“Card Sense” Jimmy Bond

Casino Royale (1954)

The first on-screen appearance of James Bond came with the “Casino Royale” television play on CBS’s Climax! in 1954, with Bond played by American actor Barry Nelson. In this production James Bond is an American agent with “Combined Intelligence” and nicknamed “Jimmy.” But also, he isn’t the best-tailored character, wearing an oversized dinner jacket. British agent Clarence Leiter (Michael Pate) in his black dinner suit and Le Chiffre (Peter Lorre) in his light-coloured, double-breasted dinner jacket both looked better tailored than Bond.

Casino Royale (1954)

Bond wears a light-coloured dinner jacket, which has been coloured “buff” in cover art, and I concur with the artist’s choice of colour. The dinner jacket is full-cut and very similar to the tailoring in Licence to Kill, with wide shoulders and a low button stance. The dinner jacket buttons one and has a shawl collar. It has no vents, jetted pockets and three buttons on the cuffs. The buttons are darker than the cloth, suggesting brown horn.

Casino Royale (1954)

Bond’s trousers are black and are most likely help with with braces. Sometimes you can see a hint of something dark under the jacket, and that is probably the braces. The shirt has a soft point collar, double cuffs and a placket front with 3 onyx studs, and the cufflinks match the studs. Bond wears a black satin batwing bow tie and a black satin cummerbund. The flower in his lapel is most likely a red carnation, which doesn’t look so appealing on black-and-white television. He also wears a pocket square, which is either red—to match the flower—or black.

Casino Royale (1954)

The Barbour Sports Jacket


Skyfall‘s costume designer Jany Temime introduced a British icon to the Bond series: the Barbour jacket. Barbour is famous for its waxed cotton jackets, which are both waterproof and stylish. Bernhard Roetzel praises the Barbour in his book Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion:

This jacket protects you from bad weather, but it also protects you from the risk of being improperly dressed. And it’s true: if you are not sure what to put on you can always fall back on the Barbour – as long as it’s not too warm, that is.

And Roetzel means that literally, even going as far to say it is better to wear a Barbour and a sweater than a poorly-fitting dinner suit. Perhaps costume designers in the past may have thought the Barbour is too recognisable or too snobbish for Bond, but it’s an appropriate jacket for Bond to wear in a casual country setting.


Bond’s Barbour jacket in Skyfall is a limited edition by To Ki To, designed by Tokihito Yoshida, in olive waxed cotton, cut similarly to a lounge coat. It has three large buttons on the front, with the top button placed further apart. Further up the lapels there is a tab and smaller button (which has been removed), but the tab is held back with a button under the lapel. If the tab were extended, the button that Bond uses to hold it back would be used to secure a throat latch to the chest. The throat latch would also attach to buttons on either side of the collar, which have also been removed. There is also another small button that closes the top of the lapels. The shoulders have patches of a different, greener material. The front of the jacket has two flapped bellows pockets on the hips, with the bellows made from the same material as the shoulder patches. There is also a flapped, inset breast pocket, and the back of the jacket has vertical zip pockets on the sides of the skirt.  The jacket comes with a hood, but since the hood is not worn the zip and buttons that the hood attaches to has been removed. The sleeve openings are finished with a stripe of brown leather binding. A lot has been removed from the original jacket to streamline it to just Bond’s needs.


Underneath the Barbour Bond wears a cashmere round neck jumper by N.Peal in “Blue Wave,” with a brown scarf tucked in to the jumper. And under the jumper Bond wears an off-white, long-sleeve henley shirt. His trousers are dark brown cords—the Corduane Iggy Jeans from All Saints. The wing-tip boots are the Crockett & Jones Islay model in Dark Brown Scotch Grain with Dainite rubber soles.


Barbour, N.Peal and Crockett & Jones are all taking advantage of the Bond connection to advertise their products. For the rest of the items, I thank the collectors at ajb007 for their research. More images will come following the Blu-ray release.

The Modern Button Two Grey Pinstripe Suit

Charcoal Pinstripe Suit

Pierce Brosnan brings back the button two suit in Die Another Day after wearing primarily button three suits in his previous three Bond films. Of the two examples of the style in this film, the first is a beige linen suit and the second is dark grey with light grey pinstripes, which is featured here. This Brioni suit introduces an updated raised button stance, which has become popular over the past ten years. Fashion has since taken this further by raising the jacket hem as well. Brosnan’s jacket has a traditional length, though the higher button stance doesn’t do his increasing waistline any favours. A lower button stance with a longer lapel line is more flattering to Brosnan’s figure. The jacket has slanted pockets with a ticket pocket, four buttons on the cuffs and double vents. The trousers have a darted front—with a rather generous rise compared to what has become of trouser rises over the past decade—and turn-ups.

