Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan

Updated January 30th, 2021 – The Quantum of Solace black shawl collar cardigan that Bond wore with his Levi’s STA-Prest jeans and Church’s Ryder III suede chukkas during his visit to Mathis’s villa quickly became an iconic sweater. The QoS version was provided by Tom Ford, but Bond wore a similar cardigan in Casino Royale. And Daniel Craig’s character in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo also sported one.

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Features Wanted for the Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan   
  • Shawl collar style
  • Rib knit texture
  • Black leather buttons
  • Two front, patch-style pockets

 

Best Option for the Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan  
Simons Le 31 Organic Cotton Shawl Collar Cardigan in Black: $69.00

Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan alternative

A new alternative on this (very old!) block. And it certainly hits a lot of the right style notes! Coming to us from the venerable Canadian retailer, it uses a 100% organic cotton yarn and includes contrasting knit around the collar and placket to give it some visual interest. You’ll need to replace the buttons for a screen accurate look, but that’s true of almost all the options out there. Pick up something like these ones and it should be an easy fix. While cotton won’t be as warm as wool, I’d still be happy to wear this for a boat ride on a cool summer evening. Simons has sizes small to XXL on their website.

 

Under $100
COOFANDY Shawl Collar Cardigan in Black: $35.99/£31.99 to £34.99

Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan alternative

If you’re looking for an “easy to care for” alternative, this is it. COOFANDY (that name!) has gone with a 100% synthetic yarn. Which should keep things relatively low maintenance. However, they do recommend giving this a wash before you wear it. Why, you ask? Because (according to the reviews) if you don’t, it’ll shed fibers like crazy the first time you wear it. Not good when it’s being layered over a crisp white shirt! The other thing to note is the sizing. Unexpectedly (for me at least), it’s almost oversized. So there’s plenty of recommendations to order a size down from your normal size. Now, having focused on the weird/negative, I will say that it’s sitting with 4.4 out of 5 stars after more than 450 reviews. So it’s obviously making more than a few folks happy!

 

Jack & Jones Shawl Collar Cardigan in Black: on sale for $39.00

Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan alternative

It’s a pretty light gauge knit. So the ribbing isn’t as pronounced as on the Tom Ford. And it’s missing the pockets and the correct buttons (of course). But $39.00 for a 100% cotton cardigan is a pretty good deal. And even though it’s not exactly screen accurate, it should still give you the right look if you want a lighter weight cardigan. Yoox is currently stocking sizes small to large at the sale price.

 

iClosam Slim Fit Shawl Collar Cardigan in Black: $39.99/£30.99

Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan alternative

Another solid find on Amazon. The yarn for this one is a slightly nicer 65% wool/35% polyester blend and it has the ribbed knit style and patch pockets to match the original. And it currently has 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon, with most of the complaints focused on the sizing. So make sure you double check their size chart before you order. Amazon U.S. and UK have almost all sizes in stock.

 

Kallspin Merino Wool Blended Shawl Collar Cardigan in Black: $39.99/£41.99

Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan alternative

Yep, yet another alternative from Amazon. This time we’re getting a 50% polyester, 20% Merino wool, 15% acrylic and 15% nylon blend yarn. Other than that, the design details are pretty similar to the other options above. Amazon has plenty of sizes in stock, and the cardigan is certainly well rated, with 4.7 stars out of 5 after 244 reviews.

 

Uxcell Shawl Collar Cardigan in Black: $39.99 to $45.99/£29.99 – £33.99

Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan alternative

I can’t speak to the quality. But from a looks standpoint? The Uxcell (which used to be Allegra K) seems like a great alternative. Aside from the button, the style details line up quite well with the original. We’ve got the medium weight ribbed knit and patch pockets. The shawl collar and placket even have a slightly different knit to add some textural contrast and the cuffs are longer so we can fold them back the way Bond wore them. They’ve used a 60% cotton/40% acrylic yarn. Which is a bit of a sacrifice for those of us looking for 100% natural fibers. Also note that sizes are starting to run low. And a final FYI: on Amazon UK the brand is called “sourcing map”. But it’s clearly the same cardigan.

 

UpWest Shawl Collar Cardigan in Nocturne: $78.00

Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan alternative

It doesn’t have the pockets. But that knitting along the collar is a great match for the Tom Ford. As should be apparent from the product photo, the color is actually a very deep, dark navy. Not ideal for screen accuracy, but I think it’s still worth a look since a lot of the other style details are a solid match. The yarn is a 60% cotton, 40% acrylic blend and UpWest has sizes XS to XL in stock.

 

The Investment Pieces
ROYALE Filmwear Quantum Talamone Shawl Cardigan: $239.00

Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan alternative

An investment in both money and patience. But boy, does Daniel Love’s ROYALE Filmwear do a top notch job of reproducing our favorite Bond pieces! Seriously, I haven’t been disappointed with a single item I’ve received from him. So if you want a high quality piece of knitwear with near perfect screen accuracy, then the price and the wait will be worth it. Daniel currently only has a size XXL available on his website for this 100% Merino wool beauty. But it seems like he does a new production run at least once a year. And with each new version he makes little tweaks to improve the fit and details. My advice is to send ROYALE Filmwear an email for the latest updates. Daniel is very good with his communication and he’ll give you plenty of heads up when it’s time to get one.

