The Top 20 Best Bond Suits of All Time

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James Bond is Britain’s most most famous male style icon, and to celebrate 50 years of superspy superstyle, and the release of Skyfall, King & Allen co-founder, Adam King, gives you the top 20 Bond suits of all time.

So pay attention 007…

James Bond - From Russia with Love - Flannel Chalkstripe Suit

TEN

Number 10 in our countdown is a flannel chalkstripe, featured in From Russia With Love. A rare example of James Bond wearing heavy weight cloth, and an even rarer example of a bold pinstripe.

Yet despite being 49 years old, this suit has not dated in the slightest (which is more than we can say for the wallpaper and the phone!)

NINE

This suit caused a huge stir when Quantum of Solace first came out and it is still hugely popular to this day.  This is not surprising really, since every gentleman should own a two button navy blue suit in a worsted wool – just like this one.

If 007 happens to wear it as well, then all the better. The suit had such an effect that it inspired an article written by King & Allen – How to dress like James Bond.

James Bond - Quantum of Solace - Navy Blue Suit
James Bond - On her Majesty's Secret Service - Wedding Suit

EIGHT

I wasn’t expecting On Her Majesty’s Secret Service to feature in this list, but then I found this stunning wedding suit.

This a really interesting variation on traditional morning dress. Instead, George Lazenby wears a perfectly fitted black suit jacket with notched lapels. The result is a look that sits perfectly in-between lounge suit and formal attire, making it perfect for a wedding. The ice white tie, white shirt and white flower add to the sense of special occasion.

To perfectly compliment this look you really need Diana Rigg on your arm, circa 1969.

SEVEN

It was extremely hard to pick just one suit from Goldfinger – so I didn’t. This hacking jacket was back in the news earlier this year because Harris Tweed have re-released the design.

James Bond - Goldfinger - Hacking Jacket
James Bond - Tomorrow Never Dies - Royal Naval Uniform

SIX

The only suit on this list that King & Allen won’t be able to make for you; we love this Royal Naval uniform from Tomorrow Never Dies.  Strangely, if you were to remove the regalia, the cut of this high gorge double breasted jacket wouldn’t look out of place on the most recent catwalks for Spring/Summer 2013. A word of warning, however: whilst the heavy cloth helps keep the line crisp, you need to be in really good shape to ensure the jacket keeps it’s smooth, clean lines.

The rest of Piers Brosnan’s suits were made in Italy and showed Bond at his most conservative. Predominantly dark grey, and predominantly 3 button, none had enough wow factor to feature on this list.

FIVE

Whoever coined the expression, ‘Never wear brown in town’, had clearly never watched Thunderball.

The cut of this suit is perfect: the shoulders are smooth and straight, the lapels are slightly rolling and the jacket tapers so well at the waist that it holds its shape despite the button being undone – beautiful! The 6 button waistcoat and matching chocolate brown tie are the perfect compliment. If I had to predict a suit to come back into fashion in the next year, it would look like this.

James Bond - Thunderball - Brown Suit
James Bond - Dr No - Dinner Suit

FOUR

It is impossible to tell whether the shawl collar DJ would have survived as well as it has, if it weren’t for James Bond. This is the moment  from Dr No when 007 introduces himself for the first time with the immortal words  “Bond, James Bond”, and so began an association that continues to this very day.

THREE

This is a promo shot for Skyfall, showing exactly the same suit, but in a stunning midnight blue. If you’re planning on buying a dinner suit this winter – this should be the one.

James Bond - Skyfall - Dinner Suit
James Bond - The Man with the Golden Gun - White Linen Double-Breasted Suit

TWO

It’s linen, it’s white and it’s double breasted – what is there not to love about Roger Moore’s dinner suit from The Man with the Golden Gun. He’s not everyone’s favourite, but Moore embodied debonair like no one before or since, earning this suit it’s place at number 2.

ONE

If the shawl collar DJ from Dr No is the peoples’ favourite, the ‘Goldfinger suit’ is the tailor’s favourite. Created by Anthony Sinclair in a very faint Prince of Wales (or ‘Glen Urquhart’) check, this is his famous ‘Conduit Cut’ at it’s very finest.

The reason this suit has gained such immortality is that it is a rare example of a style that has character, but hasn’t dated. It looks good in any environment: the office, a wedding or a day at the races, sharing a cocktail with Pussy Galore.

James Bond - Goldfinger - Glen Check Suit

And so to the best of the rest. 20 down to 11… The ones that didn’t quite make it.

James Bond - The Spy who Loved Me - Flared Suit

TWENTY

The Spy who Loved Me

Why didn’t it make the top 10?

Because a suit with flares is never going to make the top 10, but the cut of that navy blue blazer is perfect, as are those gold buttons.

NINETEEN

The Man with the Golden Gun

Why didn’t it make the top 10?

I love this jacket and would wear it daily, but it isn’t ‘James Bond’ enough to make the grade.

James Bond - The Man with the Golder Gun - Check Jacket
James Bond - Roger Moore Promo Shot

EIGHTEEN

Roger Moore promo shot

Why didn’t it make the top 10?

With the hair, the eyebrows and  the fabric of this dinner suit, there’s only so much silky lustre one can handle.

SEVENTEEN

Goldfinger

Why didn’t it make the top 10?

Because there’s only space for one white dinner suit in a Top 10 – and that space belongs to Roger Moore.

James Bond - Goldfinger - White Suit
James Bond - Pierce Brosnan Promo Shot

SIXTEEN

Pierce Brosnan Promo shot

Why didn’t it make the top 10?

Because, to be honest, it’s a little boring.

FIFTEEN

Skyfall

Why didn’t it make the top 10?

Because it already features so heavily our Bond Special of the King & Allen newsletter, ‘The Stitch.’

James Bond - Skyfall - Tom Ford Suit
James Bond - Goldfinger - Blue Suit

FOURTEEN

Goldfinger

Why didn’t it make the top 10?

Because there were already too many fantastic suits from Goldfinger!

THIRTEEN

Goldfinger

Why didn’t it make the top 10?

Because despite being AMAZING, it is, nevertheless, a playsuit made from blue toweling, secured with a gold buckle. It, therefore, has no place in an article about suits.

James Bond - Goldfinger - Toweling Playsuit
James Bond - The Living Daylights - Dinner Suit

TWELVE

The Living Daylights

Why didn’t it make the top 10?

Because, sadly, nothing Timothy Dalton wore ever fitted him very well. It may have been the ‘80s, but Bond should have known better, as the shoulders on this DJ bear witness.

ELEVEN

Ernst Blofeld

Why didn’t he make the top 10?

Because he’s not a Bond. However, Blofeld deserves a mention anyway because when Kim Jong-il copies your suits, you know you’ve perfected the ‘Evil’ look.

James Bond - Ernst Blofeld

I hope you enjoyed the list. My apologies if any of my Bond facts are incorrect. I know there are some true Bond aficionados out there who may have spotted mistakes.

In your honour, here’s Alan Partridge’s classic, ‘Stop getting Bond wrong!” speech.

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