Charcoal Pinstripe Suit

Brosnan wears the suit with a light blue Brioni shirt that has a wide cutaway collar, front placket and double cuffs. Since he wears the suit twice in the film, each time it’s with a different tie. The first tie is grey with a blue circle motif, and the tie is still available from Turnbull & Asser. The second tie is a pattern of red rectangles on a navy ground (see below). Brosnan wears black shoes with this suit.

Charcoal Pinstripe Suit

Skyfall’s Tab Collar

A tab collar is a point collar with a tab that connects the two sides of the collar underneath the tie. Though tab collar is British in origin, it tends to be shunned by the British these day. Most collars other than the spread and cutaway collars are. The Prince of Wales (Edward) was the first to wear the tab collar, and he wore both pointed and rounded variations. Following its introduction, the tab collar was popular in the 1920s and 1930s. It saw a revival in the 1960s and last saw some popularity during the early 1990s in the United States. Throughout Skyfall, James Bond wears Tom Ford shirts with a tab collar, a first for the character. Bond’s tab collar has a button tab, though more traditional ones fastened with a stud. Some makers in the 1980s and 90s used a snap fastener for the tab. The collar usually has a soft interfacing like a button-down collar so it can curve around the tie. However, Tom Wolfe, who today often wears tab-collar shirts made by Alexander Kabbaz, wears a tall, stiff tab collar like some of the originals were. Some tab collars can take collar stays for a stiffer look, though Bond keeps his soft with an elegant roll.

The tab collar does more to frame the tie than to frame the face. They work best with the classic four-in-hand knot because of its small size. The collar pushes the knot and the whole tie out from the neck and body to create an elegant arch. The similar pinned collar achieves the same goal. A collar pin is much flashier, a style we often saw on Pierce Brosnan in the early Remington Steele episodes. The biggest disadvantage to the tab collar is that it can’t be worn without a tie. But in Skyfall, Bond always keeps his tie on to preserve the tab collar’s neat appearance.

The Skyfall Grey Pick-and-Pick Suit

Skyfall Pick and Pick Suit

Skyfall opens with Bond wearing a black and white pick-and-pick suit from Tom Ford. Also known as sharkskin, this semi-solid pattern woven in an even twill weave looks like tiny steps going up the suit. We’ve seen the pick-and-pick suit on Bond before, in From Russia with Love and in The World is Not Enough. As opposed to a solid medium grey, which can look very flat, the pick-and-pick is far more interesting. This is one of four excellent cloths that costume designer Jany Temime chose the suits in Skyfall. The opening sequence is full of action and a suit is quite impractical for the scene. We don’t know why Bond is wearing a suit, for any other reason than being James Bond.


The pick-and-pick (sharkskin) pattern

The jacket has a very close fit with a length that comes short of covering his behind, a very fashionable look for the past few years. The shoulders are straight but narrow. Bond keeps the jacket open since the tight fit makes the action sequences difficult, but it looks better open instead of binding when closed. Some jackets were made with longer sleeves for when Bond is on a motorcycle, so when his arms are extended it doesn’t look like his sleeves ride up. It buttons three down the front and matches with three buttons on the cuffs, and Bond leaves the last button open. The flapped pockets are on a shallow slant and the back of the jacket has a single vent. The trousers have a flat front with side adjusters, though it looks like they tend to slip down. They are cut with a narrow leg and a low rise, and the bottoms have turn ups. The hem is very short, but because the trousers are narrow and he’s wearing a boot they still break.

Bond wears a white Tom Ford shirt with a tab collar, placket and double cuffs. The Tom Ford tie has a complex black and silver check pattern that resembles a grenadine weave. The narrow tie is tied in a four-in-hand knot, which fits very nicely in the tab collar. Bond wears a folded white handkerchief in his breast pocket.


Bond’s boots are the Crockett & Jones Tetbury model, a black calf, two-eyelet chukka boot with a Dainite sole. Chukka boots, even in black, are too informal to wear with a suit and would be better worn with a sports coat or a casual ensemble. But Bond has always been one to wear casual footwear with his worsted suits, as Fleming prescribed moccasins for Bond in his novels. Chukka boots have a similar level of formality to moccasin-style slip-ons, though both are equally incongruous with a worsted suit.

In the scene pictured above, Bond does what Bond does and adjusts his cuff after getting shook up. But it looks like other parts of his outfit could use a bit more adjustment.


