None of Roger Moore’s infamous safari suits are identical. The safari suit in Octopussy is one of the most classic, being in a sandy tan, and it doesn’t have the flared 1970’s trousers to date it. It’s now 1983, and Moore has continued to wear safari suits. And why not? It’s a classic piece of English clothing, and most appropriate for the safari that Bond finds himself being hunted in.
Moore’s London shirtmaker Frank Foster made the shirt-jacket of a plain-weave worsted wool suiting. Wool in plain weave is very comfortable in warm weather. Being of worsted wool this doesn’t wrinkle as much as a more traditional cotton or linen would. Though cotton or linen would be more comfortable against the skin, wool is very durable and looks great on screen because it is more resistant to wrinkles. The tan colour is excellent camouflage against the Monsoon Palace’s stone.
The shirt-jacket is tailored like a shirt, as a safari jacket should be. It does not have a lining or internal structure. But the cut is more complex than a typical shirt. It has two front panels, two back panels and a western yoke across the shoulders with a point in the middle. The front panels have darts under the arms that extend forward to the middle of the hip pockets, and the side seams are pushed back and have deep vents. There are four buttons down the front on a wide placket.
The collar is a formal-shirt-type point collar, but much larger and without a button. Despite this suit being made in 1982, the collar looks like it was designed in the 1970s. The front has four patch pockets with box pleats and pointed button-down flaps. The sleeves end in shirt-style cuffs, fastening with a single button. Completing the safari shirt look are the essential shoulder straps.
The buttons on the shirt are all one size, and they appear to be the same polyester 28L brace buttons that English tailors use.
The matching trousers are made by Roger Moore’s tailor for Octopussy Douglas Hayward and have a flat front and straight legs. Here in light brown are Moore’s usual—but inappropriate—low-vamp slip-on shoes with a moccasin toe. The socks are tan to match the suit.