Sean Connery’s Bond’s wardrobe had a well-defined identity, with a certain consistency across his six EON Bond films. Though he had new suits and jackets from Anthony Sinclair and new shirts from Turnbull & Asser, Frank Foster or Lanvin from each film, there were many repeats of styles that helped us believe that Connery’s Bond had a realistic wardrobe.
This cohesive look across Connery’s wardrobe is one reason why the style of his James Bond has been so memorable and influential. Yet the man himself is ultimately what made these clothes look so cool. Here are seven outfits that defined the look of Connery’s Bond.
1. Midnight Blue Shawl-Collar Dinner Suit
The first outfit that James Bond wears on screen when he announces his name, ‘Bond, James Bond’, in the first Bond film Dr. No is without question the most important outfit he’s worn in the series. It is why the dinner jacket is the outfit most associated with James Bond, and this suit from Anthony Sinclair set the standard for Connery’s iconic black tie style throughout the Bond series. The detail of the silk satin gauntlet cuffs set him apart as a man of refined tastes while the narrow pointed bow tie he wears with it stands out as a uniquely sophisticated choice.
Sean Connery again wears similar dinner suits in From Russia with Love and Thunderball.
2. Peak-Lapel Ivory Dinner Jacket
The world’s hero of black tie can’t live in black and midnight dinner suits alone. Goldfinger‘s opening scene establishes another classically Bondian look for the evening when Connery unzips his dry suit to reveal an immaculate ivory dinner jacket. The finishing touch of a red carnation boutonniere adds a memorable pop of colour. Though the boutonniere is never a necessary accessory, this outfit would look incomplete without it.
He again wears similar ivory dinner jacket in Diamonds Are Forever, updated with wider peaked lapels for the 1970s.
3. Glen Check Three-Piece Suit
The most iconic suit of the entire series is the grey glen check suit in Goldfinger. Though Connery wears other grey glen check suits and other three-piece suits as Bond, none are as memorable as this one. Perhaps it’s because we watch him unpack it that we are set up to expect this suit to be something special. But details like the ticket pocket, the forward trouser pleats or the waistcoat’s lapels set it apart from any average suit. It’s Bond’s first three-piece suit of the series, and none since have matched its unique elegance.
4. Blue Cocktail-Cuff Shirt
A staple item of all of Sean Connery’s Bond films except Goldfinger, the Turnbull & Asser shirt in blue (or occasionally in cream or white) Sea Island cotton with a wide English spread collar and elegantly rounded cocktail cuffs is a truly unique shirt that started a trend in the 1960s. It may not stand out in the way that Connery’s suits or beachwear do, but it’s a key part of his wardrobe because its such a consistent part of it. This shirt stands the test of time and has inspired the shirts of Moore’s and Craig’s Bonds. The cuff may be a little gimmicky, but it’s never out of place.
5. Navy Grenadine Tie
Like the blue cocktail-cuff shirt, the dark navy grenadine necktie from Turnbull & Asser also follows Connery through five of his Bond films. Its solid colour and lacy gauze weave represent the simple but sophisticated elegance of his character. The tie pairs well with every suit and blazer he wears and is an essential wardrobe piece for any Bond fan.
6. Tweed Hacking Jacket and Cavalry Twill Trousers
The brown barleycorn tweed hacking jacket and fawn cavalry twill trousers that Connery pairs with it follow him through two Bond films, Goldfinger and Thunderball. It’s the quintessential Bond outfit for the quintessential Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5. The car and Swiss scenery in Goldfinger played a role in how iconic this outfit is, but the low colour contrast and high texture contrast of the jacket and trousers makes the look interesting in its own right.
Connery also shows the versatility of the cavalry twill trousers by dressing them down with a black polo sweater in Thunderball.
7. Slazenger Sweater
Though Connery wears many pieces of elegant resortwear throughout Thunderball and a memorable blue-on-blue outfit on the Crab Key beach in Dr. No, his top casual look has to go to the burgundy Slazenger sweater in Goldfinger. Goldfinger is the Bond film the set the standard for Bond in so many ways, including fashion. More than half the items on this list are from Goldfinger! The sweater is such an easy piece to wear, and it’s something that allows every man to picture himself dressed as Sean Connery’s Bond. Not all of Connery’s style has to be so out of reach.
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