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  • Matt Spaiser 15 April 2021 at 08:53 on Midnight Blue Dinner Suit (Tuxedo) in Macau in SkyfallHeavy linen can make for a nice white dinner jacket, but it’s not crisp enough for black or midnight blue.
  • Matt Spaiser 15 April 2021 at 08:52 on Collars Royale: Tom FordI removed the first one as it needs some corrections.
  • S 15 April 2021 at 06:10 on Collars Royale: Tom FordMatt, You write that this is the "second installment" of the Collars Royale series, but I can't find the first installment? Thanks, S
  • Jordan 15 April 2021 at 04:40 on Midnight Blue Dinner Suit (Tuxedo) in Macau in SkyfallWould Linen make an excellent dinner jacket or Tuxedo Fabric?
  • Matt Spaiser 14 April 2021 at 23:48 on Black Tie in Licence to Kill: Bond Breaks the RulesYes, the proportions are too small for his face.
  • Jordan 14 April 2021 at 23:37 on Black Tie in Licence to Kill: Bond Breaks the RulesWhen you say the shirt collar is undersized, does that mean the collar doesn't frame the face properly?
  • Scottybg (IG) 14 April 2021 at 17:38 on How James Bond’s Formative Years Shaped His Sense of StyleIt certainly extends to Navy Mess Dress (No 2)- Black tie, as the trousers on issued rig only have the rear right hand pocket and not side pockets. Matt, another great article. Felix, excellent to hear input from a fellow matelot (Lt, Logs) and Bond sartorial supporter! Some interesting points raised. My only additional point I'd make is. as covered in articles here and other texts, military tailoring is designed to make a man look at his best on the parade square; straight back, chest out thus displaying confidence and authority, Each actor has managed to convey that air, despite the various tailoring styles.
  • Rod The Mod 14 April 2021 at 13:46 on How James Bond’s Formative Years Shaped His Sense of StyleIt’s been a while since I read it but John Pearson wrote the (fictional, obviously) ‘Authorised Biography of 007’ - it’s a good read and stays pretty close to the character of Bond as drawn in the Fleming books except he has Bond wearing blue jeans which find hard to imagine! Anyway in this portrayal fictional Fleming recruits Bond into the Navy then immediately pulls him over to Naval Intelligence in which I think he operated as a sort of commando in WW2 - something similar to the ‘Red Indians’ that real-life Fleming himself commanded from the safety of his desk at Whitehall!
  • Rod The Mod 13 April 2021 at 23:28 on How James Bond’s Formative Years Shaped His Sense of StyleLiterary Bond certainly had a limited colour palette when it came to his suits but there’s nothing to suggest he only had two. In fact when packing for a mission (Goldfinger IIRC) Fleming states he packed ‘a companion to the dark blue tropical worsted suit he was wearing’ along with the yellowing back and white dogtooth, so that’s at least three! My Dad was born in 1921 so very close to Bon’s age (and just slightly older than Don Draper with whom he had a resemblance!). He came from humble roots but wartime promotion elevated him to officer status. He too had a classic, limited wardrobe without gimmicks or fussiness. I wrote about him here : https://rodsmodblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/my-style-icons-my-dad/ He too must have missed the memo about hands in pockets!
  • Reid Stapleton 13 April 2021 at 23:02 on Variations on the Blue ShirtMy personal favorite blue dress shirtings are the light blue and the pale blue like the ones worn by Connery. You can't go wrong with either of those and they look great on almost anybody. I also really like the sky blue shirt Daniel Craig wears in Skyfall and Spectre. The French Blue shirt in Goldeneye is a good casual shirt for a more dressy look. The others however I'm not too stoked on. The Ice Blue to me is too piercing and may only work on those with warmer complexions, otherwise you'll look too bright. The periwinkle, iris and dark blue look way too dark and purple, don't blend well with the dark suits and will just make you look like Barney the Dinosaur. The mid-blue shirt could maybe work with the right clothing, but I don't think it looked good on Connery with his gray suits, just clashed too much.
  • Jtkuga 13 April 2021 at 10:36 on How James Bond’s Formative Years Shaped His Sense of StyleI have no idea if it is British upper class or not, I do know even here in America it seems to be common among ex-military officers. I have worked with a number over the years, and most were very "uniformy." I can't say they are all the same though, my current boss (ex U.S. Navy) is a blazer, regimental tie, OCBD, and tan slacks guy. Another Marine officer is a grey suit and blue tie guy. Come to think of it I can't remember ever seeing him in anything but a grey suit and they are all a similar medium dark grey. They tend to keep it simple, although these are just my personal observations.
  • jdreyfuss 13 April 2021 at 08:08 on How James Bond’s Formative Years Shaped His Sense of StyleDidn't the literary Bond only have two suits, a blue twill for the city and a black-and-cream houndstooth for the country?
  • Simon Firth 13 April 2021 at 06:18 on How James Bond’s Formative Years Shaped His Sense of StyleExcellent read sir.
