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  • Tim Correll on Ranking the (00)7 Best-Dressed Bond Villains: “Just keep that walking and talking natural disaster Denise Richards off of the best dressed Bond girls list! Other than that, any of the Bond girls are awesome! ;)22 February 2024
  • Matt Spaiser on My Anthony Sinclair Made-to-Measure Thunderball Mohair Suit: “I don’t think they are any harder to care for.21 February 2024
  • Reid Stapleton on My Anthony Sinclair Made-to-Measure Thunderball Mohair Suit: “Are Wool/Mohair blend suits harder to care for compared to 100% wool suits?20 February 2024
  • Rod The Mod on James Bond’s Black-and-White Suits: “Just re-stating my view that the Junkanoo sharkskin suit in Thunderball is the best suit in the entire canon for me. I also like the pairing with the more saturated blue shirt. I don’t get caught up too deeply with the whole Flusser theory of complexion I think it’s largely a load of bollocks but I do agree with the general concept that pale skinned Nordic blondies like me should avoid being washed out with pale blue shirts, pastel pinks etc which is why I like the look of more saturated shirts which are slightly unconventional is strictly formal business-wear traditions. Connery is dark haired and tanned in Thunderball yet still looks good with the suit / shirt combo. In fact I’m hard pressed to see where he / they (costuming) put a foot wrong in the whole film but that suit takes centre stage. You could make the case that the royal blue walking suit and straw hat was a bit of a stretch but even that’s an improvement on the novel’s sandals-with-a-suit moment!20 February 2024
  • Matt Spaiser on James Bond’s Black-and-White Suits: “I don’t find that the lower contrast suits make a difference for complexion. It’s the overall combination of the two colours that matters most.20 February 2024
  • Reid Stapleton on James Bond’s Black-and-White Suits: “Me personally I prefer Black and Grey as opposed to Black and White weaves as I prefer the lower contrast with my Bond film favorites being the herringbone suits in YOLT and Living Daylights, and the sharkskin suits in From Russia with Love and The World is Not Enough. Do these lower contrast suits work better with someone with a low contrast Summer complexion or does it not really matter?19 February 2024
  • Matt Spaiser on The Naked Face: A Tweed Balmacaan: “Yes, that sounds exactly like a balmacaan.19 February 2024
  • tredstone on The 1989 Charcoal Suit in Licence to Kill: “Jodie Tillen, is that you? If not, we’re starting to get some really wild takes posted here…19 February 2024
  • Alex on The Naked Face: A Tweed Balmacaan: “Asking here since it seems appropriate: I’ve got an overcoat myself that’s very close to this one – raglan sleeves, turndown collar without lapels, fly front, exposed top button, straps on the sleeves, reaches below the knee – but is in black wool: something slightly fuzzy and very heavy, and as far as I know, waterproof. It also doesn’t have a belt. It’s got diagonal welt pockets for the hands, no breast pocket, and a rear centre vent. I’ve tried to match that to the definitions of various coat types I know of and found nothing; this is the closest match. Is that a balmacaan too, or am I missing some type of coat I’m not aware of yet?19 February 2024
  • Matt Spaiser on The 1989 Charcoal Suit in Licence to Kill: “Dalton’s suits are more comparable to Charlie Sheen’s. Gekko’s clothes show maturity, intelligence and taste. And he looks straight out of the 1930s.18 February 2024
  • Jim S on Ranking the (00)7 Best-Dressed Bond Villains: “I always took Zorin’s clothes to be camofkage. He dresses well, but it hides the fact that he is completely insane. Of all the Bond villains he is the craziest, but to look at him you wouldn’t know. This contrasts against baddies like Gordon Gecko. One look and you know he’s the villain. But that’s me.18 February 2024
  • Le Chiffre on The 1989 Charcoal Suit in Licence to Kill: “Gekko’s suits are pretty timeless. The fit is tad roomy, there are some cases in which the jackets collar is too wide for the neck, and I personally think there are too many patterns in some outfits, but no way they are as dated as The LTK suits regarding the fit and style. Gekko’s suit shoulders are imposing but work, while in LTK the shoulders are just simply overdone.18 February 2024
  • Matt Spaiser on The 1989 Charcoal Suit in Licence to Kill: “Bond rarely dresses inconspicuously, and he’s not supposed to be an inconspicuous spy. He’s usually either supposed to be a representative of the British government or a successful British business man, and here he looks like neither. Gordon Gekko in Wall Street is hardly as dated as Dalton in Licence to Kill.17 February 2024
