MOORE OF A BOND. To commemorate the loss of actor Sir Roger Moore, we look back at the legacy of style he left behind as the iconic British spy, James Bond
Starring in a total of seven James Bond movies, Roger Moore has made a name for himself in history as the longest running actor to play the secret agent. In the span of time he played the role of 007, Moore introduced a charming yet humorously cheeky approach to that specific role. Not only bringing a totally different insight to how an action hero should be portrayed, he also gave the role a suave style that eventually influenced the men’s fashion world. To honor the late actor, we look back at how his style as James Bond paved the way for men’s fashion.
Roger Moore was known to design his own wardrobe when starring in the TV series “The Persuaders,” and this personal sense of style was what he brought to the role of James Bond. No stranger to the suit styling of Savile Row, Moore brought with him his personal tailors Douglas Hayward and Cyril Castle to give the secret agent a more tailored look. Because of this, Bond’s classic tuxedos were updated to feature jackets with broad peak lapels that became all the craze of the ’70s.
When not dressed up, which was often the case in action flicks, Moore still did his best to dress Bond in something stylish, by adorning light suits and other simple yet stylish looks such as turtlenecks and nicely fitted polo shirts. When he wasn’t topless wooing the ladies, that is. With Moore at the helm of the Bond Franchise, he slightly influenced Bond to be less of a secret agent and seem somewhat more of an exotic adventurer, reintroducing the safari jacket, something Yves Saint Laurent had introduced a decade earlier, but made popular again thanks to its appearance in “Man with the Golden Gun.”
Although Sean Connery was the first Bond to be seen in a white jacket tuxedo, many say that Roger Moore perfected the look. First seen wearing a white double-breasted jacket in his second “James Bond” movie, he carried on the look until his last feature “A View to a Kill.” This was not only the last time we saw Moore reprise the role of Bond, but also the last time we ever see Bond stylishly don a white tux. Something we believe the next bond should learn to do.
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