The Monogrammed Dressing Gown in Live and Let Die

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Roger Moore is introduced as Bond in a dressing gown and pyjamas. Live and Let Die was a big movie for dressing gowns (with Bond wearing three total). The half-sleeve cotton dressing gown is pale yellow with a subtle floral motif and red piping. The yellow is characteristic of the 1970s and even matches Bond’s bedding. But it’s still not quite as outdated as Bond’s kitchen. The dressing gown has a shawl collar and a belted waist. The breast pocket is monogrammed “J.B.” in burgundy silk, so you may notice the monogram does not match the piping. The dressing gown is lined in yellow silk.

The pyjama trousers match the dressing gown. The dressing gown and pyjamas came from Washington Tremlett Ltd., The store was then located at 41 Conduit St. in London right next door to Moore’s tailor Cyril Castle, who was located at 42 Conduit St.

Bond also wears purple velvet Prince Albert slippers, also monogrammed. The monogram is in gold thread and the slippers have light purple piping. All three pieces of this outfit together were sold at Christie’s in South Kensington on 14 February 2001 for £7,050.

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  1. It's amazing what details blu-ray can bring out. I never noticed the floral pattern before and the monogram on the breast pocket seemed to match the piping just fine on my VHS copy. Perhaps it's time to upgrade after all these years.

  2. That's a very nice robe, but I am not sure how I feel about James Bond wearing a pale yellow floral motif. This is probably a prime example of the lead actor making a difference, as I cannot imagine Connery, had he taken the offer to return for Live and Let Die, wearing that.

  3. Mike Brady was the dad on the American 1969-1974 television show The Brady Bunch. The character was an architect who designed the then modern house they lived in. I think Bond's kitchen is actually worse.

  4. How do you know he was wearing purple velvet slippers? I'm not doubting you, its just pretty much impossible to see during the movie, unless I missed a split second.

  5. The slippers were sold at action along with the robe. There is a wide shot when Bond walks out of his bedroom where you can see the slippers. The auction listing confirmed the details.

  6. I hope Skyfall will offer us a chance to see a modern interpretation of Bond's Chelsea flat. Such a glimpse into our hero's personal life has been lacking from the film series for a long time, despite being a staple of the novels. I'm particularly interested to see his closet!

  7. I happen to think his kitchen is amazing. Not everything has to be plain and ‘country’. I’m an interior designer by trade and use this kitchen as an inspiration all the time. I’m surprised that so many ‘tasteful’ people can convince themselves of anything from the 60s/70s was ‘ugly’.

    • I agree – love the kitchen and the stainless steel “expresso” machine, probably revolutionary at the time!

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