The Goldfinger Suit

Goldfinger-Suit

Let’s go back to Goldfinger and take a look at everyone’s favourite, the grey and white glen check, 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 glen check 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 natural, 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.

Goldfinger Glen Plaid

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.

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A close-up of the glen check cloth

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.

17 thoughts on “The Goldfinger Suit

  1. Perfection. simply perfection. too bad none of the other Bond actors were able to achieve this level of timeless style.

    This is one of my favorite office combos (sans waistcoat) though I sometimes substitute a pale blue shirt.

  2. Wonderful post, thank you. This is absolutely my favourite suit of any Bond film, and just looks classic in every shot it's in. I'd love to copy this suit myself, so thanks for all the useful info.

  3. Thank goodness we have a custom tailor in Kansas City. I’ve had one of these built (as per the specs from this website) and plan to wear it at a Kentucky Derby party at the Kansas City Club.

  4. I have just had mine made by Anthony Sinclair, I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this suit really is!!!! It is beautiful to look at and sublime to wear.
    I also had a shirt made, incredible!! When I put the shirt and suit on, it felt as if everything I have ever purchased and worn has NEVER fitted me.
    Please, if you want an exceptional suit and or shirt, definitely and I mean DEFINITELY buy from Anthony Sinclair!

  5. What’s the closest off-the-rack approximation of this suit that anyone has purchased or seen for sale? Thanks.

  6. Upon reviewing the film last evening, I couldn’t help but note that the suit jacket for this ensemble runs rather on the short side (by 1 or 2cm) of what is usually claimed as traditional. Yet, the proportions are absolutely spot-on.

    I’m almost tempted to say that someone in the chain of command of the Skyfall suit development made note of this and very poorly translated the shorter cut of the Goldfinger suit into the 2cm-too-short disasters that are Craig’s suits in Skyfall – thinking they were somehow creating a homage to the original.

    -Kurt

  7. I absolutely love this suit.
    I’m trying to get the fabric to let my custom tailor make it for me. Has anybody an idea, where to get the fabric?

    -Stephan

    • Holland and Sherry has a very similar cloth. Make sure it is just black and white or grey and white (which you probably won’t find), and without a coloured overcheck.

    • They are able to make something very similar to the original if you get it bespoke. The Special Order suit is different than Connery’s suit since it has a cleaner chest and shoulder padding, making it look more modern.

  8. I absolutely love this suit!

    My friend and custom tailor Bob from “Gino Suits” made me one of these, wonderful! When ever I am getting out of my car, it gives me a little Bond feeling ;-).
    If it happens, that you are reading this right now Bob, you are the man!
    Thanks so much.

    Did you see the adverts of Prada with Christoph Waltz? They are trying to copy the 1-2 cm too shoort style too, but it never ever looks that great as it does when Sean Connery is wearing it.

  9. Great review with quality detail, thanks.

    Now don’t laugh but I bought myself a suit from Matalan (the UK high street clothes store known for its low prices) for £90. Single breasted, two button, twin vent, ticket pocket and five button cuff in a plain Prince of Wales check wool mix. The trousers are flat fronted (a shame) but narrow enough in the leg with no cuff. I didn’t bother with the waistcoat as it has no lapels. It’s called the Madrid if you want to check it out. I’m not trying to advertise for Matalan, but if your a UK based fan of Bond suits I say it’s well worth looking at.

  10. I just had this suit ,made in Australia by a company called Zinc and Sons. Fabric came from the original supplier in the UK. Just fantastic suit. The service and the fittings all went well but the finished product is just wonderful. The fit is perfect and the suit is a direct copy of the one mage by Anthony Sinclair. Call me Bond!

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