The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here.
Which of the British spies are more stylish? James Bond or the Kingsmen?
Today, we are deciding once and for all who the most stylish British spy is!
Let’s get started!
Round 1. Suits
James Bond's Suits
Throughout Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007, he has had suits designed and tailored for him from the luxury brands Brioni, Tom Ford, Brunello Cucinelli and Massimo Alba.
In Casino Royale, Craig sported suits tailored by Brioni and designed by Lindy Hemming (who had been the costume designer for all of Pierce Brosnan’s 007 movies). These suits had very strong straight padded shoulders which gave the suits a very “Roman” feel to them which is very distinct and quite common in Brioni suits.
The suits also had medium-sized notch lapels, a suppressed waist, three buttons with a medium-high stance, a two-button roll over the top button, four cuff buttons, flap pockets, and a single or double vent. The one exception would be the suit Bond wears in the Bahamas which is a linen suit with medium width peak lapels.
His jacket pants included belt loops, wide straight legs, and turn-ups at the bottom. In the final scene of Casino Royale, he wore a three-piece suit with his waistcoat having six buttons and two pockets.
The suits in the film vary in colors and patterns on the fabric including light grey linen, grey pinstripe, charcoal blue and navy pinstripe.
In Quantum of Solace, Craig’s tailor changed to the more fashionable Tom Ford. With this move, the costume designer, Louise Frogley made many changes to the tailoring for the film.
The standard suits, named the “Regency,” had less pronounced shoulders which gave the suits a much more contemporary look. The jackets still included a medium width notch lapel which was rolled to achieve the three-roll-two button look on the jackets.
They had a much leaner chest, suppressed waist, a ticket pocket, straight, flap pockets and a five-button cuff with the last button left open. The jackets also had double vents.
The pants were flat fronted with a medium rise, narrow straight legs, and turn-ups on the bottoms again. The colors and patterns used in the film included navy pinstripe, midnight blue, brown and charcoal.
In Skyfall, Spectre and No Time to Die, Craig continued with the use of Tom Ford with a few notable exceptions.
Skyfall brought on a different costume designer named Jany Temime (who also did the costuming for 6 of the Harry Potter films) and a new style of jacket from Tom Ford called the “O’Connor.” This is the film that brought in a much tighter fit for his suits. The film came out in 2012 and the fit of suits shows this.
The most notable change to the suit from Quantum to Skyfall is the fit. The suit jackets had much more natural and narrow straight shoulders with narrow notch lapels, a much leaner chest, three buttons with the lapels rolled to just below the top button, a very suppressed waist, slanted pockets with flaps, a three-button cuff and a single vent in the back.
The trousers for these suits had a similar design to the Quantum trousers in that they have a flat front, slide-buckle adjusters instead of belt loops, a medium-low rise and turn-ups at the bottom.
The biggest difference with the trousers in Skyfall is that they featured the narrow, straight legs from Quantum but much, much closer to the leg. They almost look like they are “skinny” legged pants.
While the fit of the suits became very tight, the colors and patterns used became much more diverse and interesting. This film had a classic grey pick-and-pick suit, a dark glen check suit, a charcoal-grey rope stripe suit and a dark navy herringbone suit.
Spectre continued with costume designer Jany Temime and Tom Ford as the main supplier for suits. The one exception is the Brunello Cucinelli blazer Bond wears. The Tom Ford suits continued with the same model of jacket named the “O’Connor” and added a new jacket called the “Windsor.”
The “Windsor” is much more in line with the kind of jackets Tom Ford wears in his personal life. This jacket has straight shoulders with minimal padding, wide peaked lapels, a lean chest, suppressed waist, two buttons, a ticket pocket with flap, straight pockets with flaps, a five-button cuff and a single vent in the back.
The trousers style remained the same as well and kept in line with the very tight fit that started in Skyfall. Bond wore a three-piece suit with the jacket style of the “Windsor” with a vest including six buttons leaving the bottom button open.
Spectre continued with amazing cloths used for the suits including a blue prince of wales, a black herringbone (the three-piece), a grey herringbone stripe, navy sharkskin, and a dark charcoal check jacket.
