In a scene deleted from A View to a Kill near the Chevron Richmond Refinery dock in the San Francisco bay, fisherman in boats are protesting Zorin’s pumping because it’s killing crabs. James Bond is undercover and dressed to blend in with the fishermen to get a closer look at Zorin’s operation.
James Bond has never looked more American in this scene, and he must have had help from CIA agent Chuck Lee — played by David Yip — in picking out or acquiring these clothes. Every item that Bond is wearing successfully marks him as an American.
This is one of the most un-Bondian disguises the character has ever worn, though unlike the clown suit in the previous film Octopussy, there’s no question that this disguise is perfect for the mission. Bond, who usually tries to disguise himself in his favoured styles, may look shockingly out of character in this outfit, but it works for the scene. It’s one of very few times where Bond truly blends in with a crowd, unless Roger Moore happens to also be wearing his usual Italian loafers here.
For a base layer to keep warm on the boat, Bond is wearing a white crew-neck undershirt. Realistically, the shirt looks aged and worn. It’s not a stark white but slightly yellowed to show that it has experienced sweat and grime. Seeing Roger Moore in an undershirt is quite unusual and helps make him look believably American in this disguise.
Over the undershirt Bond wears a lightweight cotton plaid shirt in maroon, blue and white. It is detailed with a point collar and white buttons, though the rest of the shirt cannot be seen. Most likely it has two breast pockets, following the typical conventions of American sport shirts. Neither shirt’s details nor fit looks like those made by Moore’s usual shirtmaker Frank Foster, so this is likely a ready-to-wear piece purchased for this scene. Bond wears the top few buttons of the shirt open to show off his t-shirt, and he tucks it into his jeans.
The classic mid-blue denim jeans have a medium-high rise and straight leg. These are the most unusual part of the outfit for Bond, who one might expect to wear something like tan cotton drill five-pocket trousers instead.
Over everything, Bond wears a tan cotton jacket. The jacket has a zip front, buttoned slash pockets and cuffs at the ends of the sleeves. There is a shield-shaped logo on the left chest.
To top off the outfit, Bond wears a light-blue denim baseball cap with the Chevron logo emblazoned on the front. The crown has a white button on the top and vents with white grommets.
A shot from Omega’s No Time to Die trailer shows Daniel Craig in a baseball cap, so it’s possible we will finally be seeing Bond in a baseball cap in a film.
Roger Moore does not make this outfit look cool. To make such an outfit look cool would take a tough American type like Clint Eastwood. Roger Moore being about 57 years old and known for being a sophisticated Englishman makes it almost difficult to take him seriously dressed like this, though the fact that the outfit is perfect for the scene helps tremendously.