James Bond’s Nehru Jacket


A prisoner of Dr. No, Bond dons the Asian-influenced clothes provided for him as Dr. No’s guest. The main piece is a brown silk Nehru jacket. The jacket has five buttons down the front with curved sides. There are no vents in the back. Since the Nehru jacket is partially influenced by the lounge suit, they often have similar pockets. Whilst Bond’s Nehru jacket does not have hip pockets, it is has a welted breast pocket complete with a folded white linen pocket square. Underneath the Nehru jacket Bond wears a white crew-neck t-shirt.

Bond wears stone-coloured flat front trousers, probably in cotton poplin. The trousers have slanted pockets, an extended waistband and side tabs. The trousers have a plain hem, but in some shots he turns up the bottoms. These are identical in all but colour to one of the two pairs Connery wore in the outdoor scenes on Crab Key. Connery wears two different pairs of shoes. The first is a pair of navy canvas slip-ons with crepe soles. The second is a pair of navy canvas three-eyelet derbys with rubber soles and worn for the purpose of climbing through the pipes. These shoes were also worn in the outdoor scenes on Crab Key. It’s often the case in the Bond films where Bond wears different shoes in the same scene for stunt purposes.


  1. Is it proper to wear a t-shirt under a Nehru Jacket? And could you tell me, is a Nehru Jacket considered as formal as a normal lounge suit? Thanks.

  2. This may be the best argument as to why the pre-1966 Sean Connery was the best James Bond. I cannot imagine any of the other actors looking cool and imposing like Sean does in the Nehru Jacket.

    • Sadly, one of the things that were lost as the movies went on. Dr. No and FRWL were fairly gritty by 1960s standards (just look at the fight between him and Grant in the latter movie).


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