Wedding Attire

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For the wedding of James and Tracy Bond, James Bond wears a form of semi-formal day wear called “black lounge,” known to the Americans as a stroller and to the Germans as a Stresemann. It is worn the same way as morning dress except a lounge coat replaces the morning coat (cutaway coat to the Americans). Bond’s coat is most likely black, though there sometimes appears to be a hint of blue. The coat has peak lapels and buttons two. Traditionally this type of jacket has only one button, like the typical morning coat does. The cuffs have 3 buttons and there are double vents at the back.

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The waistcoat is grey and has 6 buttons, and the trousers are in a matching grey. Traditionally trousers worn with this type of outfit are the same as with morning dress: stripeed or checked, only in black, white and grey. Bond’s shirt is white with a spread collar and double cuffs, and the tie is a light blue-grey satin, tied with a Windsor knot. Bond wears black slip-ons, though the traditional shoe would be an cap-toe oxford or balmoral, shoe or boot. Whilst the traditional hat for such an outfit would be a black Homburg or bowler, Bond brings along a black trilby. And since it is his wedding, Bond wears a white carnation in his lapel.

17 thoughts on “Wedding Attire

  1. On a side note, I always thought it was uncanny how similar George Lazenby and Bruce Campbell look. Ive never heard anyone else ever mention it, so as far as Im aware, Im the only who has ever noticed!

  2. This sort of getup may be just the thing for my wedding. Though I'm also considering the morning coat or three piece suit, of course.

  3. For a wedding, I'd recommend traditional morning dress or a black lounge as seen here. If you go with black lounge, it should be a black lounge coat with a 1-button front and peak lapels (like a dinner jacket without the silk trimmings). Waistcoat should be a light colour, like light grey, buff or powder blue, and trousers in a houndstooth check or with "cashmere stripes," the most traditional stripe pattern to wear with morning wear. Shirt should be exactly as seen here: white poplin with a spread collar and double cuffs. The tie should be a check in black, white and/or grey, with a shepard's check in black and white being most traditional.

  4. The cut of the wedding attire in Licence to Kill isn't the problem, and there's nothing dreadful about it. The biggest problem is the morning coat is the wrong colour; it should be dark grey or black. Light grey is only appropriate as part of a morning suit, which this is not. Every part of Bond's outfit in Licence to Kill is of similar value and has no contrast. The wing collar is inappropriate, and it's a fake wing collar at that. And the dress cravat is fake too.

  5. Hi Matt’ I’m getting married this year and like the stroller look like 007. From the blue ray the jacket he wears looks black and his tie looks silver, could it be the case that these are the colours – where did you find out that the jacket was midnight blue and tie light blue?

    • The jacket appears to be midnight and the tie light blue in the Blu-ray as well as the old DVD, and also in a number of photos I’ve seen in print. The two images with this article are from the Blu-ray, and those show a midnight blue jacket and a silvery-blue tie. Midnight blue is a very dark blue and almost black, and the tie is a silvery blue.

  6. I have often read on this blog that Lazenby is a terrible actor, but his tailor is so skillful that everyone can still enjoy OHMSS… Funny. Personnaly, I think Lazenby is just as great as Connery, in a different way of course, and he managed successfully to create another style to distinguish himself from Connery. A style on the screen, another style for the character as well as another style of clothing. Well, I can’t say his tailor is bad… His style is fresh, new, impeccably cut, and yet very British. Another time, as great as Connery’s but very different.
    However… I am a little shocked by the colour of his wedding trousers here -especially when we see it at the end, when he stopped the car. Aren’t they far too light for black lounge ? They look like it’s the same colour as his waistcoat. It’s not as horrible as Dalton’s horrible outfit and colour problem, but I am worried… Wouldn’t Bond be supposed to wear trousers of the colour of Draco’s, or of Q’s, who wear black lounge as well ? Light grey isn’t dark grey, or even medium grey. Even if he wore houndstooth or fine glen plaid trousers, there would be some black in the pattern, so the trousers would look darker… I wonder what is your opinion about it, Matt !

    • I agree that they are too light, but for a summery wedding they don’t look bad. Black-and-white glen plaid trousers would have been better. Black lounge doesn’t have any hard-and-fast rules. Draco and Q are wearing the traditional striped trousers, whilst M is wearing similar trousers to Bond. Lee and Llewelyn were likely wearing clothes from their own wardrobes. I would guess that Llewelyn was wearing the jacket and waistcoat from his own navy worsted flannel suit, and the wardrobe department may have provided the trousers if they weren’t his own. Soon I’ll be writing about one of the other black lounge outfits from the wedding, as well as another morning dress example from the A View to a Kill horserace.

      • Great ! I guess you mean Draco and Zorin’s more formal outfits…
        After seeing the scene again, it was Lee’s outfit that seemed the most out of place to me. Bond, Q, Draco and even all his hitmen wear all black lounge and thus a waistcoat. But M, Bond’s superior, who is supposed to know the rules, wear the least formal outfit. It looks like a resort, sport outfit, a little like a blazer ensemble but the dark navy jacket looks like a suit jacket. And he dons a pair of light grey flannel trousers (suitable with a blazer jacket but not really appropriate for a wedding, I think) and a casual -by the colour- pale yellow shirt while everybody wear white shirts. Very strange and not really correct as an attitude towards the bride and the groom. It’s rather strange to see M and Q together as Q is much more appropriately dressed than his boss here. It’s a pity because I love Lee’s way of dressing as M, he could have worn a stroller with a silver bowtie with white pin dots… Perhaps it was too hot for him to wear a waistcoat… Finally this puzzles me more than Lazenby’s trousers ! :)

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