The Herringbone Tweed Half Norfolk Jacket in Diamonds Are Forever

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Diamonds Are Forever brings Bond into the 1970s with some new styles. Suits in the 1970s saw a revival of 1930s style, most notably in wider lapels and wider trouser legs. Whilst Roger Moore is most remembered for his numerous sports coats, Sean Connery wears three sports coats in Diamonds Are Forever. The first is a full button three, half Norfolk sports coat in a brown and black herringbone tweed, and this is the first time we see Connery wearing a button three coat.

This coat takes after 1930’s sports coats with its belted back, but the deep double vents update the style to the 1970s. It appears that this sports coat lacks a breast pocket, though I can’t promise you that it isn’t there. The hip pockets are patch pockets with flaps and bellows for a larger capacity, something from the sporting Norfolk jacket. It also has the sporty detail of leather buttons. The sleeves have two buttons on each cuff. The jacket has notched lapels with an extended collar that has a rounded dog-ear shape. Some country jackets have a collar extension that can actually close around the neck, but the collar on this jacket is purely decorative.

Diamonds-Are-Forever-Herringbone-Tweed-Half-Norfolk-Jacket-3The style of this sports coat is called “half Norfolk” because it incorporates some elements of a Norfolk jacket. Whilst a Norfolk jacket has a full belt, a half Norfolk jacket has a belt only across the back. The bellows pockets on this sports coat are like those typically found on a Norfolk jacket.

The brown of this sports coat is the best kind of brown for someone with a cool complexion. Red-browns suit people with a cool complexion better than yellow- or green-browns do. The black mixed in with the brown mutes the colour and makes it more flattering to someone with a cool complexion than a richer brown would.

A close-up reveals the brown and black herringbone pattern. The blue shoulder holster is visible inside the jacket.
A close-up reveals the brown and black herringbone pattern. The blue shoulder holster is visible inside the jacket.

Bond wears the half Norfolk jacket with black plain-front trousers with a plain hem. Underneath the sports coat Bond wears a black long-sleeve Polo jumper, possibly in cashmere. Bond’s socks are black and his shoes are black ankle boots.

Notice the odd dog-ear collar shape on the sports coat. Does anyone know the technical term for this collar style?
Notice the odd dog-ear collar shape on the sports coat. Does anyone know the technical term for this collar style?

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  1. I thought a Half-Norfolk Jacket included a so-called >action back< i.e. how would you describe that? But I don't see such on either the side of the jacket's backet?

    I see the rounded shoulder tops which are advertised by Gieves & Hawkes as well as a very contoured shape at the waist.

  2. I explained above what a half Norfolk jacket is. It doesn't need to have an action back, just only some elements of the Norfolk jacket. There's no one single half Norfolk style, just like Norfolk jackets come in various styles as well.

  3. Gay Talese wears a similar lapel style as this, and I believe it may be called a Tautz lapel. But different writers assert different styles, so I'm not sure if this is entirely accurate.

  4. Daniel, a Tautz lapel is a peak lapel that points horizontally rather than up at an angle as they usually do. Connery is wearing a notch lapel, but with an unusual collar.

  5. Is it not a type of Ulster collar, perhaps?

    An ULster overcoat would, of course, tend to be double breasted but the purpose of this sort of collar seems to be the same – if buttoned all the way up (if in fact it could be) the collar would stand up, jut out and protect the neck and face.

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