Max Denbigh’s Grey Glen Check Suit

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Andrew Scott’s Max Denbigh, the Director-General of the Joint Security Service who also goes by “C”, dresses in dark suits with a fashionable edge in Spectre. Denbigh’s modern clothes contrast with M’s traditional clothes without looking inappropriately fashion forward. The clothes reflect C’s attitude when he speaks to M regarding his new methods versus the old 00-section: “It’s the future, and you’re not.” C’s suits are rooted in the British tradition with a hint of 1960s fashion, whilst his shirts take their cues from current fashion.

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When meeting with M in M’s office at the beginning of Spectre and when encountering M in the corridor later in the film, Denbigh wears a black and grey glen check suit from Burberry. The suit jacket has an English silhouette with straight shoulders and roped sleeve heads. The chest is lean with a close fit and the waist is suppressed, but it’s not as tight as the waists of Daniel Craig’s suit jackets.

The suit jacket has two buttons on the front in a slightly high stance. The lapels are medium-narrow with small fishmouth notches, and they are finished with noticeable pick stitching. The jacket is detailed with straight pockets with flaps, four cuff buttons and a single vent. The suit’s trousers have a flat front and side adjusters. The legs are narrow and straight.

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On the two occasions Denbigh wears this suit he wears it with different shirts and ties. The first shirt he wears with it is ecru with a self stripe. With this shirt he wears a black tie with s random pattern of printed white dots that looks like a star-filled night sky. The second shirt he wears with it is cream with grey diamonds, most likely a printed pattern. The tie with the second shirt is black with alternating white and dark grey dotted lines. The dots on the tie clash with the similar scale of the shirt’s pattern. Both shirts are made in the same style. They have spread collars with short stands and short points, button cuffs and front plackets. The ties are tied in four-in-hand knots.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I would think the costume designer picked ecru and cream shirts for Andrew Scott because they suited his fairer complexion then putting him in stark whites. It shows that these off-white colours are coming back into fashion for shirts be it with subtle patterns and stripes. Not that they ever went a way for the classic dresser.

    • I think it has more to do with fashion than colouration in this case. After all, Temime has yet to put Daniel Craig in any sky blue shirts despite that they’d look great on him. It’s quite interesting that she favours sky blue and ecru/cream on the male actors who have dark hair in this film.

      In any case, those two off-white colours would be very welcome returns in fashion.

    • I was wrong, he does wear a sky blue in the last movie and then this one. I was thinking of ecru. But more judicious use of either in the next movie would be welcome.

    • I think too many people assume that men under 5’10 need shorter collars as a rule, when really all one needs to do is balance out the face and neck. A wider spread and longer points would look better with Andrew Scott’s head and neck size.

  2. The cut of the suit is really what Bond should be wearing, the most important point is it really fits Andrew Scott while being slim fitting.

  3. Shocking lack of shirt cuff protrusion. There really is no excuse for forgetting to show half an inch of cuff. Otherwise, not a bad effort.
    The single vent is a nice touch.

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