The Second Dinner Suit—Stalking in From Russia with Love


Bond is introduced to us in Dr. No wearing a midnight blue shawl-collar dinner suit. In the From Russia With Love pre-title sequence, James Bond (or rather a man wearing a James Bond mask) wears a very similar dinner suit from Anthony Sinclair, though it is not the same one as I previously though it was. The dinner jacket has a single-button front, jetted pockets and satin gauntlet cuffs with four buttons. The shawl collar is narrower and has less belly than the Dr. No dinner suit, giving this dinner suit a more modern look. It’s difficult to tell if this one has vents, but it probably does not. The trousers have double forward pleats.

The dress shirt has a front with 1/4-inch pleats, mother-of-pearl buttons down the placket, a spread collar and double cuffs. The placket is stitched 1/4-inch from the edge to match the pleats. The style of pleats and placket stitching means that this shirt is likely to be from a shirtmaker other than Turnbull & Asser, and this may be from director Terence Young’s other shirtmaker Lanvin, whom he often spoke of. The bow-tie is also different from the Dr. No bow tie. Instead of the pointed ends from before, this bow-tie is a narrow batwing shape with straight ends, which was a very trendy look in the early 1960s. Bond again wears a white linen handkerchief folded in his breast pocket.

Sean Connery wears this outfit in many promotional photos for From Russia with Love, most memorably photos where he poses with the Walther LP-53 air gun. In a few full-body photos we can see his shoes, which are the same black calf three-eyelet cap-toe derby shoes that he wears with his suits in the film.


  1. The shirt was from Lanvin? I didn’t know that. The collar looks the same as T&A’s classic English spread.

    It’s funny the details one notices upon a second viewing. Bond’s doppelganger has very little expression and his makeup looks almost doll-like, which helps sell the “realistic” latex mask that is removed at the reveal.

    • Huh? Clearly It’s all Sean Connery until the final moment the mask is pulled from the dead man’s face.

      • I don’t think either one of us meant to suggest otherwise. I’ve made some changes in the article thanks to a reader who corrected me on a few points.

  2. Iconic. Along with the Somerset suit later in this movie, this is, to me, the lasting sartorial image of Sean Connery, at his peak, as James Bond.

    How do people feel about vents on dinner suits? Bond seems to wear them with vents quite a bit.

    • But then, how did they get an exact mould of his face? Suspension of disbelief is required if one examines many details of James Bond movies…

      Plain and simple, it was a gag to make the audience think that Bond had died and show that Red Grant was quite a match for him.

  3. Matt,

    I know this topic was mentioned before by myself and others but given this subject matter, here is an appropriate enough forum to wherein raise it again; the two dinner suits featured in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker and again the one in For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy appeared to be very similar models and almost certainly produced, in both cases by the same tailor. Do you think they were reused in both cases or did the tailors in question just construct similar suits for the two successive movies concerned?

  4. I’m curious… How did you get all the details and differences between the two dinner suits Matt? I rewatched From Russia With Love recently, and I couldn’t make out any details of that suit. It all looked black to me. Would this have been the same suit used in the promotional images for the film?


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