by Sheila James
Nobody does it better or looks as great as James Bond. It is part of the Bond movie appeal to see well-dressed handsome men in this iconic role. I thought I would share thoughts on some of my favorite pieces of wardrobe. The first three Bond actors display a classic look that catches this female’s adoring eyes.
For Sean Connery, I love nearly all of his wardrobe in the film “Goldfinger”. A standout is the three-piece suit made by Anthony Sinclair Bond wears in Kentucky while overhearing Goldfinger’s plan. A description from the website “The Suits of James Bond” states that “it is not a solid light grey but a fine glen check in dark grey and white.” The suit is set off by a dark tie and the white shirt shows just the right amount of cuff. A white linen handkerchief completes the look. There’s even a blog on the website about the attempt to replicate this suit for Steven Spielberg’s 2002 movie Catch Me if You Can. In the film, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character watches Goldfinger and decides to get the “exact same suit that Connery wore in the movie.” Only, The Suits of Bond points out that it actually isn’t the same suit.
Stepping it up a notch, Sean Connery wears a classic 1960’s tuxedo in the pre-title with white dinner jacket with peaked lapels, single button closure and black trousers, topped off with a red carnation. The tuxedo is complemented by a white shirt with a white satin stripe. Having just transitioned from the water to land, Connery appears debonair and leaves this female shaken and stirred. This look will be used again by Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and by Daniel Craig in “Spectre”.
The one outfit from “Goldfinger” that makes me respond “You must be joking” is the blue terry one piece and the one that is a “Grand Slam” is the Anthony Sinclair suit.
George Lazenby, a former model, looks great in all of his wardrobe in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. OH WHAT HE DOES TO ME. With suits made by Dimi Major, he becomes a debonair James Bond. The white suit he wears when he arrives at the Hotel Palacio is wonderfully tailored and George looks like he is on a fashion show runway. A notable exception of something looking out of date is the ruffle shirt that accompanies the tuxedo the star wears in the casino. But for this female fan, George looks gorgeous. Indubitably! If any of the outfits leave me saying that his tailor “had a lot of guts” is the golf outfit. I don’t dislike it but I choose it as my least favorite. George looks great in the turtleneck and it is a casual outfit for a golf game. The beige jacket and pants together are just okay. The one that certainly “lives up to my usual high standards” is the tuxedo Mr. Lazenby wears in the casino. It is my absolute favorite.
Roger Moore was a one time model and had movie star good looks. He looks exceptionally cool in “Live and Let Die” wearing a dark turtleneck and appearing ready for covert operations. In his debut Bond film he is young, fit, and ready to take down the villain. My favorite tuxedo worn by Roger Moore to me was in “The Spy Who Loved Me”. The jacket is a midnight blue six button with two to close and has two peaked lapels and no vents. As Bond and Anya fight off Jaws, Roger keeps his gun at the ready. He is the well dressed hero. A close second is the white tuxedo he wears in “Octopussy”. Which pieces Roger’s wardrobe do I think would have “outraged tailors”? That would be the clown suit in Octopussy. I know he needed a disguise to get into the circus but it is my least favorite.
Agent 009 was undercover as a clown at the beginning of the film and I do like that Roger in a clown suit bookends that scene. I want to see Roger’s handsome face and not under clown makeup. Which of his outfits reaches an “All time high” with me? The tuxedo from TSWLM. Roger was the handsome hero and was the best at the poses that can be seen during the title song of “Nobody Does It Better”.
article by Sheila James