The Cucinelli blazer worn in the desert is a slight departure from the Tom Ford standard in the film.
The jacket is a light brown wool, linen and silk blend which is very different. It also featured an unstructured look with very soft shoulders and a quarter lining to the jacket. This gave the jacket a much more relaxed look and made it stand out in Bond’s wardrobe.
No Time to Die brings a new costume designer in Suttirat Anne Larlarb. Tom Ford has returned in the film to do the majority of the suiting with the exception of one suit being designed by Massimo Alba.
The design of the suits from Tom Ford is very similar to the “O’Connor” again.
The slight differences actually improve the fit in the film and it is no longer extremely tight as in the previous two films.
This is a welcome change and the suits seen look much better on Bond.
The suits we’ve seen from Tom Ford have included a grey Prince of Wales and a blue Prince of Wales check suit.
The suit from Massimo Alba is a beige corduroy suit worn at the beginning of the film. This suit is very lightly structured with soft, natural shoulders and a half lining. It also features a three-roll two button set up however Bond decides to fasten the first two buttons. This is allowed however does look a little strange in a suit like this.
The suit also has straight flap pockets, a ticket pocket, double vents and four buttons on the cuffs. The pants are straight-legged with belt loops.
The suits in Daniel Craig’s run as James Bond have really been a master class on different types and cloths to use in suits. Many of the suits harken back to the 1960s and show a very diverse collection of suits. While the fit in Skyfall and Spectre is questionable, Craig has the body to pull it off.
Right off the bat, the Kingsmen’s suiting in their two films is much more streamlined. While Bond likes to experiment more and change up his look, the Kingsmen prefer to stick to what works for them.
Costume designer Arianne Philips worked with Mathew Vaughn to design all of the clothes and suits in both films. Philips has had quite a career designing for Tom Ford in both of his films and for the recent film Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.
Martin Nicholls London made all the suits for the movie’s principal cast and gave their designs to Mr. Porter to resell to the general public.
Harry and Eggsy both wear identically tailored suits in both films. The suits are double-breasted with six buttons. The top two buttons on both sides are nonfunctional and are there to bring balance to the jacket and to bring out the wearer’s chest. The shoulders are straight with very little padding.
They include peak lapels in the medium-wide width which is traditional. The lapels also feature lapel holes on both sides which brings more balance to the jackets and reminds me of the old school tailoring of Humphrey Bogart.
The jackets also have four-button cuffs, straight flap pockets and side vents on the back. The pants for the suits are much more modern than the jackets. They have a flat front and straight cut.
The pants are nowhere near as tight as Bond’s and allow for adequate movement while in a fight without looking untailored on the wearer.
The styles worn in both movies include a navy chalk stripe, a charcoal chalk stripe, grey whipcord, and a light grey Glen Plaid check style.
The suits in Kingsman are much more streamlined – as is much of their fashion.
The double-breasted jacket is something that will stand out today in the world of single-breasted jackets.
I have to call it a tie. Bond explores so many options and always looks fresh in his suits even though the tailoring can be questionable at times while the Kingsmen stick to their tried and true suit style that is timeless.
Bond: 1 – Kingsman: 1
Round 2: Black-Tie
James Bond's Black-Tie
In Casino Royale, Bond wore a black dinner jacket made by Brioni. This featured peaked lapels in silk, a single button, jetted pocket and a high gorge on the shoulders. The jacket also had no vents.
The shoulders in the jacket follow the same trend throughout the film and have a very structured look.
The trousers worn with his dinner jacket were black to match with single pleated, tapered legs and a plain hem on the bottom. Braces were also worn to hold them up which is the norm.
Bond opted to not wear any waist covering in the film which gives the outfit a little bit more of a casual feeling, though it is still black-tie.
In Quantum of Solace, Bond wore the “Regency” style dinner jacket from Tom Ford.
This jacket was in dark midnight blue and featured a satin silk shawl collar, a single satin silk covered button satin silk pockets with no flaps, satin silk turn-back cuffs, and a double vent.
