The Los Angeles Times has a long but excellent article on the new wardrobe 007 in Quantum of Solace,Â theÂ latest James Bond movie. Ditching Brioni, Bond now has Tom Ford as his custom tailor. That helps to explain the aboveÂ three-piece suit, a style Ford has tried to re-popularize in recent years. While a three-piece is appropriate now that theÂ franchise is looking back to its early years (e.g., Sean Connery wore one in Goldfinger), it’s a shame that the vestÂ was cut so voluminously and short. Also, Connery’s Bond knew not toÂ fasten the bottom button.
In any case,Â Ford, acting like a sartorial Q,Â at least gave Bond some tricks up his pants:
one of Bond’s coolest secret weapons this time around is a small button tab inside the cuff of each trouser leg that never has a second of screen time, and whose sole purpose is to keep 007’s pant legs precisely where they should be
Izzy has never before heard of such a thing, and is curious how it works. Another interesting tidbit from the article is that the costume designer
desperately wanted to source a very specific, very expensive suiting fabric known as “mohair tonic,” a wool-cashmere blend with a subtle sheen not unlike that of a subdued sharkskin suit. “It was extremely popular in the ’60s; all the Mods and all the wannabe Bonds wore it,” she said. “I’m sure Sean Connery would have worn it at least once.” According to a Ford rep, when a sufficient quantity could not be found, the Tom Ford team developed the proprietary fabric to specification in its Italian mills (and cloaked in Bond-worthy industrial secrecy, she declined to identify the specific mill).
NoteÂ that the costume designer does not say that BondÂ himself ever wore such shiny fabric, which, whatever its merits,Â hasÂ never been considered high class.