Dinner with Kamal Khan

Octopussy Black Dinner SuitIn Octopussy, James Bond dresses for a dinner with Kamal Khan in a black notched lapel dinner suit by Douglas Hayward. One of Kamal Khan’s men fetched it from the closet in Bond’s hotel room, since it was previously seen hanging there between the white dinner jacket and safari jacket. The notched lapel dinner jacket has appeared a few times throughout the Bond series, often in more intimate settings like here. This outfit recalls the notched lapel black dinner suit Sean Connery wears in Goldfinger at a private dinner. The jacket is a button one, cut with a clean chest and natural shoulders. It has jetted pockets, double vents and 3-button cuffs. The buttons are made of black horn. This dinner suit is almost identical to the one worn two years earlier in For Your Eyes Only, with the biggest difference being the lapel width. The lapels in For Your Eyes Only extend two thirds of the way across to the sleeves whilst the lapels in Octopussy have the classic width of being just a bit more than halfway across.

Octopussy Black Dinner SuitMoore wears a cream pleat-front dress shirt with a spread collar, double cuffs and regular mother of pearl buttons down the placket, made by Frank Foster . The bow-tie is a classic thistle shape in black satin silk to match the lapels. Though we can’t see it, Moore is probably wearing a cummerbund since he wore one with the white dinner jacket earlier in the film, as well as with the very similar black dinner suit in For Your Eyes Only.

4 thoughts on “Dinner with Kamal Khan

  1. Timelessly elegant. Any idea of the suit’s material, Matt? It appears to have a slight lustre which might suggest an element of mohair in the cloth’s composition.

  2. Roger can make anything look good…I just love his more traditional, and more conservative styled suits from the 1981-1985 era.

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