 

Wills Cashmere Shawl Collar Cardigan in Smoke: $245.00

Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan alternative

If you’re like me, you’ve gone through plenty of cheaper shawl collar cardigans over the last decade or so. And at some point you’ve probably said to yourself, “I just want that one special cardigan that’s going to make me happy!” Well, here’s a contender coming to us from Huckberry. First the bad news. The color is actually a very dark charcoal.  And the rib knit is considerably wider than what we see on the screen used cardigan. So it has a slightly more “rugged” feel. Oh, and the buttons aren’t accurate. Now the good stuff. It’s made from a blend of 70% wool and 30% long staple cashmere. Which produces an incredibly soft hand, with a longer life and less pilling. And it’s very affordable for the level of quality their offering. It’s an investment for sure. But if you’re a shawl collar cardigan fan, then the cost per wear will make it worth it!

 

Tom Ford Shawl Collar Cashmere and Mohair Blend Cardigan in Black: $2,390.00

Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan

I believe this is the latest iteration of the Bond cardigan, now made with a 75% cashmere, 25% mohair blend yarn. Just leaving it here in case anyone is looking for something ridiculously cozy to wear around the house ….

 

I’ll keep looking for alternatives for the Quantum of Solace black shawl collar cardigan and add them as find them. In the meantime, if you have an alternative for the Quantum of Solace black shawl collar cardigan, tell us about in the comments. You can also visit our Facebook pageInstagram account, Twitter account and Pinterest Boards for more Bond and McQueen style advice and inspiration.

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21 thoughts on “Quantum of Solace Black Shawl Collar Cardigan

    • February 25, 2021 at 7:51 pm
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      Enjoy and let us know what you think!

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  • February 25, 2021 at 4:23 pm
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    The problem I’ve found with most alternatives compared to the ROYALE Filmwear or the Tom Ford SA versions is length. Often times, any close alternatives I find to this cardigan end up being way too long! Whereas the Tom Ford and ROYALE Filmwear hit right where they should. The hunt continues, thanks for these suggestions!

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    • February 25, 2021 at 5:54 pm
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      Let’s hope Daniel does another run of those soon!

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  • December 14, 2020 at 5:46 pm
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    Notsure if you are still looking, but Sunspel have a nice fine ribbed knit black shawl collar cardigan that ticks all the boxes!
    It’s merino wool and whilst expensive (almost 400EUR) it is also very good quality.
    Available in their aptly named Ian Flemming collection

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  • November 24, 2019 at 5:43 pm
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    Rolled the dice on the iClosam-Knitted-Cardigan-Sweater. Please with the bang for the “budget-buck.” Tip on sizing. I’m 5’11” 205 lbs. – says slim fit, so I ordered an XL which was too big. Sort of frumpy looking. Exchanged for a Large, which gave a much better look that still wasn’t too snug.

    Thanks for the tip!

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  • September 22, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    I’ve had the iClosam for two weeks now and is very nice for the price. Just a note, the tag inside says 70% cotton, 30% acrylic, unlike what its description says in Amazon. Scrolling down the page in Amazon shows this material difference from what they have put at the top. Also, to reflect what you have written about reviews and sizing, the size chart shows the chest sizes (which I ordered a small and is 40.5 inches).

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  • July 7, 2019 at 11:38 pm
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    I just found a really nice Ralph Lauren black, ribbed cardigan on eBay and it looks very close to the Tom Ford cardigan. Very close indeed and at $250, it’s a bit of a steal, since it retails for around $800. Decisions, decisions! LOL!

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  • December 26, 2016 at 6:12 pm
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    Beware of the JC Penny Claiborne. Picked it up during Black Friday and it bleeds when worn. Have gone through two white shirts so it’s going back. Have opted for the Perry Ellis one at 60% off Sale price which came to 20 bucks.

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  • February 12, 2016 at 3:42 pm
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    That Fisherman cardigan from Jackthreads is fantastic; I had to size down for a fitted style, but it looks excellent and is very comfortable. I purchased it for about $22 on sale.

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    • February 12, 2016 at 3:46 pm
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      Excellent! Let’s hope they keep that one around for a while.

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  • December 1, 2015 at 8:06 pm
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    The H&M one is disappointing in person. It looks great in the photos but looks and feels cheap and is definitely grey. I am still trying to find a good alternative.

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    • December 1, 2015 at 9:41 pm
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      Thanks for the feedback. I haven’t seen it in person, so I wasn’t sure about the actual color/quality. And from my searches, it is almost one of the only styles left that uses a ribbed material. Almost everything else I saw was quilted.

      I’ll update the post to reflect your comment.

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