This dinner jacket is a homage to the classic dinner jacket worn in Dr. No and it still looks amazing today.
The trousers were styled the same way as the suit trousers throughout the film. Bond also wears a cummerbund in silk with this dinner jacket, adding a touch of formality.
The Skyfall dinner jacket was the “O’Connor” style from Tom Ford.
It is very similar in construction to the Quantum dinner jacket however this jacket does not feature the turn-back cuffs that the last jacket has and it has a single vent in the back instead of double vents.
The pants are also styled in a similar way to the pants throughout the film with a very close fit to Bond’s legs.
The color of this dinner jacket and trousers is a medium blue as opposed to the midnight blue of the previous film.
Spectre brought in a classic black tie look in an ivory dinner jacket. The jacket is very similar to the “Windsor” jacket style from Tom Ford that was used previously in the film with a few differences.
The peak lapels are silk and the two buttons are also silk-covered as are the pockets with no flaps. The jacket also features a single vent.
Bond wears a pair of black trousers with white braces holding them up in the film. The trousers have a flat front and very straight and close to the leg cut as the others in the film have. Bond again wears a cummerbund and also adds a red carnation in the lapel which is another nice nod to Connery’s 007 style.
No Time to Die brings another classic dinner jacket from 007. He is wearing Tom Ford again – this time the “Shelton.”
It features a shawl collar (with pick stitching) turn-back cuffs and jetted pockets and a one-button closure.
The jacket also has one vent similar to the Skyfall tuxedo.
The trousers are bound to be very similar to the cut of trousers we’ve seen in the other suits in the film.
Overall, Bond wears every tuxedo with effortless class and sophistication. He again has given a masterclass on all styles of modern black-tie other than a double-breasted jacket.
Kingsman's Black Tie
In the first film, Harry wears a blue velvet dinner jacket.
This jacket features large shawl lapels made of silk with turn-back cuffs made of silk as well. It also has a one-button closure and silk pockets with no flaps.
This choice is very interesting and gives the outfit a less formal feeling which is good as Harry goes on to eat McDonald's at his fancy dinner.
Harry also does not wear a waist covering of any type which makes the entire outfit feel even more casual.
His trousers are wool with a tartan pattern. This pattern of check and plaid features black, blue and green. This, while a very British design, is questionable with black tie.
Perhaps these pants would work if Harry was wearing a normal blazer or a jumper. The fit is spot on through both Kingsman films.
In the Golden Circle, Eggsy follows in Harry’s footsteps of experimentation with black tie. Eggsy opts for a burnt orange velvet dinner jacket.
The jacket has peak lapels in contrasting black silk, one-button closure, straight pockets with no flaps, a four-button cuff and a double vents.
This option is definitely one that will catch someone’s eye and it perfectly mirrors Eggsy’s character traits. The fit of the dinner jacket is much closer with Eggsy as is true of his suits.
Eggsy is much closer to Bond’s look while Harry has a much more classic fit.
Eggsy pairs this jacket with black wool pants with a flat front and straight leg cut with a slight taper down his leg. Again, a more casual look for a black-tie.
Overall, the Kingsmen like to stretch their stylistic muscles when it comes to black tie. They enjoy their velvet jackets and off the wall colors and patterns. It is a good example of how to diversify the color in your wardrobe.
So, who wins this round? It has to be Bond. 007 shows us exactly how to look amazing in black tie and how to use classic style inside of black tie and look the business. The Kingsman's experiment is a little too far for classic black tie and makes them look less formal.
Bond: 2 – Kingsman: 1
Round 3: Casual Outfits
Kingsman's Casual Outfits
In the Kingsman movies, Eggsy is the agent we see wearing the most casual outfits. He typically gravitates towards a more “sporty” look.
Most of his outfits consist of a light jacket like a bomber jacket or a light sports hoodie. Eggsy has a soft spot for Adidas throughout both films, showing their brand very prominently.
Eggsy will also typically wear dark washed jeans and a pair of contrasting white sneakers. Again, Adidas and Nike are both worn by Eggsy and he seems to really like them to be white.
