Roger Moore’s Stone-Coloured Safari Suit from a Live and Let Die Still
James Bond actors often have clothes made for their Bond films that are either cut from the film’s wardrobe or are made to wear in promotional photography. For Live and Let Die, the dinner suit and ruffled shirt that don’t appear in the film were widely used in promotional photography to provide Moore with the expected Bond black tie uniform. Another outfit that was not used in the film and was used much less in promotional stills is a stone-coloured safari suit.
This still was sourced from Thunderballs.org and is the only place I have seen this still.
Roger Moore’s first safari clothes as James Bond appear in The Man with the Golden Gun. In that film he wears a cream tailored safari jacket as well as a green safari shirt. He wears both with non-matching trousers, and the matching safari suit of shirt-jacket and trousers wouldn’t appear until Moonraker. However, in a promotional still for Live and Let Die, Moore wears a safari suit of matching jacket and trousers in stone, which is a pale grey-beige. The Moonraker safari suit is a similar colour, though a shade darker.
The safari suit looks like it is made of cotton, which is a traditional safari suit material, and one that would keep one cool in a warm climate. This cotton looks like a lightweight gabardine.
The safari jacket from this suit is similar to the black silk leisure suit jacket from the Live and Let Die hang gliding scene as well as the cream safari jacket in The Man with the Golden Gun when Bond meets Lazar. Like both of those jackets, this is a structured garment with canvassing and shoulder padding, which means it was most likely made by Moore’s tailor at the time, Cyril Castle. The traditional safari jacket, on the other hand, is an unstructured shirt-jacket, which makes this jacket more of a fashion item rather than one to wear in the bush.
There are four black buttons down the front of the jacket, and the jacket has a straight front edge like a traditional safari jacket or military jacket. The shoulders are narrow and straight on the natural shoulder line. The collar is an exaggerated Prussian-style collar with a large collar and narrow lapels. The cuffs have a strap with a single button as well as a vent like on a regular jacket cuff. There are four rectangular patch pockets on the front with pointed button-down flaps as well as the classic safari-jacket shoulder straps. The rear style of a the jacket is a mystery.
The jacket also has a full belt with a buckle in front, which none of Moore’s safari clothes as Bond have. It brings a more traditional look to this garment, but it also draws more attention to it and makes it more cumbersome to wear.
The safari suit’s trousers have a slightly flared leg. They most likely follow the style of other trousers in the film with a darted front and cash pockets under the waistband.
Under the jacket, Moore accessorises this suit with items of clothes from Live and Let Die. He wears a cream cotton poplin shirt from Frank Foster with a semi-spread collar, two-button cocktail cuffs and a concealed front placket. His tie is a Royal Navy regimental striped tie from Benson & Clegg with a navy ground and narrow red and white stripes.
The shoes are black bit loafers from Gucci. They have an apron toe and a bit with the two ends connected by a round Gucci emblem in the middle. Brown or tan shoes would have been a better choice with this outift, but since it is just for promotional purposes Moore likely just wore the shoes he had to hand.