For his visit to the Minister of Defence’s office and Q-Branch in For Your Eyes Only, James Bond wears a mid-grey, lightweight flannel two-piece suit. Whilst the lightweight flannel suiting is great for spring or autumn in London, the colour is much lighter than the colour of ordinary business suits. But since Bond’s business is far from ordinary, he is able to break the conventions of ordinary business dress. Still, Bond has to look appropriately dressed for business in Whitehall and look respectable for when meeting with M or the Minister of Defence, so he can’t stray too far from what is expected. This suit a typical Douglas Hayward example, cut with soft shoulders, roped sleeve heads, a clean chest, a low button stance and a high gorge. This suit jacket has a button two front with deep double vents, flapped pockets and three-button cuffs.
The suit trousers have a darted front with frogmouth pockets, are cut with a straight leg, and are worn with a black belt. The trousers have a medium rise, which corresponds with the suit jacket’s lower button stance. Bond’s cream poplin shirt by Frank Foster has a spread collar, two-button mitred cuffs, a front placket stitched close to the centre and a darted back.
For Your Eyes Only brought Bond back to his origins after the over-the-top Moonraker. Along with the more traditional suits, here Roger Moore wears a grenadine tie like the ties Sean Connery so often wore in his Bond films. Whilst Connery always wore dark grenadine ties, this one is mid grey to match the suit. The low contrast of the tie with the shirt and suit is flattering to Moore’s low-contrast complexion. This is the only grenadine tie that James Bond has worn since Sean Connery played Bond. Moore ties the tie in a four-in-hand knot, and the thickness of the grenadine silk combined with a heavy interlining makes the knot quite thick.
Moore’s shoes are black loafers. Though black matches the city look of this suit, loafers are not traditionally with suits in London.