In On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Bond finds a plaid wool ski jacket—or maybe it’s a ski lodge jacket—to wear over his blue ski suit. He wears it both for warmth and to hide from Irma Bunt and Blofeld’s henchmen. A bold plaid isn’t the ideal find for someone who is trying to keep unnoticed. Unlike the clothes Bond finds in Quantum of Solace, this jacket is not a perfect fit. It’s a size too large. The plaid wool is in black, white purple and orange. The jacket appears to have three grey leather-covered buttons on the front, from the top down to the waist. I would have guessed a coat like this would have a fourth button below the waist, but another button could limit movement when skiing since there isn’t a vent. There are also buttoned straps on the sleeves, slash pockets that are good for hand-warming, and a belt in the back. For additional warmth the jacket has a beige quilted lining.
Roger Moore wears a smart casual outfit of a tweed jacket with a polo neck jumper in a fifth series episode of The Saint titled “The Death Game”. The jacket is made in a grey tweed with a small check and is in a button-three cut with a little drape and natural shoulders. It has the trendy 1960s details of narrow lapels, short double vents and single-button cuffs. The open patch pockets allow this jacket to be worn more casually.
The polo neck jumper is made in beige cashmere. The trousers are light grey wool, most likely in a cavalry twill weave. They have a narrow, tapered leg with plain bottoms. The hem is short with no break because of the narrow leg, and to compensate for the short length Moore wears black, short elastic-sided boots. Though black boots go well with grey trousers, brown would be better suited for the country setting and casual nature of the outfit.
Roger Moore wears a warm outfit for climbing up to St. Cyril’s Monastery in For Your Eyes Only. He wear a brown hooded monk’s robe but removes it to reveal a dark blue quilted gilet. The gilet has a zip front and is between waist and hip length. There are navy suede patches on the front of each shoulder. The gilet has two rounded pockets in the middle of the chest that are accessed from either side of the zip, two lower patch pockets and game pouch at the bottom of the back. Barbour makes similar gilets, but this one could have come from any number of retailers.
Under the gilet, Moore wears a chunky wool jumper in a two-tone effect light and dark grey. It has a mock polo neck collar with a rather large opening, since it can be folded down far enough that a shirt collar can stick up over it. The jumper appears to be very warm, though chunky knits aren’t so popular today. The dark blue shirt underneath is looks like one of Frank Foster’s shirts. It has the same large spread collar that all of Roger Moore’s shirts in the 1980s have. The shirt’s colour is close to the gilet’s slightly darker blue.
The shirt and gilet aren’t so dark that they clash with the black corduroy trousers. The trousers have a straight leg and plain hems. The lace-up climbing shoes are medium blue with black soles.
The Foreman of Signals in Dr. No, played by John Hatton, has proven to be a more memorable dresser for other people than he has been for me. After I posted about the new Q’s cardigan, comparisons started to be drawn to this uncredited character who also wears a cardigan and tie. He wears a very basic charcoal cardigan with five buttons and ribbed cuffs, turned back. Under the cardigan he wears a white shirt with brown pencil stripes. The shirt’s wide spread collar provides enough room for the windsor-knotted, solid red-brown tie. He wears charcoal trousers with a light brown belt.
In comparison to the new Q, the Foreman of Signals is dressed much less colourfully. His outfit’s only colour is the dull red-brown tie, whilst Q’s outfit has brown, red and blue. Q’s cardigan follows the current trend for a closer fit, but that also makes him look younger. The Foreman and Q both wear the same half-frame style glasses, though Q’s are black and the Foreman’s are brown.
Skyfall‘s costume designer Jany Temime wanted Q (Ben Whishaw) to look like a young computer nerd, in the style of an “expensive student.” Q dresses in a young, casual and hip fashion, and it reflects the character’s immaturity and cockiness. Nevertheless, he is still fashionable in the “geek chic” style. Whishaw’s most memorable outfit features a light brown wool Dries Van Noten V-neck cardigan. It has the zip front, slash side pockets and ribbed bands across the shoulders and down the upper arm, and down the forearm. The continuous collar and fly has a dark blue and red stripe.
Q’s shirt is white with light grey pencil stripes and has a spread collar and double cuffs. His dark blue knitted tie from Zara is tied in a four-in-hand knot. Q’s trousers are a gingham check with dark blue and maroon, picking up the colours of the cardigan’s color. The dark blue suede chukka boots further reflect the blue found in every piece of this outfit except the shirt. The boots’ tan rubber soles roughly match the cardigan.
My 400th post features yet another one the many blousons that Roger Moore wore in his 1980′s James Bond films. The navy zip-front blouson in Octopussy has a shirt-type collar and shirt-type button cuffs. The front has a welt pocket on each side of the chest and patch pockets below with buttoned flaps. The back of the jacket is made with a yoke and two pieces, which gather at the waistband at the bottom. It looks like there are two extra pieces to the back on either side of the centre, but those are probably pleats that have been sewn shut down the back from the yoke to the waistband. The flat front navy trousers have on-seam side pockets and at least one welt pocket on the back, on the right. Though both the blouson and trousers are navy, they don’t perfectly match. The trousers are most likely cotton drill, but the blouson could also be the same.
The lightweight white shirt is made by Frank Foster in the same style as the formal shirts in the film, and it has a spread collar, button cuffs and a front placket. Moore wears his usual black slip-on shoes, which are a very odd choice for the assault on Kamal Khan’s palace. The stuntman wears lace-up shoes, which Moore should have been wearing too.
After a dive in For Your Eyes Only, Bond takes another unexpected dive in a dark blue, fitted, V-neck T-shirt and stone (light beige) cotton trousers. We had never before seen Bond in a T-shirt, but the reason why he’s wearing one here is because he was probably already wearing it under his yellow diving suit. The flat-front trousers have slanted side pockets and a button-through rear pocket on the right. The trousers have belt loops but no belt in them. Bond starts off the scene wearing blue espadrilles, but he’s barefoot after he is pulled into the water.
Daniel Craig wears two different black cardigans in Casino Royale, but right now we’re just going to look at the second appearance of the second cardigan in the film. This is a black wool cardigan with four buttons on the front. It has a ribbed shawl collar that continues down the front into a sort of placket. The cuffs and hem are ribbed and elasticised. Under the cardigan, Craig wears white V-neck T-shirt and beige cotton trousers. Overall it’s a great casual outfit for a nice day when there’s a pleasant cool breeze. Craig takes this outfit up a notch in Quantum of Solace when he replaces the white t-shirt with a more refined white dress shirt.