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Fred Perry polo shirt

James Bond wears a navy Fred Perry polo shirt and white Jantzen shorts in Thunderball.
James Bond wears a navy Fred Perry polo shirt and white Jantzen shorts in Thunderball.
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Fred Perry Shirt, style no. M3, Navy
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James Bond (Sean Connery) wears a navy Fred Perry shirt with a white embroidered Fred Perry laurel logo in the movie Thunderball (1965).

Bond wears the shirt together with white Jantzen shorts when he gets picked up by Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi) in her blue Ford Mustang.

There are many variations of the original shirt, for example with white lines on the collar, lines or dot-patterns on the shirt or different colour logos, but the original, plain navy Fred Perry polo with white Laurel Wreath logo can be purchased online on the Fred Perry website.

The shirt is called Original Fred Perry Shirt, style no. M3, Navy (colour code 795). This M3 model is Made in England.

There is a cheaper model available, style no. M6000, Navy (colour code 608) which is a slim fit and Made in China.

Buy the M3 model here:

 Shop now at END (£89)

 Shop now at END USA ($105)

Also available on Fred Perry US or UK.

Buy the cheaper M6000 (slim fit) model here:

 Shop now at END (£69)

 Shop now at END USA ($79)

You can also find the plain M3000 shirt on ($85). 

About Fred Perry
Fred Perry was a very successful tennis player, and the first player to win all Grand Slam singles titles. In the late 1940s, Fred Perry and Tibby Wegner, an Austrian footballer, created the first sweatband under the Fred Perry name. Wegner's next idea was to produce a sports shirt, which was to be made from white knitted cotton pique with short sleeves and a buttoned placket like René Lacoste's shirts.

Launched at Wimbledon in 1952, the Fred Perry tennis shirt was an immediate success. The white tennis shirt was only supplemented in the late 50s when mods began demanding more varied colour palettes. The Fred Perry shirt became the garment of choice for diverse groups of teenagers throughout the 1960s and 70s, ranging from the skinheads to the Northern soul scene. The brand's logo is a laurel wreath, based on the original symbol for Wimbledon. The logo, which appears on the left breast of a garment, is stitched into the fabric of the shirt.

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I recently purchased a shirt that looked similar. I bought it because of the Bond connection, and get into that Thunderball look. I also want to get a matching blue camp shirt and trousers like he wore when he met Q in Nassau. Wish me luck!

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