Grey isn’t a very popular colour for linen, which is most often found in its natural beige colour. When not natural, other earth tones, white and blue are still far more popular than grey linen. But this grey linen suit made by Brioni is quite appropriate for Bond’s arrival in the Bahamas in Casino Royale. The suit coat has a button three front, four buttons on the cuffs, double vents and flapped pockets, cut with straight shoulders and roped sleeve heads.
The unusual thing about this suit is the peaked lapels, which is a first for Bond on a single-breasted suit. Peaked lapels typically are not found on single-breasted coats outside of formalwear. Another name for peaked lapels is double-breasted lapels, and that’s because they are the standard for double-breasted coats. The trousers have a darted front and turn-ups. The legs are also full-cut, which has many benefits with linen. Because linen has the tendency to wrinkle more than any other cloth, a tighter leg will only cause more wrinkles. A full leg also wears cooler than a tight leg.
Bond’s sport shirt is white with fancy self patterns, alternating track stripes with large and small chains on a white open plain-weave. The shirt has shorts sleeves, shoulder straps, a placket front, back darts and a large, two-button spread collar. Bond wears dark brown suede two-eyelet derby shoes and commits the faux pas of wearing a black leather belt with brown shoes. The belt should always match the shoes. The sunglasses are from Persol, model 2244.