  • Willard Whyte on The 1989 Charcoal Suit in Licence to Kill: “I honestly don’t think the suits in LTK are all that bad. There’s far more dated suits in other ’80s movies and tv shows (Gordon Gekko in Wall Street and Don Johnson in Miami Vice come to mind). Let’s not forget Bond is a secret agent, I would hope he would wear something inconspicuous (which happened to be baggy suits in the ’80s).17 February 2024
  • Matt Spaiser on The 1989 Charcoal Suit in Licence to Kill: “A nicer suit wouldn’t be any less comfortable. His suit at the end of the film isn’t any nicer either.17 February 2024
  • Willard Whyte on The 1989 Charcoal Suit in Licence to Kill: “Maybe he wore this suit to the airport because he wanted to be comfortable on the plane ride. I imagine he would’ve changed into something nicer once he got to Istanbul but that’s just my theory.17 February 2024
  • Willard Whyte on The 1989 Charcoal Suit in Licence to Kill: “You guys need to take the nostalgia goggles off. Moore’s suits are hideous. Dalton’s suits would actually be nice if they weren’t so baggy.16 February 2024
  • M on Ranking the (00)7 Best-Dressed Bond Villains: “Grace Jones as mayday deserves a whole column of her own.16 February 2024
  • ED on Ranking the (00)7 Best-Dressed Bond Villains: “The only Bond Villain to challenge 007 for the title of sharpest-looking gentleman ****** in the movie would, of course, have to be one of those with Count Dracula on their resume (In Monsieur Jourdan’s case the COUNT DRACULA of the mid-1970s BBC, which is in fact one of the very best ones, not least through M. Jourdan’s own work).15 February 2024
  • Matt Spaiser on Suitings for the Setting: “Cotton herringbone is one of the best for formal settings in the cooler half of the year. Cotton poplin is good too because it’s the standard business shirting year-round, however, it won’t provide the extra warmth that herringbone does. Royal oxford is a good choice, but while it has extra texture compared to poplin it isn’t more insulating. Fine twill is good for warmth, but they don’t look as formal as herringbone.15 February 2024
  • tredstone on Suitings for the Setting: “Can you comment on appropriate shirtings for the winter in a business setting?15 February 2024
  • Matt Spaiser on Ranking the (00)7 Best-Dressed Bond Villains: “Please do! It would be much more valuable than my take on it.14 February 2024
  • Giselle Gauthier on Ranking the (00)7 Best-Dressed Bond Villains: “Hm! I’m going to have to write a best-dressed Bond girls and Bond femme fatales list to complement this one. ;)14 February 2024
  • Rod The Mod on Ranking the (00)7 Best-Dressed Bond Villains: “Not much to disagree with on this list, very well done. Thunderball remains my favourite film in the entire canon for a number of reasons so I have to agree with the above comments placing him as number one, (even if he was the model for Number Two!). There was the potential for sinister violence behind his outward good manners and immaculate presentation, which we see in the punch-up of the finale. I don’t see Khan in that way, he just tags his henchman in!14 February 2024
  • Le Chiffre on Ranking the (00)7 Best-Dressed Bond Villains: “I definitely could hear Moore use it in a sentence !!14 February 2024
  • Le Chiffre on Ranking the (00)7 Best-Dressed Bond Villains: “I agree, I could definitely see Largo’s flannel suit worn by any Bond and his blazer worn by Lazenby’s and Moore’s Bond, at least. His summer camp shirts could -and should- be worn by anyone !14 February 2024
  • Eddy on Ranking the (00)7 Best-Dressed Bond Villains: “What? No Brad Brad Whitaker?? He was slovenly perfection!13 February 2024
  • Greg on Ranking the (00)7 Best-Dressed Bond Villains: “I’m sure Fleming meant that the cufflinks were discreet, but yeah, “modest” and “Cartier” aren’t two words you normally expect to see in the same sentence, are they?13 February 2024
  • Matt Spaiser on Ranking the (00)7 Best-Dressed Bond Villains: “Khan’s wardrobe is indeed just like Bond’s, except for the Nehru jackets. I appreciate this about his clothes. Largo’s clothes are similar to Bond’s too, but they have more grandeur. I find Zorin’s look too ordinary and lacking in a quality that makes it stand out from other clothes of the era. But his clothes are nice.13 February 2024
  • Rome on Ranking the (00)7 Best-Dressed Bond Villains: “Thanks, I should have known that you would have covered The Thomas Crown Affair.13 February 2024