When James Bond arrives in Venice in Moonraker he wears an dupioni silk suit in elephant grey. Dupioni silk is both shiny and slubby, and it’s a great fabric for spring and in the Mediterranean. The suit jacket, made by Angelo Roma, is cut with a button two front and wide lapels. The jacket has a strong Roman cut with straight and narrow shoulders with roped sleeve heads, a clean chest and a suppressed waist. Detailing the jacket are deep double vents, straight pockets with narrow flaps (in comparison to the lapels) and four buttons on each cuff. The trousers have a flat front, no side pockets and wide, flared legs, and they are worn with a belt. If you can get past the wide lapels and flared legs, you’ll see that the suit has a flattering cut with an excellent fit.
Bond’s shirt from Frank Foster is made of light ecru silk crepe de chine and has a large point collar, a front placket and “Lapidus” tab cuffs. The tie is printed pattern of white and dark red ovals on a dark navy ground. Bond’s socks are light grey to match the suit and his shoes are black Italian horse bit slip-ons.
Five examples of this suit were made for the movie. In the scene where the gondola rises out of the water, the first four takes resulted in the craft tipping over and Roger Moore falling into the water, ruining each suit. Whilst the fifth take was a success, it’s a shame about the first four suits.