Eggsy will typically finish off most of his casual looks with a flat bill hat. This is a move that definitely takes a certain type of person to pull off. It is the stark contrast of his secret agent persona.
His casual style harkens back to his roots before becoming a spy.
This is the biggest lesson I think we can take from his casual outfits.
Never forget where you come from.
We would suggest against big and bold patterns like his Adidas jacket and opt for the bomber jacket he has worn. Also, steer clear of the flat bill hat.
Harry was really only seen in one casual outfit in both films.
He wears a crisp white dress shirt underneath a beautiful caramel cardigan.
It's not all about suits – Harry knows how to rock a casual cardigan.
To finish it off, he sports a pair of charcoal trousers. These were of course all provided by Mr. Porter and it shows.
The cardigan is perfectly fitted to Harry and features leather horn buttons.
While some may think Mr. Rogers when trying to pull off a cardigan, you can pull it off and look like a bada$$ with the correct confidence.
James Bond's Casual Outfits
Throughout his tenure as 007, Daniel Craig has worn more casual outfits than any other Bond. One of Bond’s favorite choices is a light casual jacket.
In Quantum of Solace, he sported a beautiful Tom Ford Harrington jacket in a dark navy (that gets pretty beat up) over his navy polo shirt and jeans with his brown suede chukka boots.
This is a great outfit to show how good a monochromatic outfit can look when worn correctly.
He also wears a shawl collar cardigan from Tom Ford in dark navy blue with a pair of chinos, a white dress shirt and another pair of chukka boots.
This is a classic look and a nod Steve McQueen’s style.
In Skyfall, Bond showed us how to sport a waxed jacket as well by wearing a Barbour waxed jacket over an N. Peal cashmere sweater with a pair of slim cords. The shoes are a pair of Crockett and Jones “Islay” boots.
This outfit was a perfect fit for Bond during the fight scenes in his family’s home. It harkens back to classic British brands while still being robust enough to fight the elements.
In Spectre, Bond sported two different suede jackets (one in a dark navy and one in a light tan) and also brought back a turtleneck.
In his final showdown with Blofeld, Bond is sporting a dark navy suede jacket from John Varvatos, an N. Peal “Fine Gauge Mock Turtleneck” in dark charcoal grey, a pair of grey herringbone pants and a pair of Sanders & Sanders “Hi-Top Chukka” boots.
These are a homage back to the main outfit worn by Steve McQueen in the classic movie Bullitt.
Finally in No Time to Die, Bond again likes his light jackets but he finally embraces the henley which is very popular today.
He sports a white henley from Rag and Bone under a duster coat from Massimo Alba in a moss-green color.
He also pairs a pair of black cord pants and black boots with this outfit.
The Henley is a reliable option for classic casual wear.
Bond also embraces boat shoes during his retirement and wears them appropriately. These are only to be worn when on vacation or retired. Bond was retired.
Overall, like his style in suits, Bond explores tons of different types of casual outfits. From leather jackets to cardigans and back again, Bond does it all flawlessly.
He also loves to add textures into his casual outfits such as suedes, cords or herringbones and this just draws people towards him more. He never goes overboard with texture either which can be very easy to do.
For the ability to mold himself into many different casual outfits and styles, 007 gets the win.
Bond: 3 – Kingsman: 1
Round 4: Cold Weather Outfits
James Bond's Cold Weather Outfits
Bond has experience with cold weather.
The most memorable outfit would come from Skyfall in which he sports a Billy Reid peacoat.
Under the pea coat, he wears a John Smedley V-neck sweater, a white dress shirt with a black tie.
He pairs this with a pair of Acne “Wall Street Shark Grey” trousers and a pair of Crockett and Jones “Tetbury” chukka boots in black leather.
He finishes this outfit off with a pair of Dents unlined leather gloves.
This is a great choice for anyone who is looking for inspiration for the colder months.
A pea coat is a classic choice that any man can pull off when the coat fits properly.
