James Bond’s second hacking jacket of the series is a bit more bold than the first one, but it is just as traditional. Goldfinger features Bond’s first hacking jacket, a subtle barleycorn tweed. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service features Bond’s second hacking jacket, a bolder houndstooth check in a tweed-like worsted. But it’s a rather simple check, in black, brown and cream with a red overcheck. The jacket is made by Dimi Major, with lightly padded shoulders, a swelled chest, a nipped waist and a flared skirt. It’s a button three with one button on the cuffs and the hacking jacket features of slanted pockets and a deep single vent. Slanted pockets are easier to access on horseback whilst the deep vent helps the jacket to split in back over the horse.
Bond almost never fastens the top button on his button three jackets. On most of Bond’s button three jackets the lapels gently roll at the top button. Here, Lazenby interrupts the roll by fastening the top button. Dimi Major cuts his button three jackets to look great either with both to the top and middle buttons closed or just the middle button closed. Unlike ordinary sports coats, riding jackets are longer and have three buttons placed higher on the chest, with all three meant to fasten. Lazenby’s hacking jacket is cut like a typical sports coat, meaning the bottom button isn’t meant to fasten. Closing the top button puts this jacket more in the spirit of riding jackets. But fastening the top button is also necessary to hold in the stock tie.
The beige silk shirt has a stock collar, which is a tall stand-up collar meant to be worn with a stock tie. Both the stock collar and stock tie are traditional equestrian garments. Bond’s stock tie matches the shirt in beige silk and is held together at the upper chest with a stockpin.
The beige trousers are jodhpurs, which are riding trousers that are tight through the calf and ankle to fit inside riding boots. The jodhpurs are likely made of cavalry twill wool due to its elastic properties and are worn with a belt. The trousers, as intended, fit into Bond’s tall, black riding boots.
The only part of this outfit that may be worn outside of equestrian activity is the hacking jacket, and the rest of the outfit should be limited to equestrian pursuits.
In A View to a Kill, Roger Moore wears another equestrian outfit, but with a conventional shirt and knitted tie.