Anthony Sinclair

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Anthony Sinclair Conduit suit
photo © Anthony Sinclair

photo © Anthony Sinclair
Sean Connery and Anthony Sinclair
photo © Anthony Sinclair

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Connery wears Anthony Sinclair barleycorn tweed hacking jacket and plain front, cavalry twill trousers with frogmouth pockets.
photo © United Artists, Danjaq LLC

Tailor Anthony Sinclair provided the suits for Sean Connery in the first Bond movies Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger (including the famous three-piece suit), You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever.

Terence Young, the director of Dr. No, turned to his own tailor Anthony Sinclair to oversee the transformation of the then unknown Sean Connery into the suave and stylish character that prevails in our minds today. For the shirts and ties, they went to Terence Young's own bespoke shirtmaker Turnbull & Asser where Bond got his signature shirts with double cuffs.

Connery was not used to wearing suits at the time and it is said that Young had him wear the suits around the clock, even to the extent of sleeping in them, in order to have him feel totally natural when filming began.

In the late 1950's Anthony Sinclair had created a classic, pared down shape, which became known as the Conduit Cut (named after his original Mayfair premises at 43 Conduit Street, just off Savile Row). The choice of materials and colours were restricted; lightweight worsted in navy, shades of grey and subtle Glen Urquhart checks or stripes. The Conduit suit is still available today.

One of the most iconic Bond suits is the three-piece suit worn by Bond in Goldfinger. Read the article "Getting the Anthony Sinclair three-piece suit from Goldfinger" for more information and photos.

In order to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin in 2013, Anthony Sinclair has produced its very first piece of ready-to-wear tailoring - a reproduction of the Cavalry Twill trousers worn by Sean Connery as he navigates his Aston around the Swiss Alps during a scene from Goldfinger. Read more about these trousers here or order them online at AnthonySinclair.com.

When Sinclair retired, his shears were handed down to his apprentice, Richard W. Paine, who continues to work for the company today, maintaining the standard of exemplary quality and style set by the master.

George Lazenby wore an Anthony Sinclair suit at his casting for the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

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Comments

We should specify that these 'double cuffs' are not your regular French cuffs, but a design developed and known as a 'cocktail cuff'.
I don't believe we see these after the Connery (and perhaps early Moore) tenure, but I associate these with Bond style all the way.

In Spain they are called musketeer cuffs and worn by a few number of insiders. We certainly do look sad when readymade T&Asser shirts reach a shop vitrine and after due prospection lacks the double cufflinkless buttonless cuff...

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