To help camouflage himself in the jungle, Sean Connery’s James Bond is fitted in army-green gear for Never Say Never Again‘s opening training sequence.
Until Timothy Dalton would debut a black tactical look at the start of The Living Daylights four years later in the EON Bond series, this sort of look was not particularly Bondian. Bond always wore more conventional clothes for his assignments and could typically blend in as a civilian. The most tactical that Bond got was a turtleneck, which was more of a 1960s and 1970s idea of how an action hero should dress.
There were new fashions for the 1980s, and Connery’s soldier-type look at the start of 1983’s Never Say Never Again may have been inspired by 1982’s John Rambo in First Blood. The Rambo series set a new standard for the action film, and Connery’s outfit possibly could have been a response to it.
Connery’s return to Bond in tactical gear shows that after a 12-year break from playing the character, he is in top form and ready for action (at least until he fails this training exercise). This was something that Roger Moore was not in Octopussy, his Bond film released the same year.
The main piece of this outfit is an olive drab waxed cotton blouson, the fabric of which recalls Barbour’s famous material. The jacket has a front zip closure hidden under a fly, and there’s a button at the top of the fly. Its collar is a stand-up collar. The hem is gathered, giving the jacket its blouson character, and the hem is most likely sewn with elastic thread to keep it closely fitted.
There are large square patch pockets at the waist with velcro-fastened flaps and a vertically opening zip pocket on the left side of the chest. The rear has a yoke and a centre inverted box pleat.
Shoulder straps are sewn a few inches down from the top of the sleeve; they feed through the loop at the top of the shoulder and fasten there with a button. There is a metal D-ring sewn at the bottom of the strap. The sleeves have squared single-button cuffs that Connery wears folded back, where the beige inside of the sleeve is visible.
With its many features, the blouson looks more utilitarian than stylish. If you’re looking for a stylish alternative, the Barbour Hagart achieves a similar look without all the bells and whistles.
Underneath the blouson, Connery wears a black fishnet crewneck shirt tucked into his trousers to keep cool. The fishnet is rather odd for Bond, but it’s mostly hidden under the jacket. If Connery had run around in just the fishnet top without the jacket, this film could have been a proper sequel to Zardoz.
Connery’s cotton trousers are a slightly greener shade of olive than the jacket. They have cargo pockets high on the hips — not the thighs — with button-down flaps. Following certain 1980s fashions, the trousers have a trim leg. He wears the trousers with a wide black leather belt.
To complete the outfit, Connery wears beige and white trainers with grey soles and white edging. He also wears brown leather gloves with three darts sewn on the back of the hand.