  • Eric Berthomier 13 April 2021 at 03:52 on How James Bond’s Formative Years Shaped His Sense of StyleDalton and Brosnan must have been with him as well. There is a legend about an argument between Glen and Dalton regarding Bond's hands in pockets in LTK. For Connery, it is sloppy direction by Hamilton (but isn't sloppiness a characteristic of Hamilton's directing style?). In Young's pictures, Connery spends much less time with hands in pockets, certainly not both which is clearly middle to working class in British upper-class eyes.
  • FlemingNeverDies (Instagram) 13 April 2021 at 03:45 on How James Bond’s Formative Years Shaped His Sense of StyleI think that's right, and I've even heard of aristocratic sons wearing their father's old odd jackets and / or waistcoats from time to time. If it's good quality, it lasts.
  • Richard Diamond 12 April 2021 at 22:06 on How James Bond’s Formative Years Shaped His Sense of StyleI have not read the novels in years, but I thought that Bond was given rank in the navy, he did not actually serve. Am I wrong?
  • FlemingNeverDies (Instagram) 12 April 2021 at 21:20 on How James Bond’s Formative Years Shaped His Sense of StyleHaha, it does seem a Connery trait. I notice Army fellas don't have this rule, but the Navy very much does. A ship is not a stable platform, so best to have your hands at the ready at all times. If Bond missed the lesson (I like your reason), he'd be reminded plenty. Perhaps working for MI6, he enjoys the freedom of being able to do it!
  • FlemingNeverDies (Instagram) 12 April 2021 at 21:17 on How James Bond’s Formative Years Shaped His Sense of StyleThank you so much! It's been a joy to share my experiences and connect with so many Bond fans. I've found it a very welcoming community, and will carry on sharing, listening and learning. ~ Felix
  • John 12 April 2021 at 19:07 on How James Bond’s Formative Years Shaped His Sense of StyleGreat read, Matt. I was hoping for more information like this. Someone please correct me if I am wrong, but I believe it's in line with the upper(middle) class, and perhaps with the military as well, to have a "limited" wardrobe, at least for those working for the government. Maybe two great bespoke suits and a couple of odd jackets. The film version of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy also comes to mind. Those men are focused on their jobs. Most of them wear one or two suits in the entire film. I know it's fiction, but I like the idea of wearing a limited variety of well made and durable bespoke suits on a daily basis. There's work to be done, no need to waste your time choosing one of your twenty suits. I believe Ian Fleming also had a similar philosophy, going back to his tailor after a year or so to make a similar suit (according to John Pearson, "fixing some new cloth to Mr. Fleming's original buttons").
  • Ian 12 April 2021 at 18:11 on How James Bond’s Formative Years Shaped His Sense of StyleConnery's Bond must have been AWOL the day the "no hands in pockets" rule was explained. Chasing some pretty young girl, no doubt.
  • Jonathan 12 April 2021 at 15:27 on How James Bond’s Formative Years Shaped His Sense of StyleGieves and Hawkes just happens to be having a major sale at the moment ;)
  • Liam 12 April 2021 at 09:43 on (00)7 Essential James Bond Suits to OwnIf I may extend this question, how many times could you wear a suit before it needs to be dry cleaned? I know you're not supposed to do it too often so the yarns don't wear out, but I'd have thought the trousers would have to be cleaned at least semi-regularly since they're in direct contact with the skin.
  • Matt Spaiser 12 April 2021 at 09:27 on (00)7 Essential James Bond Suits to OwnThree suits is the bare minimum, but five suits would be better.
  • tredstone 12 April 2021 at 08:50 on How James Bond’s Formative Years Shaped His Sense of StyleReally enjoyed this read! A lot of the 'Bond lifestyle' stuff out there borders on farce for me, but I find Felix to be the real deal and genuinely insightful on various aspects of culture, food, etc.
  • Jtkuga 12 April 2021 at 08:49 on (00)7 Essential James Bond Suits to OwnMatt, I’m curious how many suits you believe a man who wears them 5 days a week should own? I’ve seen numbers from as low as 3 to as high as 10 in my research. For me personally, I’d prefer the lowest number that still gives the suits enough time to rest in between wearings so they don’t wear out too quickly.
  • Saul 12 April 2021 at 01:24 on A Guide to James Bond’s Slip-On Shoes and LoafersAny insight you could share on the whole sandal thing?
  • Matt Spaiser 11 April 2021 at 21:05 on A Japanese-American Robe at the Spa in A View to a KillI can see the resemblance. That was a superb exhibit at the Met Museum.
  • Reid Stapleton 11 April 2021 at 18:21 on The Charcoal Blue Suit in Casino RoyaleMy favorite suit in the movie. It may not be on screen long but the combination of Charcoal and Navy colors makes for a versatile suit. Do we know who provided the fabric for the suits in the movie? I would love to have a suit like this but without the glen check and in a wool and mohair blend.
  • Mike 11 April 2021 at 13:43 on A Japanese-American Robe at the Spa in A View to a KillIt reminds me a little of Jimmy Page's dragon suit, https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/754663 for the guitar nerds, the in the exhibit has the tailpieces (the shiny bit where the strings get held) in the right place, so someone did their homework.
  • Matt Spaiser 9 April 2021 at 18:56 on The Famous North By Northwest SuitThe original's weight is likely around that weight and heavier than the Crispaire, but the 13 oz fabric is too dark for North By Northwest.