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  • Matt Spaiser 19 January 2019 at 17:58 on Is Professor Dent Wearing James Bond’s Shirt?That’s certainly a possibility.
  • Adrian 19 January 2019 at 09:40 on Is Professor Dent Wearing James Bond’s Shirt?Very interesting. I think it's worth mentioning that Dawson was a close personal friend of Terence Young ( he mentioned in a commentary that he always tried to give him work in any film he directed). I had always wondered if, in the Queen's club scene, he was wearing a shirt that Young had given him from his collection, as Young himself often wore cocktail cuffs.
  • Matt Spaiser 18 January 2019 at 14:43 on Mason & Sons Barleycorn Hacking Jacket and Cavalry Twill TrousersThat is not the right pattern, and it is also too light. Harris Tweed is not the right look for this jacket. I've never seen anything closer to Connery's jacket than the cloth that Mason & Sons had woven.
  • Brendan 18 January 2019 at 12:37 on Mason & Sons Barleycorn Hacking Jacket and Cavalry Twill TrousersMatt, I wanted to ask for your thoughts on the following Harris Tweed fabric and if it is a closer match to the Goldfinger Hacking Jacket - https://www.harristweedshop.com/tweed-harris-barley-twist.html# It is the Brown/Oatmeal fabric on the left of the webpage above.
  • Matt Spaiser 17 January 2019 at 14:39 on The White Dinner Jacket in GoldfingerHi Larry, these trousers have a plain hem (on a slant, not straight), just as black tie trousers should always be, even when they have pleats. These trousers atypically do not have the side stripes. They are just plain black trousers.
  • Larry 17 January 2019 at 11:22 on The White Dinner Jacket in GoldfingerHey Matt, I was wondering an can't really tell do the trousers have cuffs or straight hem on them? I have a Gala coming up an am trying to copy the look. I found some midnight blue vintage trousers on Ebay with side strips found a dinner jacket at mensusa so I just need the final on if the trousers are cuffed or straight. Thanks for you help.
  • Ryan Hall 16 January 2019 at 23:43 on The Leather Blouson in A View to a KillMoore has been often criticised for his old mannish a casual wear in many of his 1980’s outings, but especially in AVTAK his casual wear was similar to what Clint Eastwood was wearing as Dirty Harry at the same time. A leather blouson, button down collar shirt and flannel slacks, nobody really has a go at his outfits. They say his looks rugged and manly in his leather jackets etc. He was also using Douglas Hayward as his tailor around the same time as Moore. He is only three years younger then Roger Moore. Interesting I think.
  • Dan Ippolito 15 January 2019 at 18:05 on The Leather Blouson in A View to a KillI agree that some of Connery's behavior is distasteful to modern sensibilities; his forcing himself on Pussy in the stable is hard to watch today. I also find Moore's treatment of Andrea in TMWTGG as unwatchable as it is out of character. His tricking Solitaire is not in the same league - I view it more as an instance of Moore's mischievous characterization, and besides, the cards had already "told" them they would be lovers back in New York! In TSWLM, Anya, if anything, is the condescending one. As for Lazenby, (as much as I like him in the role) I suspect that his hippie sensibilities would have made for a very odd (and hirsute) updating of the 007 role.
  • saul 15 January 2019 at 04:52 on Is Professor Dent Wearing James Bond’s Shirt?Dent is wearing the turnback cuff? F.... that !!! I'm glad he took the room temperature challenge
  • Christian 15 January 2019 at 02:23 on The Leather Blouson in A View to a KillDavid - agree 100%.
  • jdreyfuss 14 January 2019 at 21:10 on Is Professor Dent Wearing James Bond’s Shirt?Do you have a higher resolution photo of Professor Dent's shoes? They almost look like something halfway between a driving moccasin and a boat shoe, with the high vamp and slip on fit of a driver but with a low heel attached to a one piece sole like a boat shoe, rather than the flat, two piece sole you usually find on a driver.
  • Jovan Gauthier 14 January 2019 at 20:31 on The Leather Blouson in A View to a KillAgreed to all of the above. Connery as Bond may be legendary, being the first, but I certainly hope modern audiences (particularly young men) are watching with a more critical eye now. Moore's characterization did continue Connery's overt misogyny at first. See the way he tricks Solitaire into sleeping with him in LALD and slaps around Andrea in TMWTGG and nearly breaks her damn arm. Thankfully they appeared to understand that this would no longer fly in the '70s afterwards, though he was still a condescending pr*ck to Anya in TSWLM. I agree with George Lazenby's remarks at the time that Bond needed updating for the '70s, but wish he had simply pushed for the change he wanted while in a position of power to do so instead of just leaving the role unceremoniously. I'm in the minority here, but I very much like Daniel Craig in the role because of the vulnerability he gave a character who is otherwise, more or less, portrayed as cold killer with dry humour. Though part of that is certainly due to the scripts. Daniel Craig did however play against type in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and did it quite well at that. He was still a little muscular for the character as described in the books, despite his attempts to "eat anything [he] wanted" and "stop working out", but his Mikael Blomkvist was spot on acting-wise. The part where he gets grazed by a bullet, then runs scared and panting all the way to the shack where he's still muttering and in shock... just perfect.
