A Blue Striped Dressing Gown of Shirting in Octopussy

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Roger Moore may be known for his wide lapels, flared trousers and safari suits, but he also loved his dressing gowns and bathrobes. The dressing gown he wears in Octopussy in India is perfect for the hot weather. It’s made of cotton poplin shirting (the cloth a shirt is made from), which is lightweight, breathes well and feels great against the skin. Additionally, it takes up little space in baggage, so this is one of the few dressing gowns we see in the Bond series that most likely belongs to James Bond, as opposed to a hotel or villain hosting Bond. It’s one of James Bond’s most elegant dressing gowns, and it likely came from an English shirtmaker, though it probably isn’t bespoke. Many of the Jermyn Street shirtmakers make similar dressing gowns from their shirtings.

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Bond’s dressing gown is light blue with red, grey and white stripes. The red and grey stripes are bordered by thin white stripes, whilst the white stripes are bordered by thin grey stripes. The gown has a shawl collar, turnback cuffs, one breast patch pocket on the left and hip patch pockets on either side. The waist secures with a wide belt. The collar, cuffs, pockets and belt are finished with royal blue piping for a luxurious look. The gown is calf-length.

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  1. I note that in “Octopussy” the Roger Moore’s hairs are rather long.
    I remember that for “Live and let Die” production ask to Moore for cut his hairs very short (for those times) in a way not too much dissimilar to Lazenby and Connery (hairpieces).
    Again, is said that the first encounter between Lazenby and the Bond’s producer was in a barbershop where Lazenby had gone for a “Sean Connery haircut”.
    Exist the iconic Bond’s tie,and the iconic Bond’s dinner jacket.
    But exist the iconic Bond’s haircut?

    • James Bond’s hair from For Your Eyes Only through GoldenEye is too long to be the iconic Bond haircut. Daniel Craig’s hair is too short in all his Bond films, though it’s close in Quantum of Solace. Anything else is close enough.

    • I actually think the SPECTRE haircut is the right length for Craig as it’s pretty close to QoS. He wouldn’t look good with hair much longer than that. That said, his hair was attrocious in Skyfall.

      Lazenby and Connery early on had the best haircuts.

    • I’ve always found Craig’s hair in QoS to look a bit daft when he’s got it combed down smartly, like his mum did it before he went out.

    • His mum. You mean M? Has this theory been ruled out completely? Perhaps his better hair style in Spectre is because there’s a new boss.
      “You can’t go out looking like you’ve just woken up, James.”

    • Haha, yes I can imagine after Casino Royale’s spiked up hair do M called Bond into her office and had him get a grownup hair cut

  2. Great item. I love the turnback cuffs and the classic, full length.
    The stripes work well with Moore’s build, too.
    I also like pyjama shirts with such cuffs, but they are very difficult to find (except at Turnbull & Asser, but I can’t afford such a price for pyjamas) nowadays.

    About haircuts, I think Craig’s in Casino Royale is the best, and isn’t too short too ; it goes well with his character and the idea of his new Bond. In Skyfall he just looks like a (and an old one too) bodyguard, especially with the sunglasses and headset ! Only the black suit is missing, but it’s close. Perhaps he is impersonating a bodyguard in Spectre at the funeral scene… although the pin collar and pocket square makes me him doubt !

  3. Lovely dressing gown.

    A rarely discussed fact about Moores hair is that he since the 1950’s had a bald spot on the left side of his head and hence both dyed his hair and wore a small, well hidden hair piece for all his Bonds (compare the different shades of brown through both the years and in different scenes within the films). The comb-over Moore sported from FYEO onwards was styled both to conceal said hair piece, and progressively more and more shortened on the sides to make his hairline appear less receeding. This is especially evident in AVTAK.

    • Roger Moore’s hair is a bit of a conundrum. I recently re-watched his 25 years of Bond documentary and his hairline is all over the place in the various clips. With the general trend of moving forward.

      I would guess that his “small” hair piece got larger and further forward over the years. He is also said to have used thickening products in AVTAK. He probably used these in all his films. Compare these two pics, one form Octopusy and of him with Connery from around that time. Whatever they do to his hair in the films it makes a huge difference.

      http://tomsoter.com/files/images/Bond%20vs%20Bond.jpg

      https://www.bondsuits.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Octopussy-Black-Dinner-Suit-2.jpg

      It also looks like Craig’s hair in Skyfall has had a dose of thickening products. Especially when he is in the sun on SIlva’s Island.

  4. A fine gown. The style is very similar to a gown I inherited from my father. It was from Henry Bucks, arguably the finest haberdashery in Melbourne, Australia. Made for them by Derek Rose of London. Mine is cotton but often taken for silk.

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