Connery’s Flannel Chalk Stripe Suit in From Russia with Love

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Not all of Anthony Sinclair’s suits for Sean Connery are lightweight, which is one thing his suits are known for. Connery wears a heavy navy flannel suit with grey chalk stripes at the end of From Russia With Love in Venice. Though this suit appears mostly charcoal on the Blu-ray edition, the suit looks to be navy in better-lit shots, and it matches the navy tie in the older prints of the film. It might just be because of the soft fabric, but this suit looks to have a more relaxed cut than the rest of Connery’s suits. It has a more old-fashioned look than most of Connery’s suits. The button two suit coat has a relaxed fit with a draped chest, natural shoulders and a gentle waist suppression. The coat has flapped pockets, four-button cuffs and a single vent. The suit trousers have double forward pleats, button-tab side adjusters and taped legs turn-ups.

The ecru silk shirt from Turnbull & Asser has a spread collar, a front placket and two-button cocktail cuffs. The back of the shirt is shaped with two darts, though the shirt still has generous fit. Bond ties his dark blue grenadine tie in a very small four-in-hand knot. Bond places a folded ecru handkerchief in his breast pocket. Navy socks match the suit, and Bond’s shoes are black three-eyelet derbys.

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  1. Excellent post, I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. Grey or navy flannel is an excellent and traditional choice, especially during the winter months.

    This is a perfect example of how our favorite spy can be well-dressed without standing out. His suit is well-cut and timeless without being flashy or trendy.

    Very classic, very British, very Bond.

    • Part of what you see is caused by the way Connery’s arms are positioned, since the suit wasn’t fitted that way. Tailors may make shoulders of a coat larger than the actual shoulders for a better silhouette.

      • I have always thought Anthony Sinclair made the shouldes of his suits too big making Connery too much “hulky” . He would have look much more elegant and stylized with a slimmer cut

    • A chalkstripe is a stripe on a flannel cloth that resembles the soft line of a tailor’s chalk. Typically chalkstripes are wider than pinstripes, which are typically only 1 or 2 threads wide. A pinstripe would get lost in a flannel cloth. Chalkstripe can also refer to a wider stripe on a worsted cloth.

  2. 100% agree with Kyle. I too have been looking forward to this suit. In 1962-64, they really nailed the look which Kyle describes.

  3. How does everyone else feel about the tie knot? It seems smaller compared to the rest of the film. Usually I’d tell someone to tighten their knot, but this one seems over-tightened. Perhaps a slightly larger knot would work better in this case — one of the few times I’d say that.

  4. Interesting choice in the ecru shirt with the navy suit. Have you any idea as to why they broke the trend of a pale blue shirt throughout the movie for this color? A slight edge in formality possibly?

    • Since the suit is flannel, it is less formal than the other suits in the film. He may have been wearing ecru to try to dress up the suit a little, but they simply may have just wanted a to break from the blue shirts worn in the rest of the film.

  5. Matt , how can you be certain that the shirt is silk ? EVERY OTHER shirt worn by Sean Connery as James Bond is Sea Island Poplin . Does this shirt have any defining traits that identify it as silk ?

    • There are a few things that give it away as silk. It has more sheen than a cotton shirt usually has. It drapes more elegantly and smoothly, and it doesn’t wrinkle, while Sea Island cotton will wrinkle just from putting it on. The colour is the natural colour of silk.

    • Turnbull & Asser has simplified things there. As you can see in the screen shots, this shirt is not white. They are writing this to sell shirts, not to tell a perfect history. Connery wore few plain white shirts as Bond; they were usually cream or ecru.

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