The Soviet Ambassador Lysenko (excellently played by Joss Ackland) is wearing a red, flag-shaped lapel pin. The President’s National Security Advisor Mr. Pelt (also excellently portrayed by Richard Jordan) is likewise wearing a US flag lapel pin.
As seen in Ryan’s briefcase while he’s packing in the opening credits:
“I’m not an agent, I just write books for the CIA.”
Identified the fonts, set the type, estimated the size of the book from a scan, and recreated the wonky graphic of the hammer & sickle. Find a donor book, about 256 pages thick, about 6.25 x 9.25 inches, or make a dummy. Trim along the trim lines, or leave the left side untrimmed to wrap around the spine and back. Print on glossy or semi-gloss white or very light tan heavy paper.
I’d never noticed these until my latest viewing. The senior officers have ‘parade caps’ which they almost never wear. Here we can see Dr. Petrov wearing his during the evacuation after the ‘reactor accident:’
And here are Borodin and Ramius with theirs, which appear identical with the exception of additional gold wreaths on the bill:
Note that these appear to be using the same badge as the ushankas, and the buttons holding the braid appear to be the same as the smaller Soviet naval buttons.
Seen very briefly inside Jack Ryan’s briefcase as he is packing in the opening credits is this small paperback book titled “Tactics” and subtitled “A Soviet View.”
This is a real book, and was edited by V. G. Reznichenko, published in Moscow in 1984 (as “Taktika”), and translated and republished by the USAF in 1987 (printed by the GPO?), apparently with the approval of the Soviet Union.
This was apparently intended for officers of the Soviet Army and military academy students.
Ironically, since this was printed in 1987, Ryan couldn’t have had a copy in 1984.
OK, I’ve had this done for a while, but I’m only about half-way through acquiring my own ribbons. I thought I’d throw this out there while there was still time for any of you who might be making your own Ramius costumes to find & buy the ribbons.
I started with this old auction photo, which, as far as I can tell is a match to Ramius’ uniform:
Will there be other products in the future? Well, I probably can’t slap the English titlecard art up there. I’m not totally confidant in my Russian translation of “Red October” either, as Google translate gives me two slightly different wordings :(
HOWEVER, if you wish me to add the faux anechoic tile pattern to the white text, just ask :)