“A section of dark suit, white shirt and black knitted tie completed the picture.” (Chapter 6)
A short and basic description of James Bond’s usual wardrobe does little to colour the character. Fleming paints a more detailed pictured of Donovan ‘Red’ Grant’s clothes, along with Bond’s thoughts on them:
“The man had taken off his macintosh. He was wearing an old reddish-brown tweed coat with his flannel trousers, a pale yellow Viyella summer shirt, and the dark blue and maroon zig-zagged tie of the Royal Artillery. It was tied with a Windsor knot. Bond mistrusted anyone who tied his tie with a Windsor knot. It showed too much vanity. It was often the mark of a cad.” (Chapter 25)
From Russia With Love is where Fleming writes his famous remark about the Windsor knot. Why are Windsor knots so bad? Compared to the standard four-in-hand knot, they are too big and too symmetrical. As a result they appear ostentatious.
In the films Bond typically ties a four-in-hand knot, though he uses the Windsor knot in Dr. No, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Diamonds Are Forever.