A Hot Summer Night

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White-Pyjamas

Some of us may be experiencing warm weather at this time of year. Whilst in Jamaica in Dr. No, James Bond sleeps in only white pyjama trousers. Like most, they have a full cut and drawstring waistband. They are most likely made of a fine Sea Island cotton, which is soft, lightweight and comfortable in the heat. The alternative would be silk, which wears warm and is best avoided on hot summer nights.

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  1. Well, not quite sure how much there is to say about some very nice pyjama bottoms other than the fact that Connery is in magnificent shape. He is truly ripped and probably weighs under 14 stone, note well the scene also at the waterfall on Crab Key with Honey.

    • He didn’t stay like this for very long. Note how his cheek bones get softer and softer over his tenure.

      • Well, you know, a bodybuilder who came into fame. There was no need for him to stay in shape after that.

      • Well he did up until Thunderball. He wasn’t a bodybuilder really, just did some concentrated weight training for one bodybuilding contest.

  2. Sure Connery looks his best in the first Bond movies, but speaking of clothing only, I am surprised he didn’t wear trousers with two buttons -for adjusting the size. The drawstring isn’t very attractive, neither is it quick to remove or redo a knot. But I must admit my comment was made almost just for commenting…

    • The drawstring is vital to stop tarantulas making nests in your nether regions. In the novel (with the centipede), it suggests/says (can’t recall which) Bond is naked and he imagines a worst case scenario when the damned thing snuggles up around Little James because its so snug and warm down there.

      I let my English teacher read this chapter when I was 14 as I thought it was terrific, edge of the seat stuff which truly made my skin crawl. She gave me the book back the next day, somewhat unimpressed. I asked what she thought:
      “Well, I can see why you like it,” she replied.

  3. Interestingly, the literary Bond wasn’t a dandy, gourmet, or sex symbol. Thanks to Terence Young, the cinematic Bond would become all of these.

    • Jeff, Fleming’s Bond was definitely a gourmet of sorts and sexually attractive to women. I agree that his dress was extremely conservative and more in line with Terence Young’s ideas than anyone who came afterwards.

      • By most people’s standards, I’d say that the literary Bond was a gourmet. And when you consider the average American and Englishman didn’t eat like Fleming or Bond, especially coming out of WWII with its rationing, Bond’s cosmopolitan tastes would seem epicurean. Edward Biddulph, author of LICENCE TO COOK, argues in an essay in his blog that the literary Bond wasn’t a gourmet. It’s been a while since I’ve read the essay, but I believe Biddulph bases his claim on Fleming’s line in OHMSS that Bond wasn’t a gourmet, but someone who ate simply while in England, eating more refined cuisine while abroad. I guess if someone else is paying for it…

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