Lazenby in Black Tie

George Lazenby Dinner Suit

September 5th was George Lazenby’s 73rd birthday. In honour of that let’s look Lazenby’s peak-lapel dinner suit by Dimi Major. The dark, single-breasted, peak-lapel dinner suit is Lindy Hemming’s preference for Bond, and that’s what she always dressed Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig in for the five films she worked on. But before GoldenEye, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was the only time Bond wore this style. Otherwise, his peak-lapel had all either been double-breasted or white, or both. Lazenby’s dinner suit is probably midnight blue, and that’s practically confirmed by the dinner jacket’s dark blue lining. The dinner jacket naturally buttons 1, and it has a clean chest and natural shoulders and is fitted through the waist. It is cut a bit short, following late 60′s trends. The jacket is detailed with double vents, 3 buttons on the cuffs and jetted pockets. The trousers have a darted front, a black satin stripe down each leg, button side-adjusters and a lower-than-traditional rise. The overall cut of this dinner suit is very similar to what Daniel Craig will be wearing in Skyfall, though none of the fashionable aspects are taken to the extreme. The jacket is closely fitted without being so tight that is creases. The jacket is shorter to lengthen the legs, but not so short as to draw attention. And the trousers have a lower rise, but not so low that the shirt is exposed below the jacket’s button. Lazenby’s dinner suit is tastefully fashionable and would look just as fashionable today as it did 43 years ago.

George Lazenby Dinner Suit

Lazenby wears the dinner suit three times in the film, with at least two different ruffled-front shirts from Frank Foster. I’ll discuss the shirts in more detail later. He wears a black satin silk thistle-shaped bow tie that matches the lapels. That’s probably done more for the filming and less for the character. He follows Connery’s tradition of not wearing a waist-covering. When we first see Lazenby, he is wearing a black trilby with his dinner suit, a slightly informal hat for black tie.

George Lazenby Dinner Suit

11 thoughts on “Lazenby in Black Tie

  1. Except for the flat-front pants, this is the platonic ideal of a dinner suit (Lazenby’s build doesn’t hurt, either). Pity the ruffled-front shirt is a bit over the top.

  2. There’s maybe a touch more flair from the waist than you’d probably find today. But this is one of my favourite James Bond dinner jackets.

  3. This is a great dinner suit for the most ahtletic of the Bonds. Aside from the ruffled short. That really has no excuse. But the suit is near-perfection and would look great today.

  4. I agree; this suit demonstrates that it’s possible to be fashionable and even a little “edgy” without being constricted in tight, uncomfortable looking clothes.

  5. As others have said, aside from the OTT shirt front, a lovely outfit.

    Am I right in thinking that image of him taking the jacket off suggests that this DJ is double vented?

  6. Observe: This is how to do tailored-not-tight. While the shirt is admittedly shagadelic it’s 1969, and the fit of the suit itself is perfect and quite classic. I agree with your assessment that this suit is so timeless it could easily look as good today as it did then. Though often overlooked, Lazenby had a very impressive wardrobe, and as a result of his modeling background always wore his clothes very well. I often wonder what would have happened to the series had he returned for “Diamonds.”

    • Agree 100%. One thing I have really come to appreciate with Lazenby’s suits is that they are just fashion-forward enough to not be staid, but not too fashionable as in 1979, 1989, or likely 2012 (however much I may like the look) but also somehow remain timeless. That delicate balance differentiates Lazenby’s suits from Sinclair and Hayward on the one side, and Castle and Ford on the other. Brioni though is pretty close to this balance. Lazenby’s youth and model build help of course, as I don’t think any of the other Bonds had this good of a suit-friendly physique.

  7. I often wonder myself what would have happened to the series if Lazenby had returned for DAF. Bond movies probably would have taken a less comedic turn – but then again, a little Roger Moore comedy helped us survive the 1970′s….

  8. Great post, as always. I know your blog only covers clothing, but what do you think of Lazenby’s cigarette case and lighter ? The same as Connery’s ?

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