  • Jovan Gauthier 14 January 2019 at 19:35 on Is Professor Dent Wearing James Bond’s Shirt?Fascinating! It makes a lot of sense for them to do that. They could have gotten away using a ready made shirt on him, but they probably didn't even want to spare that small expense if the two had similar neck sizes. Always thought the cocktail cuffs looked odd on a man who, as you succinctly put it, "cares more about his work than his appearance".
  • Matt Spaiser 14 January 2019 at 16:59 on The Advantages of BracesI am sure they do. Just as Zegna makes Tom Ford suits in an entirely different manner than they make suits under their own name.
  • Old School 14 January 2019 at 16:57 on The Advantages of BracesThis is most interesting , Matt. Are you saying that Albert Thurston makes Barrathea Braces in different materials for different retailers ?
  • Matt Spaiser 14 January 2019 at 16:31 on The Advantages of BracesCan they not both be correct? Considering the large price difference, I don't think they are selling the same braces.
  • Old School 14 January 2019 at 15:44 on The Advantages of BracesMatt , l have a small confusion regarding the Albert Thurston Barrathea braces. Different retailers say that they are made from different materials. https://henrypoole.com/hp/product/wine-silk-barathea-braces/ Henry Poole says that the Thurson Barrathea braces are made from Silk . But T M Lewin says that the Thurston Barrathea braces are a nylon cotton blend. So which is correct ?
  • David Hughes 14 January 2019 at 11:35 on The Leather Blouson in A View to a KillRe Moore's supposed sleaziness, have been going through the box set with my wife, and Connery is, at times, sleazy and downright unpleasant! His supposedly seductive look at Tilly when driving, his forcing himself on Pussy in the stable, shall we say these are very uncomfortable viewing for a contemporary audience. Moore, whilst he has scripts that are somewhat condescending to women in some of his films, never looks threatening to a woman in the way that Connery could sometimes do. And whilst this look - the leather jacket with more formal trousers - isn't great, and whilst Sir Roger was too old in this film, he still looked very good in a suit, and looked better than Connery post Thunderball. And it's easy to forgive Moore, who brought a great sense of fun to the films. He was also, incidentally, a Bond who could hint at the vulnerability which we really saw in QoS - witness the scene in TSHLM when Amasova mentions him having been married. His reaction is very British (I speak as a Brit)!
  • Travers Alvirez 13 January 2019 at 18:01 on What Is Worsted Wool?Fresco can be made with any yarn or combinations of yarns, depending on what was looked for. The term "Fresco" is more like a trademark, where the weave itself is actually plain open weave. Even so, wool reign supreme over many others when it comes to a plain weave of high twist yarn.
  • Haffman 12 January 2019 at 22:56 on What Is Worsted Wool?Ah, thanks Matt. I’m British but I used to pronounced it werr-stead, but I noticed in the Live and Let Die audiobook that Rory Kinnear drops the r when pronouncing the word. Interesting about non-rhotic accents, that’s not a concept I was familiar with.
  • Matt Spaiser 11 January 2019 at 23:24 on What Is Worsted Wool?Americans say werr-sted and the British say woo-stead, with the "oo" pronounced like in book. Essentially, the r is dropped if you speak with a non-rhotic accent.
  • Haffman 11 January 2019 at 22:17 on What Is Worsted Wool?Matt, thanks for another great article, my question is —- is worsted correctly pronounced worr-sted or woo-sted? I hear both, but think the latter might be right
  • Jovan Gauthier 11 January 2019 at 18:29 on The Persuaders: A Burma Dinner JacketOuch.
  • sambullus 10 January 2019 at 16:42 on The Persuaders: A Burma Dinner Jackethideous. Another example of Roger as "medallion man", a type that he was too old for even then
  • Saul 9 January 2019 at 07:33 on Collars Royale: Turnbull & AsserI bought the regent collar shirt recently, however my suit was drowning out the collar, so i was hoping the collar would be taller...
  • Matt Spaiser 8 January 2019 at 15:38 on Collars Royale: Turnbull & AsserAre you talking about the World Is Not Enough collar? It's similar to the Regent collar and not quite a full cutaway.
  • Saul 8 January 2019 at 07:23 on Collars Royale: Turnbull & Asserit seems in order for me to get a brosnan accurate spread collar, it seems it appears to be one step away from the straight cutaway. is this correct?
  • Matt Spaiser 7 January 2019 at 18:32 on What Is Worsted Wool?I have never heard this before. The Minnis Fresco is all wool, as is Simth Woollens Finmaresco.
  • Jovan Gauthier 7 January 2019 at 17:30 on The Persuaders: A Burma Dinner JacketI'm not terribly surprised they're doing it, as we're now moving away from the Mad Men-like trend for austerity and more towards another "peacock revolution". I originally did not like ruffled-front dress shirts, as I associated them with powder blue dinner suits and especially the versions that trimmed the ruffles in another colour. However, Frank Foster makes them quite beautifully. In white plain weave with a classic collar and cuff choice, they also avoid any unfortunate associations with Austin Powers. (Who wears a shirt with lace cuffs and jabot anyway -- not a ruffled-front shirt as people incorrectly claim.)
  • jdreyfuss 7 January 2019 at 17:29 on What Is Worsted Wool?I thought fresco specifically referred to an open plain weave made of a high twist blend of wool, silk, and cashmere or wool, silk, and mohair, not any open plain weave made from high twist worsted.