If you’re dropping in to MI6 to receive orders from M you’ll need a tie, otherwise modern Bond doesn’t wear one. The white shirt and dark, monochrome suit means that you may feel tempted to wear something fun and colourful. This is tantamount to confessing the nation’s deepest secrets. ”Colourful’ ties make it much easier for snipers to shoot at your heart – and rightly so.
If your suit is black or midnight blue find a tie that matches it exactly. Avoid ties that are too thick or too wide (often they are more expensive) – they make the knot look too big. Remember this simple rule: looking like a secret agent on an undercover mission = cool. Looking like a premiership footballer = not cool. A four in hand or a half Winsor are the best knots, as long as the main part of the tie rests just above your trousers. Always hide the short end in the hoop provided.