Dinner at the Eiffel Tower in Midnight Blue


James Bond wears a midnight blue dinner jacket made by Douglas Hayward for dinner at the Eiffel Tower in A View to a Kill. Dinner jackets are only appropriate in the evening but this scene takes place during daylight. Since Bond has just come from the Royal Ascot (which takes place in June) it should be around the time of the summer solstice when the days are longest, thus it may very well be after 6 PM. Since there is ample daylight the dinner jacket looks more blue than black.

The dinner jacket is double-breasted and has four buttons in a keystone formation with the bottom one to close. This is a style that Douglas Hayward often made for his double-breasted jackets, and Bond wears this style in his navy suit in Octopussy. The lower button stance gives Bond easier access to his PPK than a traditional higher-buttoning double-breasted jacket would. The jacket is cut with a slightly draped chest, soft shoulders and roped sleeveheads. The black satin peak lapels have a buttonhole on both sides, and the jacket has flared double vents, straight jetted pockets and four-button cuffs. The dinner jacket’s buttons are black horn. In some shots of the stuntman a blue lining and belted trousers can be seen. But that doesn’t mean that Bond wears a belt with his dinner suit trousers, something typically out of place in formalwear. The midnight blue dinner suit trousers have a black satin stripe down each leg.


The cream dress shirt made by Frank Foster has a spread collar, pleated front, rounded-corner double cuffs and regular mother of pearl buttons down the placket. The black bow-tie is a classic thistle shape.


The contrast between the midnight blue jacket and black silk lapels is evident during daylight, but not as much indoors under artificial light.

This dinner suit sold at Christie’s in South Kensington on 17 September 1998 for £4,600.

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