The Herringbone Topcoat in Thunderball



In Thunderball James Bond wears a three-quarter-length topcoat from Conduit Street tailor Anthony Sinclair in a warm grey herringbone tweed on his trip from Shrublands health clinic to his office in London. The sporty tweed is woven of contrasting dark brown and light grey, which is a look that elegantly takes Bond from the country to the city. The coat is a light topcoat weight, likely around 20 oz.

Being a three-quarter coat, the hem hits just above the knee. A three-quarter coat is often called a “car coat” because the shorter length makes it more comfortable when sitting in a car, and the additional warmth from a longer coat is unnecessary for short trips between a car and heated buildings. Hip-length coats are also often called “car coats”.

The primary purpose of this coat in Thunderball is for Bond to wear while driving his Aston Martin DB5, making this the ultimate car coat. In sporty herringbone tweed, the coat is quite fitting for such a sporty car. A more formal chesterfield would be more at home in the back seat of a Rolls-Royce than the driver seat of an Aston Martin.

The coat is detailed with narrow notched lapels, flapped pockets, a three-button fly front and a vent in the back, and it is cut with soft shoulders, roped sleeve heads and a full, straight shape through the body.

In his hand, Bond has a brown trilby—which pairs perfectly with the topcoat—and black suitcase. Underneath the coat Bond wears a navy blazer and grey flannel trousers. Bond carries this coat over his arm during the funeral at the beginning of the Thunderball when wearing his grey flannel three-piece suit.




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