January 2015 saw the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service. This action/comedy is about a fictional Savile Row tailor that secretly houses the headquarters of an elite spy force.
The story was inspired by director Matthew Vaughn’s own experiences of buying a bespoke suit on Savile Row. During the process, he daydreamed about pulling on a hook on one of the walls, opening a secret door.
The heritage of the English gentleman spy extends way beyond Bond – to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (also starring Colin Firth), The Ipcress File (also starring Michael Caine!), The Avengers and The Saint. By focusing his plot on the quintessentially sartorial super-sleuth, Vaughn has seen an excellent opportunity to outfit his cast in some extremely sharp suits.