Happy 64th birthday to Pierce Brosnan! In 1986, Pierce Brosnan was set to replace Roger Moore as James Bond and star in The Living Daylights. Brosnan’s television series Remington Steele had been cancelled, but its television network NBC had an option to renew it. Since the news of Brosnan becoming James Bond made him an even bigger star than he was before, NBC decided to renew Remington Steele for a fifth series. And because Brosnan was now committed to playing Mr Steele again, he was no longer available to star in The Living Daylights.
The final series of Remington Steele, which aired in January and February of 1987, was only six episodes (compared to the usual 22) and had a higher budget due to location filming. The final episode titled “Steeled with a Kiss” was filmed in Ireland where Mr Steele inherits a castle, and for this he wears something more appropriate than the fashionable low-buttoning double-breasted suits he typically wore at the time. For this special occasion he wears a traditionally styled brown tweed three-piece suit.
The brown tweed is woven in alternating stripes of herringbone and barleycorn weaves, and it has flecks and subtle pinstripes in blue, red and yellow. It’s a multi-tweed with all of the classics rolled up into one cloth, but the cloth is not flashy or garish despite having so much going on. A three-piece suit of this heavy tweed is the perfect garment to wear in a draughty Irish castle.
The style of this suit discards the fashionable look of 1987 for a classic British style. This is most likely either a British suit or an American suit made in a British style. The cut is similar to many of the suits that Brosnan wears in the first two years of Remington Steele, but it has an even more traditional cut and balanced style. The jacket has two buttons on the front in a medium stance, four buttons on each cuff, straight and padded shoulders with gently roped sleeve heads, and medium-width lapels with a medium gorge (the seam where the collar and the lapel meet). There are traditional British sporty details on the jacket, including deep double vents, slanted hacking pockets with a ticket pocket, swelled edges and medium brown braided leather buttons.
The suit’s waistcoat has six buttons with five to button. The bottom button is on the gently cut-away portion at the bottom of the waistcoat, which is the traditional British fashion. There are four welt pockets on the front of the waistcoat in the traditional manner.
The suit’s trousers have a classic cut with a high rise and double reverse pleats. Forward pleats are the more traditionally British style, but some tailors in Britain do reverse pleats. The legs are straight and slightly wide. The trousers have an extended waistband with chunky belt loops, through which Brosnan wears a dark brown belt. Belts typically disrupt the lines of a waistcoat but since the suiting is so heavy, the belt does little harm here.
Brosnan’s tweed suit may not look fashionable today, but it doesn’t have a look of any particular era and is completely appropriate for the character and his surroundings. A castle-owner is stereotypically the type who doesn’t care so much about wearing the latest fashions and will want clothes that he can wear for years. Such a heavy tweed suit should indeed last for years. The only thing that dates Pierce Brosnan’s look is his hair: it’s not currently popular for men to wear their hair so long on the sides and in the back, even though it’s a good look on Pierce Brosnan.
With the suit, Brosnan wears a white shirt with a spread collar, double cuffs and front placket, which are edge-stitched. The tie is a burgundy, red and blue ancient madder print, which is a traditional English tie. Brosnan ties it in a Windsor knot. A scarlet red silk handkerchief stuffed into his breast pocket with the corners sticking out picks up the red in the tie.
Brosnan’s shoes are a country classic: tobacco-coloured suede full-brogue (wingtip) oxfords. His socks are light grey with a medium blue pattern on the sides.
Over the suit, Brosnan wears a traditional knee-length tan cotton double-breasted trench coat with ten buttons. It has raglan sleeves with shoulder straps, a hook closure at the collar, a yoke across the upper back, a storm flap on the front right, slash pockets, and a self belt and wrist straps that close with a leather buckles. Brosnan wears the trench coat open and leaves the belt hanging in back.
This is also a rare occasion when we see Pierce Brosnan wear a hat. When wearing the trench coat, Brosnan wears an eight-piece newsboy cap in a brown large herringbone tweed. The top of the cap is made up of eight pieces with a button connecting them in the middle. The top of the cap blouses over a short brim. He tilts the cap slightly to high right side. Though the cap may be named after newsboys, upper class men also have long preferred this cap for country sports.