Before he became James Bond, Roger Moore cut his teeth in the spy-crime-thriller genre as star of British TV series “The Saint,” which ran from 1962-69, or the end of the Ivy heyday years in the States. In fact, like Pierce Brosnan decades later, Moore had to turn down the role of Bond due to his TV commitments.
Moore’s saintly character had a taste for navy blazers paired with white shirts and rep ties — about as simple a formula as you can get. It also illustrates the strong kinship between Ivy and English style: same ingredients, different execution.
Perhaps Moore developed an excessive fondness for navy blazers (and overcoats) during those early years, as it would become one of his signature Bond outfits, in addition to being a key piece worn offscreen.
Which means these shots aren’t all from “The Saint,” but they’ll work for All Saint’s Day. — CC