January 2015 saw the release of Kingsman: The Secret Service – an action/comedy film based on a fictional bespoke tailor on Savile Row called Kingsman (strong first syllable!) 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 which he daydreamed about pulling on a hook on one of the walls and it opening a secret door.
The heritage of the English gentleman spy extends way beyond Bond – to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (also staring 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.