He is best remembered as Bond, but it was the late, much lamented Roger Moore’s portrayal of super-smooth Lord Brett Sinclair in The Persuaders! that Richard has always considered his outstanding oeuvre.
Here are some pictures of the great man in character as Lord Brett on the small screen (in the bottom picture with Tony Curtis as his rougher around the edges and more casually attired partner in crime-fighting, Danny Wilde) that Richard took from the comfort of his own chaise longue some years ago when he was studying the style of this most becoming of English aristocrats.
‘I loved The Persuaders!,” says Richard. “Brett Sinclair had quite a traditional English style, but he was rather racy too. He did influence me a bit.”
Indeed, if you look closely here you will see that the slanted pockets and elegant, rather slimming length of Lord Brett’s jacket do somewhat resemble those of our own modern classic (as it has been dubbed) Hyde cut suits.
“I had lunch with him once in the south of France,” continues Richard. “He was very dapper and very charming. He told me he designed a lot of his own clothes for The Persuaders!, but I like to think he would have come to Richard James if we’d been around at the time.”
RIP Sir Roger.