Midnight Blue Dinner Suit in Macau in Skyfall

Skyfall Dinner Suit

You don’t need to have seen Skyfall to have gotten a good look at the Skyfall dinner suit. Daniel Craig has already worn his midnight blue Tom Ford O’Connor dinner suit in plenty of other appearances, such as the Olympic opening ceremony and in a pre-taped sketch for Saturday Night Live. On all the Skyfall posters the dinner suit looks like a bright navy, but the photos on the posters have been enhanced and doctored. The dinner suit doesn’t look nearly so bright in the film, even in the daylight scenes, and it is certainly in the range of classic midnight blue and not light navy. In the casino’s yellow lighting it looks blacker than black does under that lighting, and actual black would come out looking somewhere between brown and green. The cloth has a bit of a sheen that suggests mohair.

Skyfall Dinner Suit

The dinner jacket is very closely fitted and just a bit too short, providing the fashionable “iconic for 2012” look that costume designer Jany Temime aimed for, as she mentioned to the Associated Press. The shoulders are straight and narrow with roped sleeveheads. It’s a traditional button one with a shawl collar, faced in black satin silk. Also in black satin silk are the buttons and pocket jettings. The dinner jacket has three buttons on the cuffs and a single vent, a first for Bond on a dinner jacket. I’m not sure the reason why a single vent was chosen; it’s too sporty for semi-formal wear and it’s really only something Americans do. It’s the only non-traditional detail in the outfit. The trousers have a traditional fit with a long rise and tapered legs, as opposed to the tight-fitting, low-rise trousers on the regular lounge suits in the film. The trousers have plain hems.

Skyfall Dinner Suit

The Tom Ford dress shirt is cotton voile with a pique bib, collar and cuffs. The shirt has a spread collar, double cuffs and a plain front that closes with shanked mother of pearl buttons that look like studs. The cufflinks match the studs. Craig wears a black grosgrain—with the ribs lengthwise, and it clashes with the satin trimmings on the dinner jacket—bow tie in a batwing shape, a black satin cummerbund and a folded white linen handkerchief in his breast pocket. The trousers are held up with white moire braces, though the trousers have side adjusters as well. The shoes are black calf plain-toe wholecuts, the Crockett & Jones Alex. One example of this suit was sold at Christie’s on 5 October 2012 for £46,850 as part of “FIfty Years of James Bond: The Auction.” The dinner suit up for auction was labelled size 48F (equal to a US/UK 38R), even though it was bespoke.

Skyfall Dinner Suit

On a Plane to Meet the President in a Charcoal Flannel Three-Piece Suit in Goldfinger

Goldfinger Charcoal FlannelThe final scene of Goldfinger features Sean Connery in his second three-piece suit of the series, a charcoal grey woolen flannel. Bond believes he’s on his way to meeting the President of the United States, giving Bond a reason to wear the added formality of a waistcoat. A flannel suit is also comfortable for an flight, since it’s both comfortably soft and warm. The suit is the usual Anthony Sinclair suit, a button two with natural shoulders and a full chest. The jacket is detailed with four buttons on the cuffs, jetted pockets and no vent. The buttons are made of dark grey horn.

The waistcoat has six buttons with five to button. The inside of waistcoat and the sleeves share the same navy and white striped lining. The trousers are cut with double forward pleats and have button side adjusters and plain hems.

Connery wears shirt in white with a faint broken grey stripe that has a spread collar, front placket and double cuffs with rounded corners, and he wears a black knitted silk tie tied in a four-in-hand knot. The knitted tie is too casual for this dark three-piece suit, and not appropriate for a meeting with the president. A black grenadine tie like Connery usually wears in his other Bond films would go better with the suit and for the occasion. His shoes are black.

Goldfinger Charcoal Flannel

This suit is very similar to the next suit Bond wears, featured in Thunderball‘s pre-title sequence. The Thunderball suit differs most obviously by having a straight bottom to the waistcoat and turn-ups on the trousers.

Arrival in Cortina d’Ampezzo in For Your Eyes Only

Cortina Shearling Blouson

Bond arrives in Cortina d’Ampezzo in For Your Eyes Only wearing a very warm shearling blouson, similar to a flight jacket. The outside is light brown suede sheepskin and the inside is brown lambswool, which shows when the collar is folded over. The jacket has a zip front, two pockets on the front, and brown ribbed cuffs and hem. Underneath the blouson Bond wears a bronze cashmere polo neck jumper with ribbed cuffs and a ribbed hem. His trousers are fawn cavalry twill wool with a flat front and straight legs.

Cortina Shearling Blouson