The flannel suit is something not often found off the rack in stores today. Most people are looking for lightweight suits and flannel is usually a heavier fabric (it’s not very robust in lighter weights). Flannel is also much too warm to wear in today’s over-heated offices, not only because of it’s heavy weight but because it has a thick nap that keeps in body heat. James Bond wears this dark grey flannel three-piece suit made by Anthony Sinclair to a funeral in Thunderball. The scene takes place in France, and we can assume it’s fairly cold weather from the fact that Bond is carrying with him a hat and topcoat.
The jacket is Sean Connery’s usual button two with narrow lapels, this time with no vents and jetted pockets. The cuffs, as usual, close with four buttons. The trousers have the typical double forward-pleated front with Daks tops. The bottoms are finished with turn-ups like in the first two Bond films. The waistcoat here is something different. It has six buttons, all of which close, and the bottom is cut straight across. It almost resembles a cardigan.
The Turnbull & Asser shirt is mid blue with a spread collar, a narrow front placket and cocktail cuffs. The tie is a black grenadine, the perfect funeral tie and most appropriate for this scene. Bond’s shoes are a black short boot that we will cover in more detail tomorrow.
You may notice a continuity error when Bond puts on the jet pack: his cocktail cuffs become double cuffs, and when he lands he is wearing cocktail cuffs again.