Red, White and Blue

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Today it is Independence Day in the United States (sorry readers in Britain), so I chose to look at a red, white and blue outfit from The World is Not Enough.


The red in the outfit comes from a Turnbull & Asser tie. The pattern consists of a yellow-centred red circle on a twill base. Since a tie is cut on the bias, a normally 45-degree twill rib will appear to run either crosswise or lengthwise. This tie is an example of the latter.

The white is a shirt from Turbull & Asser, with the usual spread collar and double cuffs.


The blue is Bond’s 3-button Brioni suit. The fabric is a navy semi-solid, which costume designer Lindy Hemming seems to like on Brosnan. Since she has never put Brosnan in a solid blue lounge suit she probably feels that a rich blue would overpower his complexion. The suit coat has slanted pockets with a ticket pocket, double vents and 4-button cuffs. The darted front trousers have turn-ups and are worn with a black belt.

Bond’s black shoes are not the Church’s Presley monk as seen elsewhere in the movie but instead a lace-up brogue. The shoe might be the Church’s Chetwynd model. A lace-up is probably a better choice considering all the running and jumping involved in this scene.

6 COMMENTS

  1. I am fairly sure that this suit is a birdseye similar to the Goldeneye and TND ones. If not, it may be a pinhead.

  2. Matt, judging the second picture, isn’t the suit cloth clearly a navy serge ? We can see the diagonal lines. Any idea ? Thank you !

    • The diagonal lines are most likely an illusion created by the pattern. Serge would be in a solid colour, and this suit has both blue and white. It looks like it could be pick-and-pick from the diagonal lines, but at certain points the diagonal lines change into more of a checkerboard. When you look at birdseye from certain angles it looks like there are diagonal lines. Birdseye is the most likely pattern for this suit.

  3. If I go to a cutter who is competent would he know what exactly a navy semi solid coloured suit looks like? Im having trouble finding something to compare it to. Upon reading it seems you have decided that this suit is truly navy birdseye.

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