On the 14 May 1971, Roger Moore appeared on The Dick Cavett Show, alongside Enoch Powell and Jonathan Miller, to discuss his upcoming series The Persuaders!. This television appearance on 14 May 1971 in London occurred near the end of filming The Persuaders! but before the series premiered.
When Moore appeared on chat shows he usually wore clothes made for his roles. For this occasion, Moore atypically wears a three-piece suit from his tailor Cyril Castle that was not made for The Persuaders! or for any other role. This suit does not have quite the same level of flash expected from Lord Brett Sinclair, but it’s more like an update of Moore’s Simon Templar style for the new decade. It displays Moore’s own elegant taste rather than any of his characters’.
The suit is a classic dark grey worsted, though the exact type of fabric is difficult to pinpoint due to the quality of the video. There is a hint of a dark stripe can be seen in the lapels.
The button-two suit jacket has Cyril Castle’s distinctive cut with a full chest, soft shoulders and gentle roping at the sleeve heads. Setting this suit apart from Moore’s usual suits are the peaked lapels on a single-breasted jacket, giving this suit a dressier look and taking it out of the business suit category. The lapels are a bit wider than a medium width but do not look excessive. The lapels have a small amount of belly and a pronounced roll at the base. The jacket overall has a fairly classic silhouette that would not look dated today. It is similar to Tom Ford’s classic “Windsor” model than Daniel Craig wears in Spectre but with a less dramatic shape.
A few years later in Street People, Moore would wear a similar suit that has a bolder Italian flair with much larger lapels.
The jacket is detailed with long double vents, slanted flap pockets and single-button gauntlet cuffs, a common detail found on many of Moore’s jacket of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Though slanted pockets are a sporty detail, they harmonise nicely with the angled of the more formal peaked lapels.
The waistcoat has six buttons down the front, with the bottom button worn open, and most likely two welt pockets on the front. The trousers have a bootcut leg, though the rest of the details of the trousers are no visible. Like Moore’s other trousers of this era they most likely have a darted front and jetted cross pockets.
The pale lilac shirt is one from The Persuaders!, and it has a spread collar, a plain front and button-down cocktail cuffs that fasten around the wrist with a single button. The button-down feature keeps the cuff from getting caught on the suit jacket’s sleeve and gives a roll to the cuff like a good button-down collar has. The shirt is made by Moore’s longtime shirtmaker Frank Foster.
The navy tie, in a shade leaning towards ultramarine or indigo, is made of a double-ribbed-weave silk like many of those that he wears on The Persuaders!. It is made in a four-in-hand knot. He matches the tie with a puffed silk pocket square in a slightly different shade of navy in his suit jacket’s welt breast pocket, avoid the ‘matchy matchy’ look of a tie and pocket square of the same silk. A pocket square is unusual, but not unheard of, for Moore. The Bondian navy tie prevents Moore from looking too flashy.
Complementing his bootcut trousers are tall black zip boots with a square toe. While providing more context to his bootcut trousers than his slip-ons in the Bond films do, these boots are the only part of the outfit that look excessively fashion forward.