For his trip to the Bahamas in Thunderball, Bond brings a shawl-collar midnight blue dinner jacket in mohair with midnight satin silk trimmings and buttons. The trousers have a matching midnight satin stripe down each leg. The jacket has a 1-button front, jetted pockets, 4-button cuffs and no vents in the back, so it’s a traditional dinner jacket all the way. Now why didn’t Bond wear a white dinner jacket? That was saved for Largo, to make him stand out as the bad guy. Bond wears a white-on-white striped dress shirt with a spread collar, 2-button turnback cuffs, and a placket with mother of pearl buttons. The slim, batwing bow tie is made in black satin silk, so there is a slight mismatch with the jacket’s trimmings.
This dinner jacket was sold at Bonhams in Knightsbridge on 6 March 2007 for £33,600. This piece was not made by Connery’s usual tailor, Anthony Sinclair, but by famous costumer M. Berman, who made many clothes for other actors in the Bond series. This suit is cut cleaner and trimmer than Sinclair’s suits, but it still has the same overall look. According to the listing, the jacket has a burgundy satin lining, and the jacket was altered for use in later productions. One of the alterations included the addition of black silk gauntlet cuffs like Connery wore on his dinner jacket in Dr. No and From Russia With Love. They call it black in the description, but midnight blue is meant to look black under artificial lighting. The uninformed cannot tell them apart. There’s also the possibility that the dinner jacket at the auction is not what it claims to be.