt and black long tie would be better, though it would end up looking quite somber. A black tie waistcoat or cummerbund should not be worn with a lounge suit either.

    • Definitely! Braces and a belt should not be worn together since they both serve to hold up your trousers. A cummerbund covers your waistband and does not compete with braces. A cummerbund serves the same purpose as a waistcoat, where braces are a necessity.

    • Would it be common to find side-adjusters on the trousers when there are also buttons for the braces?

      Or is it a case of either/or?

  8. Vesper did an absolutely great job sizing Bond by just one short notice. 😉
    This is in my opinion by far the best Back Tie ensemble Bond ever pulled off. I love the clear and straight lines of this dinner suit. Not as loose as Brosnan wore his Brionis and not as tight as Craig wore the Tom Fords, just perfect.

    But I also have a question about the bow tie. Of course I always use a self-tie model but this is about 2.5 to 3 inches wide at the ends. The one Bond is wearing here seems to be smaller, maybe 1.5 to 2 inches I guess. I think this size harmonizes much better with a normal face size than the 3 inch models. But self-tie bow ties of the smaller size seem to be very rare. Does anybody know which brand Bonds bow tie is and where to get it?

  9. Hi Matt, big fan of your site. I just wanted to note that I was at the Bond in Motion exhibit today in London where they have the bloodied dinner jacket on display from the movie. On closer inspection, the jacket is most definitely midnight blue rather than black. The bow tie is also clearly a shade of navy in real life.

    • Perhaps the lighting there made it look blue, because I know for a fact that it’s black. Are you sure it wasn’t a dinner jacket from another Bond film?

    • Postive. It was very clearly labeled as the Casino Royale Dinner jacket, and also very clearly blue under the white lights. Generally, under such lights, black will give a more greenish color. The grosgrain on the peaked lapels was visibly black, so you could easily see the contrast between the black lapels and the midnight color dinner jacket. I do agree, however, it looks black on screen. I’m sure the color grading had something to do with that. How are you so positive it’s black?

    • hmm strange. Perhaps it was the lights then, or they had an improper replica on display. I’ll have to look again when I go back to London.


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