Let’s go back to Goldfinger and take a look at everyone’s favourite, the grey and white glen plaid, tropical-weight three-piece suit. Bond wore 5 suits in the film but this is the one that everyone remembers most. It’s not a solid light grey but as you can see in the close-up below it is really a fine plaid in dark grey and white. This fabric is woven in a 2×2 hopsack (basket) weave with a high number of ends and picks per inch. A diagram of the fabric can be seen in the illustration below. The jacket is Connery’s usual 2-button with narrow lapels, this time with double vents, straight flapped pockets and a ticket pocket. The cuffs, as usual, close with 4 buttons. The shoulders are padded, the sleeveheads are roped and the chest has a little drape. The trousers have the typical double forward-pleated front with Daks tops. Unlike the suit trousers Bond wore in his first two films, the trousers in Goldfinger are finished with plain bottoms instead of turn-ups.
The waistcoat has 6 buttons, with only 5 to button. The bottom button is placed on the cutaway part so that it cannot possibly be fastened. The waistcoat has notch lapels and 4 welted pockets. The back is made in the same dark grey lining that the rest of the suit in lined in. There is a strap across the back for slight adjustments.
The shirt is white with a spread collar and double cuffs with rounded corners, and the tie is a navy silk knit, the kind with a square bottom. Bond wears a folded white linen handkerchief in his breast pocket. In our next entry we will take a closer look at the 2-eyelet derbies that Bond wears with this suit.