September 5th was George Lazenby’s 73rd birthday. In honour of that let’s look Lazenby’s peak-lapel dinner suit made by Dimi Major. The dark, single-breasted, peak-lapel dinner suit is Lindy Hemming’s preference for James Bond, and that’s what she always dressed Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig in for the five films she worked on. But before GoldenEye, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was the only time Bond wore this style. Otherwise, his peak-lapel had all either been double-breasted or white, or both.
Lazenby’s dinner suit is probably midnight blue, and that’s practically confirmed by the dinner jacket’s dark blue lining. The dinner jacket naturally buttons one, and it has a clean chest, soft shoulders and is fitted through the waist. The peaked lapels are faced in midnight blue satin silk, and the lapels are cut so that there is a small notch between the lapels and the collar. The jacket is cut a bit short, following late 60’s trends. The jacket is detailed with double vents, jetted pockets and three buttons on the cuffs, and the buttons on the jacket are covered in midnight blue satin silk. The trousers have a darted front, a midnight blue satin silk stripe down each leg, button side-adjusters and a lower-than-traditional rise.
The overall cut of this dinner suit is very similar to what Daniel Craig will be wearing in Skyfall, though none of the fashionable aspects are taken to the extreme. The jacket is closely fitted without being so tight that is creases. The jacket is shorter to lengthen the legs, but not so short as to draw attention. And the trousers have a lower rise, but not so low that the shirt is exposed below the jacket’s button. Lazenby’s dinner suit is tastefully fashionable and would look just as fashionable today as it did 43 years ago.
Lazenby wears the dinner suit three times in the film with two different ruffled-front shirts from Frank Foster. The first ruffled shirt that Lazenby wears when he rescues Tracy on the beach is the more tasteful of the two. The front of this shirt is a take on the traditional pleated front, with three ruffled strips on each side inserted between the pleats. This shirt is flashier than traditional shirts for black tie, but it’s more subtle than the second dress shirt that Bond wears.
The second ruffled shirt, which Bond wears to the casino at the Hotel Palácio Estoril and later for walking around the gardens at the Palace of the Marquises of Fronteira, has two layers of densely ruffled cotton voile on either side of the placket. Both shirts are made of white cotton voile and have point collars and double cuffs.
He wears a midnight blue satin silk thistle-shaped bow tie that matches the lapels. He follows Connery’s tradition of not wearing a waist-covering. His shoes are a modern take on black tie shoes: black patent leather plain-toe, side-gusset slip-ons.
When we first see Lazenby, he is wearing a black C-crown trilby with a front pinch and narrow black grosgrain ribbon with his dinner suit, a slightly informal hat for black tie.