The Plaid Ski Jacket



In On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Bond finds a plaid wool ski jacket—or maybe it’s a ski lodge jacket—to wear over his blue ski suit. He wears it both for warmth and to hide from Irma Bunt and Blofeld’s henchmen. A bold plaid isn’t the ideal find for someone who is trying to keep unnoticed. Unlike the clothes Bond finds in Quantum of Solace, this jacket is not a perfect fit. It’s a size too large. The plaid wool is in black, white, purple and orange. The jacket appears to have three grey leather-covered buttons on the front, from the top down to the waist. I would have guessed a coat like this would have a fourth button below the waist, but another button could limit movement when skiing since there isn’t a vent. There are also buttoned straps on the sleeves, slash pockets that are good for hand-warming, and a belt in the back. For additional warmth the jacket has a beige quilted lining.



  1. I’m glad to see that Bond’s “found” clothes don’t fit him. I know it’s just a movie, but I sometimes think it’s weird that characters always find perfect fitting clothes when they need them. Bond never has luggage, but always has a spare tux to whip out when stumbling into a casino.

    • That’s not true that Bond never has luggage. Bond has luggage in many films, including Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, GoldenEye and Quantum of Solace. And there are probably more instances of Bond with luggage that I’m missing.

  2. To be honest, Matt, I don’t think this is a jacket intended for skiing, at all. The material, wool, apart from anything else, wouldn’t appear right. It always seemed, to my eye, to be a type of workman’s jacket, like what they used to call a “donkey jacket”, although these were usual a plain black or navy. Lazenby picked it up somewhere just for extra warmth after all. Ugliness of the jacket aside the scenes here are some of the best and most authentic in what was one of the most authentic and human movies of the entire series. Time is overdue for another viewing, especially given the current season.

  3. I would think that standing in a crowd, that plaid coat would be better than just the bright blue jacket that Blofeld’s henchmen had already seen Bond wearing…

    My girlfriend and I were just noticing this weekend that we’re seeing a lot more people wearing plaid, and that led to a discussion about the resurgence of 90s fashion. This summer saw crop tops come back in a huge way, and for the last two years I’ve seen a lot of the denim shorts with high rolled hems/dark tights/boots combo. But those are both trends for women; I’ve not seen any 90s influence on men’s fashion yet. The type of coat in this article was very popular for a while in the 90s, although I seem to recall them almost always having zippers. Perhaps we’ll skip the grunge items and go straight to things like this coat..?

  4. The jacket is not a donkey jacket but a barn jacket. Used for outdoor work and warmth in the US and Europe (it would be a Barbour or Husky if in the UK) usually worn over work or active clothing. Loose and capacious it is cut for easy movement. From memory Lazenby dons it after the fight scene in the cow-bell-barn and uses it to disguise the slim blue ski suit. The casual cut also helps him fit into the crowd before being found by Tracy.


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