In For Your Eyes Only, Bond wears two bathrobes aboard the research vessel Triana. After being painfully pulled through the water in his t-shirt and cotton trousers, Bond dons the most comfortable thing he can: a terrycloth bathrobe. Bond has worn terrycloth bathrobes starting in Dr. No, but they are likely never his own. This one his most likely found in a closet on the ship. The prussian blue terrycloth has a pile of very long, absorbent loops that dry him and keep him warm. It’s not luxurious but it serves its purpose. The robe has raglan sleeves and a shawl collar, and there are three stripes of the cloth missing the pile around the collar. Though we don’t see much of this bathrobe, it most certainly has a belt around the waist, and it probably has patch pockets under the belt.
The second robe is a more lavish white velour, the kind you might find in the closet at a luxury hotel. Velour is knitted and has a fine cut pile, which is very soft but not so absorbent. Some are lined in terrycloth to be a more absorbent bathrobe, but if not it’s great for lounging around. Like a more classic dressing gown it has a shawl collar, a belted waist, a patch breast pocket, two patch pockets below the belt and set-in sleeves with turnback cuffs. Like the blue bathrobe, this robe is most likely not Bond’s own and probably belonged to Sir Timothy Havelock, the owner of the Triana.
Most men don’t travel with dressing gowns and instead wear the ones provided by the hotels they stay at. More often than not, the dressing gowns Bond wears are not his own. Some are nicer than others, and the one Bond wears in his hotel suite in San Monique is one of the more luxurious ones. It’s a rather nice dressing gown for one provided by a hotel, and even better hotels typically only provide basic terrycloth robes since they can easily be washed in hot water with the towels. This is a traditional dressing gown with a shawl collar and belt, and it has a breast and two hip patch pockets. Bond turns back the cuffs, which have a short vent at the end. The dressing gown is made from a dark blue plush material with a simple light blue embroidered paisley design. The pattern looks dated now, but not terribly so. It’s a suitable dressing gown for a 1973 James Bond.
When at Shrublands helath clinic in Thunderball, Bond wears some towelling clothes provided by the clinic. His pale blue dressing gown has a narrow shawl collar, a patch breast pocket and a belted waist. It’s clearly not Bond’s own dressing gown due to it not fitting him so well, and the shoulders extend down his arms. The sleeves extend past the elbow, though if the shoulders fit properly the sleeves would end above the elbow. The length is a few inches above the knee, shorter than the typical dressing gown.
Under the dressing gown Bond wears a beige towel wrap around his waist. The wrap has an elasticised waistband that closes at the side and a patch pocket on the front.
Roger Moore is introduced as Bond in a dressing gown and pyjamas. Live and Let Die was a big movie for dressing gowns (with Bond wearing three total). The half-sleeve cotton dressing gown is pale yellow with a subtle floral motif and red piping. The yellow is characteristic of the 1970s and even matches Bond’s bedding. But it’s still not quite as outdated as Bond’s kitchen. The dressing gown has a shawl collar and a belted waist. The breast pocket is monogrammed “J.B.” in burgundy silk, so you may notice the monogramme does not match the piping. The dressing gown is lined in yellow silk.
The pyjama bottoms match the dressing gown. The dressing gown and pyjamas came from Washington Tremlett Ltd., The store was then located at 41 Conduit St. in London right next door to Moore’s tailor Cyril Castle, who was located at 42 Conduit St.
Bond also wears purple velvet Prince Albert slippers, also monogrammed. The monogram is in gold thread and the slippers have light purple piping. All three pieces of this outfit together were sold at Christie’s in South Kensington on 14 February 2001 for £7,050.
In the final scene of Live and Let Die, Bond wears a dressing gown in a terrycloth with a short pile. It has a base in white and red, which may have been achieved by using a white pile with a red ground. It has thick navy windowpane with a thinner red windowpane offset on top. The dressing gown has a shawl collar, set-in sleeves, a belt tied around the waist, and two patch pockets below the belt. Bond rolls back the cuffs, showing that the terry cloth is double-sided.
Most of the villains in the Bond films have expensive tastes, and Bond occasionally enjoys borrowing their things: their vehicles, their champagne, their women, and their clothing. At the end of The Man With The Golden Gun, Bond escapes from Scaramanga’s Island in his junk and puts on Scaramanga’s luxurious black silk dressing gown. It’s a basic dressing gown with a shawl collar and a belt. It is lined in a white fabric, probably also silk. Now that Scaramanga is dead, he won’t mind Bond wearing his clothes, though I’m not sure I would care to wear another man’s dressing gown. Hopefully it’s clean!
In Goldfinger, Bond wears a black and white nailhead dressing gown in his hotel suite at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. The dressing gown has turn-back cuffs and a shawl collar with black piping. There is a jetted pocket on the left side of the chest. The dressing gown reaches below the knee and is tied around the waist with a belt. There appears to be some type of design or logo on the each end of the belt. Underneath the dressing gown Bond wears light blue pyjama bottoms. The pyjama bottoms have an elastic waist, tied with a white drawstring. Jill Masterson wears Bond’s matching pajama top.