In Spectre, Bond wears two separate outfits for extremely cold climates which are closer to what the Kingsmen wear in the Golden Circle.
Bond wears a Tom Ford “knitted sleeve bomber jacket” with stirrup trousers while chasing after Mr. Hinx. This is a good choice when in extreme temperatures however we wouldn’t recommend stirrups unless you are skiing.
Bond also wears a wool-cashmere jacket from Dior Homme with a roll-neck turtleneck in grey from N. Peal while going to meet Mr. White earlier in the film.
The roll-neck has a cable-knit design to it and is a nice touch to make the sweater stand out.
This is another great example of how to look great in the cold.
Bond also shows us how to wear a knitted cap or beanie without looking unkempt.
Kingsman's Cold Weather Outfits
The Kingsmen encountered extreme temperatures in the Golden Circle and looked amazing. Harry wore his standard double-breasted suit with a leather-trimmed shearling coat to keep him warm.
This is a next-level style move that few can pull off but Harry does it with ease.
With him, Eggsy wore a brown skiing suit with velvet accents and underneath it a black turtleneck and finished it with a pair of light brown leather gloves and a pair of his signature sunglasses.
Again, this was a great choice and suited the climate perfectly.
Whiskey from the film also wore an amazing featherbed suede and shearling trimmed vest in a blue over top of his skiing suit for extra warmth. This showed another great layering technique that is both practical and stylish.
The Kingsmen win here. The shearing coat is an amazing style move and the skiing suits are perfect for the climate and allow for you to actually have the room to ski in them.
Bond: 3 – Kingsman: 2
Round 5: Eyewear
James Bond's Eyewear
Bond has worn and used a ton of accessories in his film. The most prominent is his large array of sunglasses.
In Casino Royale, Bond sported Persol sunglasses the film in both the 2244s and the 2720s.
We see a wide variety of sunglasses throughout Daniel Craig's tenure as Bond.
Both are a square design with the 2244’s being thinner and more casual than the thicker 2720s.
In Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, Bond began to wear Tom Ford sunglasses as his main brand of choice.
This included the FT108’s, the Marko FT0144, the Snowdon FT0237 and the Henry Vintage Wayfarer FT0248.
The FT108’s and the FT144’s are both twists on the classic aviator style.
The Snowdon’s are an interpretation of a classic wayfarer and the Henry’s are an interpretation of a clubmaster.
He also wore a pair of vintage Vuarnet’s in Spectre while in the snow environment.
In No Time to Die, Bond wears both Vuarnet and Barton Perreira sunglasses.
For Vuarnet, he wears the Legend 06 and the Edge 1613.
The 06’s are a vintage shape close to a cat-eye and the 1613’s are a round driving shape that Bond wears while piloting an aircraft.
The Barton Perreira models he chose are the Joe and the Norton.
The Joe’s are another twist on a classic wayfarer model while the Norton’s are sort of semi-round with a point design.
That’s a lot of sunglasses. What is so great with all of them is that they all are different types and models. They are also all very versatile sunglasses that can be dressed up or dressed down and work in most situations.
Again like the rest of his style, Bond experiments with the types of eyewear he wears and pulls all of them off really well.
The Kingsmen have their standard square-framed glasses from Cutler and Gross. Both Harry and Eggsy sport this pair in both a tortoiseshell pattern and a black frame.
They also use the same model for their sunglasses as well.
The Kingsmen need to step up their eyewear game.
This is an iconic visual for the Kingsman and they are a great match to their suits that they normally wear.
Again, the Kingsmen like to keep things simple; however, this can run the risk of becoming boring and look out of style/touch.
So who wins this round? Well, it has to be 007 again. While it is respectable to have one go-to pair of eyewear, you will stand out much more if you are able to add diversity to your collection of eyewear. No one wants to be boring!
Bond: 4 – Kingman: 2
Summary – James Bond Vs. Kingsman
Both sides did well, with all things considered. However, James Bond came out on top with 4 to the Kingsman's 2.
Bond simply brings more to the table. The sheer number of outfits he has in his closet outlasts the limited variety in Kingsman.