Never Say Never Again: The Chambray Shirt

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Connery-Chambray-Shirt

In Never Say Never Again, Sean Connery wears a warm weather shirt staple: the chambray shirt. Chambray is a plain woven cotton cloth with a coloured warp and white filling yarns. It looks a little like denim and a little like pinpoint oxford, but it’s a light, sporty cloth for spring and summer shirts.

Chambray
Chambray

Like the standard chambray shirt, Connery’s is blue, and its two breast pockets would make this a sports shirt if it weren’t already part of a uniform. It’s a United States Navy issued shirt with a patch on the upper left sleeve to denote rank, though without the patch it would be no different than a civilian’s chambray shirt. The shirt has button-through breast pockets, a soft point collar, a front placket and long sleeves with single-button, rounded barrel cuffs. The stitching is white, which matches the white threads in the cloth but contrasts with the shirt overall for a more casual look. He wears a tan military web belt to hold up his dark trousers, which are either black or navy.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Dan needn’t worry – the shirt’s a fake. Real USN chambrays in that era had flap pockets with a slight point to the flap, dark blue stitching rather than white, and the rating/rank badge on the sleeve would be an iron-on transfer rather than a patch. (And if the shirt had any badge on it, it would also have the owner’s name and ‘US Navy’ stenciled over the pockets.)

    The khaki belt we’ll assume was given to Bond as an immediate identifier that he wasn’t part of the crew – it’s worn only by officers and Chief Petty Officers, neither of whom wore the chambray/dungaree uniform by that time.

    The trousers could be either the blue denim bell-bottom dungarees that went with the chambray shirt, the “working blue” (actually black) twill trousers that were the Winter undress uniform (with a matching shirt) for seamen and petty officers at the time, or an officer’s or CPO’s black gabardine dress trousers.

  2. (And I just realized that the officer standing next to Bond is wearing a fake uniform as well – Navy khakis don’t have mitres on the pocket flaps!)

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