My 400th post features yet another one of the many blousons that Roger Moore wore in his 1980’s James Bond films. The navy zip-front blouson in Octopussy has a two-piece shirt collar and shirt-style pointed button cuffs. The front has a welt pocket on each side of the chest and square patch pockets below with buttoned flaps. There is also a front yoke with pleats coming out of the bottom of the yoke as well as a fly to cover the zip. The back of the jacket is made with a yoke and four pieces, which has three pleats at each side into the waistband at the bottom.
The flat front navy trousers have on-seam side pockets and a zipped welt pocket on the back, on the right. Though both the blouson and trousers are navy, they don’t perfectly match. The trousers are most likely cotton canvas, but the blouson could also be the same.
The lightweight white cotton voile shirt is made by Frank Foster in the same style as the formal shirts in the film, and it has a spread collar, rounded button cuffs with a large single button, and a front placket with stitching close to the centre. Moore wears his usual black slip-on shoes, which are a very odd choice for the assault on Kamal Khan’s palace. The stuntman wears lace-up shoes, which Moore should have been wearing too.
The combination of white shirt and navy trousers is a classic combination that James Bond wears for casual use in Ian Fleming’s novels:
“He dried himself and dressed in a white shirt and dark blue slacks. He hoped that she would be dressed as simply and he was pleased when, without knocking, she appeared in the doorway wearing a blue linen shirt which had faded to the colour of her eyes and a dark red skirt in pleated cotton.” (Casino Royale, Chapter 24)