James Bond primarily wears typically masculine colours and shades like blue, grey and black, but he’s not opposed to wearing pink. While pink is largely considered a feminine colour today, men can wear it just the same. Pink was once considered a manly colour because it is merely a light version of the masculine red. Ultimately, colours do not have genders and James Bond is no less of a man when he wears pink.
Like any other colour, pink can be found in different shades and different hues. Pinks can be a pale red, but they can also be towards purple on the colour spectrum where they are called ‘rose’ pinks. Some pinks may be towards orange on the spectrum and have a salmon hue. Pinks can be pale, they can be vibrant and they can be dusty.
Pink is mainly a summer colour for James Bond, but pink can be worn at any time of the year. Most of Bond’s pink clothing is from the four films released in the brief span of 1965 to 1971, but there is no reason why Bond could not wear pink again today.
001. The Solid Camp Shirt
James Bond’s first foray into wearing pink is a linen camp shirt on Sean Connery in Thunderball. The colour looks like a rose-pink on film, but in photographic stills it looks more like a true pink. The shirt pairs with light blue swim trunks for a rare colour-blocked look on Bond that gives him an iconic fashion for the mid 1960s. This shirt was the first of Sean Connery’s many camp shirts, a look that would define Connery’s warm-weather casual style in his Bond films.
002. The Gingham Camp Shirt and Swim Trunks
Sean Connery continues his theme of pink camp shirts in Thunderball with one in gingham for a memorable beach scene with Domino. He wears this one in a monochrome manner, matching the pink in the shirt to his pink swim trunks. Few men would attempt an all-pink outfit, but James Bond never loses his masculine cool in this look.
003. The Cocktail-Cuff Shirt
In You Only Live Twice, Sean Connery wears a smarter lightweight pink shirt that is made by Turnbull & Asser in the same style as his formal shirts with a wide spread collar and cocktail cuffs. Bond wears this shirt casually with a pair of dark grey tropical wool trousers and sandals to stay cool in Japan’s hot weather. This shirt, however, could just as easily be dressed up with a summer suit or blazer and a tie.
004. The Formal Shirt
George Lazenby wears James Bond’s most formal pink shirt in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. This shirt made by Frank Foster is in pale pink cotton poplin or end-on-end, and it has a semi-spread collar and button cuffs. He first wears it with his cream suit and later with his navy double-breasted blazer in a montage scene. With the cream suit it adds to the summery look, but with the blazer it shows how it can be worn year-round. While light blue is one of the standard colours for men’s shirts, there’s no reason why the equally versatile pink shouldn’t be just as popular.
005. The Satin Kipper Tie
One of most derided items of James Bond’s wardrobe is Sean Connery’s pink tie in Diamonds Are Forever. The colour isn’t the problem; its the excessively short length, worsened by the Windsor knot. The tie’s shape follows the ‘kipper’ style that London clothier Michael Fish first made popular in the late 1960s. It is Sean Connery’s only light-coloured tie of the entire series, which makes it stand out even more than the pink colour alone does. In being a solid, the tie still stays on brand for Connery’s Bond, but the silk satin’s shininess looks out of place with the sporty suit. A tie with texture like Connery’s usual grenadine and knitted ties would have been a superior choice. The pink tie pleasantly coordinates with the ecru suit and cream shirt for a light and airy desert look.
006. The Striped Tie
For a scene in Venice in Moonraker while dressed in one of his famous blue blazers, Roger Moore wears a striped tie that includes two different shades of pink. While one of the main stripe colours is a rose pink, there are also pale pink beaded stripes. The tie is colourfully fashionable for the 1970s, and it is likely of Italian or French origin. This tie also includes a rare example of James Bond wearing purple, a colour he wears even less frequently than pink.
007. The Velvet Dinner Jacket
This one isn’t exactly James Bond. Daniel Craig said goodbye to the role of James Bond at the No Time to Die world premiere wearing a double-breasted dinner jacket in pink velvet. The dinner jacket was made by Savile Row bespoke tailors Anderson & Sheppard, and the 15-oz cotton velvet is from Scabal. James Bond has never worn a pink tailored item so it sent fans into shock, who gave it a mixed reception. But this is Daniel Craig wearing a pink jacket, not James Bond, so there’s no need for him to stick to the James Bond look, even at a James Bond premiere.
An honourable mention goes to the solid black silk twill black tie in the final scenes of Spectre. The tie is from the brand Thomas Pink, so it could be called a ‘Pink tie’. The tie’s tipping and label are in the colour pink, but they are not seen on screen. It almost counts as James Bond wearing pink.