In A View to a Kill, James Bond poses as a horse stable heir named James St. John Smythe. To look the part of a wealthy Englishman whilst also keeping with his own tastes, Bond wears a button two sports coat made by Douglas Hayward in a mid grey tweed in an even twill weave with a strong twill wale. The tweed is heavy in weight, likely is similar in weight to a modern topcoat. In a heavy weight it keeps Bond comfortably warm out in the French countryside, it drapes exceptionally well and it holds up well for country sports.
The sports coat is has sporty details of three open patch pockets and a single vent, as well as three buttons on the cuffs. The lapels and pockets have swelled edges. The sports coat has soft shoulders with roped sleeve heads and is cut with a draped chest for a relaxed look and a nipped waist for a flattering silhouette.
The charcoal grey flannel trousers from Hayward are cut with a straight leg without turn-ups. The trousers are supported by a black textured leather belt with a rectangular centre-post buckle.
The light blue oxford shirt made by Frank Foster has a spread collar, front placket and deep one-button rounded cuffs. The wool tie is a tartan from Burberry’s in a navy and white plaid with a red overcheck known as the ‘Manston’ check. Bond knots the tie in his usual a four-in-hand knot, however, a windsor knot would have been more expected for the heir St. John Smythe. Bond’s shoes are black leather slip-ons with an apron toe, a half strap and leather soles.
St. John Smythe’s black umbrella with a curved light wood handle identifies him as a traditional Englishman, but his a complete set Louis Vuitton baggage, on the other hand, identifies him as a showy man who spends his money freely. That is quite the opposite of what one expects from an English gentleman. The baggage—in dark brown leather with the gold LV motif and light brown leather trim—includes three suitcases of different sizes, a garment bag and a duffle bag, plus a small washbag that contains a three-head rotary shaver/bug detector and a mini-cassette recorder.