Tic-Patterned Suit as Sir Hilary Bray in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

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As a part of his disguise as Sir Hilary Bray in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Bond wears a copy of Sir Hilary’s tweed three-piece suit. This suit is made of brown tweed wool with a cream tick pattern and a rust windowpane. With the same softly-padded shoulder and clean, fitted cut as George Lazenby’s other suits, this suit was also made by the same tailor, Dimi Major. The suit coat has a button two front with classic hacking details, such as a deep single vent and angled, flapped pockets, but the jacket length is shorter than a typical hacking jacket. This coat has three cuff button like in the rest of the suits in the film, and all the buttons are made of dark brown horn.

This suit’s waistcoat has a button six front, worn with the bottom button open. The trousers have double forward pleats with a narrow tapered leg and turn-ups, similar to Connery’s suit trousers.

The shirt from Frank Foster is a cotton twill with a tattersall pattern in tan, brown, navy and olive on an ecru ground. It has a spread collar, plain front and single-button cuffs His shoes are mid brown full-brogue, wing-tip, three-eyelet derby shoes with rubber soles. Bond later wears this shirt, these trousers and these shoes casually with a cardigan. The narrow tie is a navy repp with a large crest under the Windsor knot. I know nothing about heraldry, but the crest would have a special meaning to Bray. If anyone knows this meaning please feel free to share. Bond also wears Sir Hilary’s round tortoise-shell glasses.

In the previous scene, Bond wears an Ulster coat and more over his suit to stay warm outdoors.

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  1. Excellent country suit. I like Lazenby’s suits a lot, they’re overshadowed by Connery’s and Moore’s, of course but Lazenby wears his clothes well too. After all, he was a model.

    I once read on some online forum that I do not remember, that Dimi Major also made the cream suit from Never Say Never Again that I like. Don’t know if this is true or not.
    Also of interest is that Major was one a partner of Doug Hayward, and if the story is true regarding Connery’s cream suit in Never Say Never, that would explain the remarkable similarity to Moore’s cream suits in Octopussy and For Your Eyes Only.

    • I don’t think the suits in OHMSS are by the same tailor as the suits in Never Say Never Again. The shoulder in Never Say Never Again is natural with a roped sleevehead, very much like Hayward’s cut. The shoulder here is padded and there is no roping.

  2. This is one of my favorite suits in the entire series because it makes a point I have held for a long time, namely, that the “tweedy professor” look doesn’t have to be nerdy and can actually be sexy if (a) the tweed suit is well cut and (b) the professor in question is halfway fit and wears his clothes well.

  3. Matt, sorry to clog up your comments but TND is missing from your dropdown menu entitled “The Movies”. Also Pierce Brosnan is missing from “The Actors”

  4. Lazenby’s Bond also has a small mole on his left cheek, just like Sir Hilary Bray. It’s a small detail but it would mean anyone’s description of him would make Bond’s disguise even more watertight.

  5. What’s your take Matt on the checked shirt worn by Sir Hillary Bray, is it outdated or can still be used today, because I have a similar checked shirt to what Sir Hillary Bray and Bond in disguise is wearing and I’m wondering if I can wear it with a suit, maybe even a 3 piece suit like as shown above? Thanks.

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