Is this the best James Bond disguise outfit from the entire series? I think so. This reversible Tweed/Military Jacket from Octopussy is one of my favourites from the entire series and here are some close up photos taken from my visit to the Bond in Motion exhibition in London.


Footnote – I am transposing this article from my other blog Human Research as it will be more appropriate to live on this site.

military jacket in octopussy

Further reading

If you’re interested in learning more about this reversible jacket or any other James Bond outfits then I’ll refer you to the authority on this subject, Matt Spaiser who runs Bond Suits. I won’t be transposing his work here but I can add a little more detail now that I’ve seen the garment close up.

roger moore octopussy in a military jacket pretitles

Taken from Thunderballs – The unofficial James Bond picture archive.

Close up

The brown tweed sports jacket is a herringbone pattern with double vents. On the reverse Matt says it’s a single vent for the military jacket, which I’m assuming is true. They must have used a different jacket for the military scenes. You can also note there are three resin buttons on the sleeve.

Read our interview with costume designer for Octopussy, Emma Porteous and her work on the James Bond films in the book From Tailors With Love: An Evolution of Menswear Through the Bond Films, available on Amazon.

Herringbone pattern on the reversible military jacket


Again I’ll refer you to Matt Spaiser’s site on this one that goes into very fine detail. However, there is some discussion on whether the buttons are covered or not. Had I known this was a topic of contingency I would have paid closer inspection.

Casino royale tuxedo

Spot the difference

I’ve added some close-up pictures which are far from conclusive but I believe they are covered. Notice we are now missing two on the left sleeve. Where I differ from Matts review is that he mentions that the lapels are slightly on the narrow side, I would possibly say the opposite. Maybe a 3″ – 3.5″ lapel width isn’t narrow in my book.

close of cuffs on casino royale tuxedo

Coming up on the podcast

‘You changed your shirt Mr Bond.’ – Le Chiffre. Well he could hardly carry on with all this claret on his lovely Turnbull & Asser shirt. But did he get back into the same tux I wonder? Or did he have to settle for the dinner jacket that wasn’t the latter?

Matt and I will be discussing the costumes from Octopussy in an upcoming episode of From Tailors With Love. Check out all the episodes on the Podcast Page.

James Bond tuxedo


Tickets to the Bond in Motion exhibition cost £14.50 they also offer Student Discount and 65+ for £9.50. UPDATE: Oct ’21 Bond in Motion is no longer in Covent Garden. It is now part of the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. More information can be found on the official 007 site.