Bond wears his second black tie outfit in The Living Daylights on a date/mission to the opera and amusement park in Vienna, Austria. The black dinner suit has a notched lapel jacket with a one-button front, four-button cuffs, jetted pockets and lapels, all satin-trimmed. The jacket is cut with double vents. Like with most of the suits in The Living Daylights, the shoulders of this jacket are heavily padded and the fit is slightly too large. Some may argue that a dinner suit should not have notch lapels, but when wearing a dinner suit to an amusement park the more casual lapels don’t seem so out of place. However, more formal peak lapels would have been better suited for the opera.
The dinner suit’s trousers have double reverse pleats, wide tapered legs and are worn with white clip-on braces. Whilst they are okay for kids, clip-on braces have no place in the wardrobe of a well-dressed man. Braces should button onto the waistband of the trousers. Bond wears no traditional waist covering, a poor choice considering he reveals the clips of his braces when his jacket is open.
James Bond wears a white shirt with a spread collar, double cuffs and pleated front. The narrower pleats found on Bond’s shirt were more popular at the time than the more traditional wider pleats that Bond had worn in previous films but the shirt is still from an English shirtmaker. The shirt has mother of pearl buttons down the placket, which is stitched 3/8 inch from the edge in the traditional English fashion. Bond’s bow tie is black satin silk in a narrow thistle shape. Bond’s shoes are black patent leather plain-toe slip-ons with a full black grosgrain strap over the vamp.
Whilst the outfit is better than the notched-lapel dinner suit in Licence to Kill, it still needs some improvement.