By Martin Montagio, Montagio Custom Tailoring. Published 23 Oct 2011
Section: Style Star
The suits seen in Bond films range from bespoke Saville Row suits ($3000-$8000) by Antony Sinclair for Sean Connery in 1962's Dr No, to designer suits by Brioni (around $5000) made for Daniel Craig in 2006's Casino Royale, or suits by Tom Ford ($4000-$5000) made for Daniel Craig in 2008's Quantam of Solace.
Whether you choose Saville Row bespoke or designer, in both cases one would have to spend at least $3000 to $5000 to get the same look. Unless you are willing to part with that sort of cash, Montagio can help you achieve the James Bond look with a 2 Piece Custom Tailored Men's Suit for substantially less cost!
James Bond's suits are usually solid colours - plain blacks (especially for his tuxedos), greys and midnight blues.
There were also some plaids (otherwise known as Prince of Wales or Glen Checks) worn by Sean Connery.
However Connery's Bond famously wore the Grey suit often and in different variations and shades.
Connery also wore some cream suits in later Bond movies - Diamonds are Forever (1971) and then Never Say Never Again (1983).
However Connery wasn't the first Bond to wear cream...
George Lazenby broke Bond convention with the Cream linen suit he wore in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The suit has a more tapered waist, shorter jacket length, slanted pockets, and flat front trousers - a very modern look! This is ironic considering the movie dates back to 1969 - proof that fashion trends do come back in style eventually.
Then Pierce Brosnan followed suit (excuse the pun) with his Cream linen suit in The World Is Not Enough (1999).
Roger Moore was probably the most business-like of all the Bonds, sometimes opting for pinstripe and chalk-stripe suits - e.g. The Man With the Golden Gun (1974). Even going double-breasted on some occasions - but he pulls it off remarkably well. One would argue that he was made to wear suits, not the other way around!
Probably the most recent and most popular look is Daniel Craig's look from Quantam of Solace - reason being that it is the most modern suit design and cut, and is a very versatile suit that can be worn as a dinner suit / tuxedo ensemble, or as a business suit. It is the simple Black Suit.
Here's how to achieve the look.
Even in 1973's Live and Let Die with Roger Moore, there is a scene with a tailor's visit to Bond's hotel suite for a fitting. The Jacket is still in mid-construction and is made with a single vent, but Bond does not like it and reminds the tailor, "don't forget the double vents."
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