A year before returning to the role of James Bond in Never Say Never Again, Sean Connery starred as reporter Patrick Hale in the 1982 film Wrong Is Right, also known as The Man with the Deadly Lens. An excellent supporting cast that includes Robert Conrad, Leslie Nielsen, Hardy Krüger, Ron Moody and many other great actors appear in this occasionally thrilling political satire that is just as relevant in today’s world as it was in 1982. Throughout the film, Connery wears American takes on outfits that Connery wore as James Bond, including a medium grey suit with a white shirt and a dark grey tie, a charcoal suit with a white shirt and a black tie, a brown gun club check jacket with medium grey trousers and a black polo neck, and a navy blazer, which is perhaps the most Bond-like of all of Connery’s outfits in the Wrong Is Right.
Sean Connery’s navy blazer is made in the ‘updated American’ style that dominated American ready-to-wear that remained virtually unchanged for roughly thirty years from 1980 to 2010 and is still widely available. Developed in the 1960s, the updated American style adds front darts and more shoulder padding to the boxier Ivy League style whilst removing its vestigial top third button that the lapels fold over. Connery’s blazer follows this style with a button two front in a medium button stance, straight shoulders with padding and the most subtly roped sleeve heads (natural sleeve heads are most common on updated American jackets), a lean chest, and a gently suppressed waist. The jacket has all of the classic details for an updated American-style blazer: swelled edges, flapped patch pockets on the hips, a welt breat pocket, a single vent and three buttons on each cuff. The blazer’s buttons are shiny brass.
Though the blazer’s lapels are the balanced, timeless width that returned to fashion in the conservative 1980s, the blazer has a 1970s-esque fancy red paisley-patterned lining that can be seen through the cuffs.
Like with his blazers in the James Bond films, Connery wears dark grey flannel trousers. The trousers follow the style of the time with a plain front and straight legs with plain hems, and they are worn with a belt.
Connery’s medium blue semi-solid shirt is likely pinpoint oxford. The shirt’s button-down collar has a lot of tie space and a gentle roll. The cuffs have a single button and rounded corners. The shirt likely has a breast pocket and centre box pleat in back since these details can be found on Connery’s other shirts in the film and are the standard details on an American button-down shirt.
With the blazer, Connery wears a navy crocheted silk tie with a chunkier texture than an ordinary knitted tie. It likely has straight ends. He ties it in a bulky Windsor knot, and the knot is too big for the collar even though the collar has plenty of tie space. Connery’s shoes are black lace-ups, which are probably oxfords.