Light blue is a popular colour for James Bond’s shirts, swimming shorts and bathrobes. The light blue terrycloth—a.k.a. towelling—bathrobe is a James Bond staple. The first example is the bathrobe in Dr. No that Sean Connery is given after his cleansing when he arrives at Dr No’s lair. Roger Moore wears a similar bathrobe in The Man with the Golden Gun in his Bangkok hotel room after Andrea Anders leaves.
This bathrobe wouldn’t likely have been Bond’s own but rather something that lives in the hotel room’s wardrobe. This is a very basic and practical yet comfortable bathrobe meant for wearing before and after a shower in the hotel room, and it contrasts with Scaramanga’s much more luxurious black silk dressing gown that Bond wears at the end of the film.
This bathrobe is made of light blue terrycloth and is knee length and has a turned-up shawl collar, turnback cuffs and open patch pockets. It fastens around the waist with a self belt, tied in an overhand knot. It is a classic style and likely from an English brand.
This is one of the most ordinary items Bond wears in the series, and because of that and its limited screen time it had been overlooked on this blog until now. Alongside the countless other bathrobes and dressing gowns that Roger Moore wears as Bond—after all, Moore is the Bathrobe Bond—this one is rather forgettable. Nevertheless, a basic bathrobe is a useful piece in a man’s wardrobe and light blue is a Bondian choice. Orlebar Brown will be releasing a similar Dr. No-inspired bathrobe next week, and they’ve added a few creative touches to make theirs more interesting and unique.