The Zorin Industries Blouson in A View to a Kill

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To blend in at Max Zorin’s mine in A View to a Kill, James Bond discards his brown leather blouson for a Zorin Industries blouson that he steals. The waist-length, zip-front, lightly padded Zorin Industries blouse jacket is essentially a bomber jacket. It looks teal-grey in the film, though in most promotional stills the jacket looks blue-grey, in a cool shade similar to air force blue. It is either made of cotton or a cotton blend with nylon or polyester. The zip fastening is brass.

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Except for a small portion in front, the jacket’s hem is ribbed and elasticised to fit closely around the top of the hips. The cuffs are also ribbed and elasticised. The ribbed stand-up collar has a tab sewn on the left side, which can extend across the neck and button on the opposite side. Bond leaves the collar open with the tab folded back and held in place with a button. The front of the jacket has four patch pockets with pointed flaps secured with poppers. The top edge of the pockets slopes downward to the outside. The bottom two pockets take up the entire bottom half of the jacket, as seams just below the flaps across the waist in front would indicate.

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The back of the blouson has the Zorin Industries logo on a large patch. The logo is a large “Z” with a white outline, and it has a diagonal lowercase “i” inside it. The “Z” sits on a green circle that has an inset white border. Bond steals a grey hard hat, which also has the Zorin Industries logo on the front.

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Under the Zorin blouson, Bond wears the same outfit that he wears under his brown leather blouson in the preceding scenes. His ice blue shirt, which is probably made of oxford cloth, is made by Frank Foster and has a button-down collar, front placket with the stitching close to the centre and rounded, single-button cuffs.

The dark, cool brown flannel trousers are without pleats and have wide legs with plain bottoms. The socks are dark brown to match the trousers. The trousers are worn with a black leather belt, and the shoes are black slip-ons with a moccasin toe, half strap and leather soles, Moore’s usual shoes. Brown shoes would have been a better match for the brown trousers and casual nature of the outfit, but the black shoes don’t clash since the trousers are a very cool brown.

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    • Cool brown has more blue in it than ordinary warmer browns. It’s similar to umber. It’s more grey and does not look like a red, yellow or orange like many browns do. The trousers in the film look more like a warm dark grey in most shots, though in certain lighting (like on top of the Golden Gate Bridge as well as in the still you sent me a while back) the brown comes out too much for me to call this warm dark grey rather than cool brown.

    • Matt, thanks for the explanation and apologies for the delay in response. In these stills they definitely look grey and its hard to make out any brown element although, as you say, in the photograph from the book which I sent you some time back they seemed largely brown and it was hard to see the grey element. Unusual and not a colour I’ve encountered often. Seems a little akin to taupe (which always seems as some mix of grey and brown to me) although darker than this shade here.

  1. Mine is grey with a hint of green. It’s a copy of a USAF cold weather jacket made by Cobles Clothing Division. Its 100% cotton shell and lining. Its called the Jacket Intermediate Cold Weather. I can give you the stock no and contract no if it helps.

  2. My final contribution on foot of this post; at the ceremony in January 1985 opening the renamed Albert R. Broccoli Stage in Pinewood and during the final weeks of shooting on AVTAK, Moore appears on stage in the same trousers and shirt and shoes as with both this and the leather blouson and wearing this jacket https://www.bondsuits.com/arrival-in-cortina-dampezzo/ accompanied by a red scarf and brown gloves. Can’t find any images online although there are many in various publications over the years.

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