Previously we discussed the woven grenadine tie, something unrelated to the tie that we will look at now. The knitted tie is tube of knitted silk with a straight hem at the bottom. The tie is made with neither folds nor a lining like a regular tie is. To many they resemble a sock, especially when they are made in cotton or wool. Knitted ties are more casual and rustic than ordinary ties, and though Bond sometimes wears his with formal city suits, they’re more appropriate with tweed and the like.
The literary Bond preferred black knitted silk ties, but they can also be seen on Sean Connery in Goldfinger in black, navy and brown with both suits and sports coats in worsted, flannel and tweed. Connery also wears a navy knitted silk tie in You Only Live Twice with a navy worsted suit. George Lazenby’s Bond was also quite fond of knit ties, almost always wearing one in red or navy with his city suits. Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan more appropriately wear knitted ties with tweed suits in Moonraker and The World Is Not Enough, respectively, and Timothy Dalton wears a knitted tie with a gun club check sports coat in The Living Daylights.
Daniel Craig brought back the knitted tie to the Bond series with a rust-brown silk tie in Spectre. Whilst knitted ties ordinarily have straight ends, this tie from Tom Ford has the wide blade is knitted with a pointed end. The narrow blade still has a narrow end. Craig wears this tie with a light brown sports coat made of wool, linen and silk and khaki chinos.