Gems: Bond Stuntman’s Leather Uniform

That title does not deceive you as there really is an item of clothing that combines multiple levels of awesomeness. A black Victorian hussar uniform made in leather for the James Bond stuntman Richard Graydon in the 1975 film Royal Flash.

The Jacket

The 36″ jacket (I am thrilled to have the body of a stuntman somehow)  is made from a synthetic sheepskin with a both intentionally and unintentionally distressed outer skin. It fastens with hook and eye fastening as well as frogged toggles, only one of which looked to be coming loose. The fit is incredible – literally recreating a period uniform in the bold material.

Richard Graydon

Graydon died in 2014 and the Telegraph published this in his obituary. “Graydon’s first outing as “007” came in 1969 when he doubled for George Lazenby, tobogganing down the Cresta Run at breakneck speed in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. In one terrifying sequence, in which Bond effects his escape from Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s mountaintop eyrie, Graydon was required to slide down, using a piece of chain, to a cable-car dangling over the abyss. “The drop was about 80 feet,” he recalled. “The only safety devices I had were two hooks in the palm of my hand attached to my safety belt. The difficulty was that ice had formed on the cable.”

He repeated the cable-car feat fighting Jaws ten years later, standing in for Roger Moore. He eventually performed in 10 Bond films in total. Royal Flash was the 1975 adaption of George MacDonald Fraser’s book of the same name from the Flashman Papers series in which he featured alongside Malcolm McDowell of A Clockwork Orange fame and Oliver Reed.

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