Kristatos: The Suede Trench Coat

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Aris Kristatos, played by Julian Glover in For Your Eyes Only, keeps wearing a suede trench coat in warm grey. It’s a full-length coat that hits below the knee, but unlike most trench coats which have raglan sleeves, this has set-in sleeves. There are actually ten buttons like would be found on the standard trench coat, and the buttons are grey horn. The coat has the usual trench coat details like a self belt, shoulder straps and angled pockets with buttoned flaps. It has straps around the wrists that close with brass buckles instead of the typical leather. There are yokes across the upper back and upper chest for dryness during snowfall. Most trench coats instead have the yoke only in back and a storm flap in front.  The most noticeable part of this coat is the black fur on the collar and the revers. And for warmth, the coat is lined in black fur.

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Underneath the trench coat Kristatos wears an olive green double-breasted blazer. It has six white metal buttons with two to fasten. Under the blazer he wears a red cashmere polo neck jumper. The combination of the red jumper and the green blazer hints that Kirstatos is affiliated with the Soviets, something we don’t learn until later in the film. Green and red were often found together on Soviet military uniforms, just with the red limited to accents. We briefly see a little bit of his trousers, which appear to be light grey in a shade similar to the trench coat. Kristatos wears tan leather gloves, most likely lined with cashmere for warmth. Bond, Kristatos and Ferrara all politely remove their gloves to shake hands. Unless the weather is extremely frigid, gloves meant for warmth should be removed for a handshake.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Happy new year!
    I think the ‘green blazer kit’ is very interesting. It would be nice to see Kristatos without the trench sometimes. I wonder if any promotional stills remain from that scene so we can get a better look?
    It’s a very Christmas-like look.

  2. Not a big fan of the coat. In my mind it’s confused as to what it wants to be, an old style trench or a modern twist with fur? The angled pockets with flaps are probably what I object to the most. It just seems like this coat tries to combine too many different ideas in one look.

  3. So what would happen if he wore this coat when it was snowing? My understanding is that suede could be stained with water, so unless he was able to remove every bit of snow prior to it melting, there would be the risk of stains. Mind you, I never wear my suede shoes, boots, or jacket where they could get wet so I have no real-world experience with this.

  4. Happy New Year, and thanks for your undiminished activity during the ‘Holidays Season’, as it is now called.

    Red jumper and olive green blazer = no ‘détente’ indeed. By soviet affiliation, you refer to the colours of their uniforms ?

  5. Granted, albeit a little far-fetched hint, maybe ?
    The proportion of red in soviet uniforms was surprisingly small, compared to its eponymous ideology.
    The allusion might be better reflected in another cold war reference:

    http://tintin.wikia.com/wiki/Colonel_Sponsz

    As for your remark regarding removing one’s glove when shaking hands, I cannot praise it enough. As a teenager, I once traveled on the same train as Roger Moore, and approached him for a quick chat. He immediately removed his glove to shake my hand, an educated gesture I never forgot.

    • Nobody ever taught me to remove my gloves when shaking hands, but I always assumed it was the correct thing to do. I’m not offended if people leave their glove on, but I always remove mine. Roger Moore always sets a good example of the right thing to do.

  6. The furcollar of this coat reminded me to ask something. I own a coat that is cut basically like a traditional peacoat, double breasted with three buttons to button and a standard peacoat collar (not a peak lapel one like DC wears) but instead of being in traditional navy it is woven with white, brown and grey wool yarn (it’s basically pale brown in colour). It also has unusual details such as clasps with buttons on the sleevends, a third pocket with a hidden zipper and a belted back – and indeed the top collar has brown fur on it. My question is then, is this still called a peacoat or does this type of coat has another name? Peacoats make, at least me, think of the naval coats while mine looks more like something fitting for the alphs. I’d be very grateful if you could say what you think it is, Matt.

    • Hagensen, I believe you own what is known in France as a ” canadienne”, ie a Canadian jacket. Unfortunately I don’t know the correct term in English.

      • Thank you for telling me, Le Chiffre! I did a quick Google search on that type of jacket and while I can say mine is defenitely done with a more “modern” twist (and looking slightly more formal) as well as being cut more like a standard peacoat, the details and style is defenitely very similair. Very interesting actually, I must try to find the english term for that type of jacket.

      • You are welcome, Hagensen ! All I know about it is that it was very popular in France in the 50s.

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