Learn English – Meaning of a quote in movie Casino Royale (2006)

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Vesper Lynd: There are dinner jackets and dinner jackets; this is
the latter. And I need you looking
like a man who belongs at that table.

Here what does the line "There are dinner jackets and dinner jackets" means?

Best Answer

It's like saying, "There are men, and there are men."

It really depends on the context. But in this context, I reckon Vesper Lynd is really saying:

There are alright dinner jackets, and there are good dinner jackets; this is the latter...

"This is the latter" refers to the second of the dinner jackets, which I am presuming, is "good". (I haven't watched the movie)

It's just another way of saying about the difference between two things of the same type, but different quality.

Edit:

Quoting @Unreason:

To determine which one is better you have to provide more context. Specifically, if the sentence 'And I need you ... at that table.' is affirming the choice of the dinner jacket, then the second one is a better choice. If it is opposing then the second one is a worse choice.