Most people would agree that George Lazenby isn’t the greatest actor, but what more important from the perspective of this blog is that he knew how to wear clothes. For his first visit to M’s office in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service he’s dressed in a three-piece navy herringbone suit, something typical for a London businessman. Lazenby also went for the traditional button three front as opposed to Sean Connery’s modern button two. The lapels roll gently through the top button for a two-and-a-half roll. The top button is not obscured by the lapels, but it’s not intended to fasten.
The cut is also much different with a cleaner, trimmer silhouette and narrower shoulders, though lightly padded with natural sleeve heads. The coat has deep side vents (probably about 12 inches) and straight flapped pockets. The cuffs are finished with three buttons, matching the number of buttons on the front. The suits in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service are made by Fulham, London tailor Dimi Major, according to the The Spy Who Came Out of the Closet articles.
Lazenby’s trousers were also much different from Connery’s. Gone were the traditional English forward-pleated trousers and replaced with a more fitted darted front style, and pleats would not return until Timothy Dalton would revert to Connery’s style of forward pleats. The trousers have the same “Daks tops” button-tab side adjusters that Connery’s trousers have. The side pockets are slanted. The legs are trim and straight from the knee-down, finishing the suit’s swinging ’60s silhouette.
The waistcoat is made in the traditional style with four welt pockets and a full six-button front, though the bottom button is left open, of course.
We get a rare look at one of James Bond’s three-piece suits without the jacket when he visits his own private office, where it is appropriate for one to remove his suit jacket.
The shirt, made by Frank Foster of Pall Mall, is a basic white lightweight cotton, possibly a fine poplin or zephyr, with a point collar cut with a considerable amount of tie space. Lazenby goes simple with single-button rounded cuffs, a first for James Bond. To finish off the look with a traditional Bondian element, Lazenby wears a navy blue silk knitted silk tie, something carried over for a few Connery films and from Fleming’s Bond.
Overall, Lazenby’s style is quite a different look from what Connery had established, a bit more modern and rakish and undeniably British.