In Woman of Straw, Sean Connery wears a pair of light blue swimming shorts that are now well-known because of Designing 007 at the Barbican last year. The shorts were hardly seen in the film, but a still (pictured below) of Connery wearing them was found, and Sunspel recreated them for the Barbican show since they were mistakenly thought to have been worn in Thunderball. After all, when you see a photo of mid-1960s Sean Connery wearing swimming trunks you first think of Thunderball. Nobody working on Designing 007 thought to check the film to see if he actually wears these. They’re missing the button-down belt loops that define Connery’s Jantzen swim shorts in Thunderball. These shorts might have more in common with the From Russia With Love swimming trunks, which have a similar front pocket.
These swim shorts are arguably more elegant and more refined than any that Connery wore in the Bond films. The original shorts have a medium-low rise, an inseam of about 3 inches, an extended waistband closure, and a set-in pocket on the front right with a button-down flap. There is a small round cutout at the at the bottom of the side of each leg. The waist is fitted without a belt. On top Connery wears a light blue shirt with a spread collar and the cuffs rolled up. The bottom is cut with a vent at each side. Jantzen, who made Connery’s swim shorts for Thunderball, may have made these swim shorts since they resemble examples Jantzen made in the early 60s.