In a memorable scene from Never Say Never Again when Sean Connery’s James Bond breaks out of a prison cell, rescues Domino on horseback and jumps off a cliff on said horse, he wears a casual outfit that would not look out of place today.
Connery’s olive windcheater blouson is similar to the jacket he wears at the start of the film in almost all aspects of its style. This blouson is more refined than the earlier one and is an easy piece to wear today. It’s likely made of a nylon and cotton or polyester and cotton blend.
The front has a zip closure with a fly that fastens with five black poppers. There are is a patch pockets on the front at waist level on either side, each with a centre box pleat and a flap that fastens with two poppers. The stand-up collar fastens in front with two poppers. The cuffs have a square extension with two male poppers to adjust the size of the cuffs around the wrist, and Connery uses the larger size. The insides of the collar and cuffs are trimmed in olive corduroy.
There are bi-swing pleats in the back for movement. The gathered waistband is elastic for a close fit, which allows the body of the jacket to blouse over the waistband. The jacket also has shoulder straps, each fastening on top of the shoulder with a popper.
The trousers are a rare instance of James Bond wearing jeans, albeit not blue jeans. These are khaki cotton drill, a traditional material used for five-pocket trousers. They have a fairly trim straight leg and a mid rise with a five pocket design. Connery wears the jeans with a wide light brown belt that has a large round single-prong buckle. The beige suede and white leather high-top trainers have eight pairs of eyelets, beige laces, grey soles, and white edging, and they complement the trousers nicely. These are the same trainers he wears in the film’s opening sequence.
As part of a disguise on the street so not to be recognised by Largo’s men and to keep incognito, Connery wears a grey checked scarf around his head.
Connery wears this new blouson over his bare chest, and the grey merino wool V-neck jumper and polo shirt from the previous scene are absent here. He was likely provided this blouson in captivity, for no logical reason as far as the story is concerned. The blouson looks better in this action sequence than his knitwear would have, which in a Bond film is as good a reason as any for an outfit change.
However, the lack of a shirt underneath the blouson makes the outfit look incomplete. Today, Daniel Craig’s Bond would wear a t-shirt or Henley underneath. Roger Moore’s Bond would likely have worn a button-front cotton jersey shirt or a lightweight polo neck under it. The latter would have fit in with Connery’s Never Say Never Again wardrobe. But if any Bond actor can pull off the windcheater without a shirt underneath, it’s Sean Connery.
The moment Bond and the horse land in the water, Bond is without his blouson. To be topless in the water may be the reason why he didn’t wear a shirt under the blouson.