He Wore Blue Velvet

In 1971, Sean Connery appeared in what was sadly his last outing as our favourite double-O agent who was always dressed to kill and gave birth to the Conduit Cut suit. This was of course in Diamonds Are Forever, whereby after many a plot twist, sparkling scenes and cases of mistaken identities, he eventually (or supposedly) despatches Ernst Stavro Blofeld in a pyrotechnic splendour.  

"Diamonds Are Forever" was Connery's last official shot at the 007 role.

Despite it being his last hurrah, the costume director didn’t disappoint at any stage stylistically. Connery’s wares were perfect – beautifully cut jackets from exuberant fabrics, paired with trousers and accessories that did nothing but elevate his ensembles – time after time. But, it’s in his final scene in which we see him in something that’s particularly of note: a single-breasted, shawl-lapel, midnight-navy velvet jacket made by Anthony Sinclair.

With Jill St. John who plays the female lead as Tiffany Case.

Almost 50 years later, it’s still a classic and perennial look and for that reason, we’ve recreated it and now offer it as made-to-order but we also have some ready-to-wear in limited stock that’s available before Christmas and comes under our Mason & Sons tailoring line. Bespoke is, of course, available through Anthony Sinclair. 

Anthony Sinclair transforming Sean Connery into 007.

This final ensemble we see Connery in is actually the third evening-wear look of the film. First, we see him in an ivory dinner jacket in a casino in Las Vegas. Later, he’s in traditional black-tie and just before ‘popping upstairs for a moment’ (aka scaling the outside of the Whyte-House casino-cum-hotel) he plucks a red rose from a vase and nonchalantly places it in the lapel of his jacket (we recommend the latter, not the former). While the final scene, which is a private and celebratory dinner on the upper-decking of a cruise ship with his conquest, Tiffany Case, Connery’s style is still razor-sharp and a little bit daring. It’s a succinct summary of himself, you could say.

"For such a grand meal, I'd expect a claret."

For clarity, the jacket he wears in this scene shouldn’t be confused with a smoking jacket, as it doesn’t feature the signature tells of silk grosgrain-facing lapels. It’s simply a velvet jacket that’s immensely versatile, straddles the line between formal and casual, and therefore should act as a foundational staple of your wardrobe. It’s easily passable for black-tie events that have some leniency in the rules – whereas if you’re dining with Her Majesty, we encourage you to abide word-for-word with the dress code – but can be worn at informal dinners at home and cocktail parties that require some stylistic decorum. 

Bond's romantic and private dinner is interrupted by Mr. Wint. 

To complement the midnight navy velvet jacket, which also has slanted flap pockets, one velvet-faced button to close and four matching buttons on the cuffs, and mimic in some ways its more casual nature, he wears a pale blue shirt with a concealed placket – it doesn’t have a pleated bib or a ruffled front – and comes with cocktail cuffs which are again a signature Bond-touch.

For the rest of our evening-wear offering, take a look at our accessories and footwear options and just a reminder, we have limited stock in ready-to-wear that can reach you before Christmas or in time for your New Years celebrations.

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