James Bond Casual Summer Shirts Part 2

Updated May 24th, 2021 – Welcome to part two of our look at affordable alternatives for James Bond casual summer shirts! If you haven’t already seen part one, you can check it out here. Folks, we have a LOT to cover in this post. So let’s get right to it!


The Thunderball Patterned Shirts

affordable alternatives James Bond Summer Shirts

007’s patterned shirts in Thunderball share a lot in common with solid color shirts we saw in the last post. The blue and the pink gingham shirts are revere collars. And all of them have a straight hem so they’re meant to be worn untucked.

For our affordable alternatives, I’m trying to stick as closely as possible to the style of the shirts. So while a true camp or revere collar may not be possible in all patterns, I won’t be including any button down collars. And that’s especially tricky with the blue and pink gingham prints. Gingham is often considered a “preppy” fabric. Which means the vast majority of retailers out there seem to feel any shirt made out of it also needs a button down collar. But we’ve done our best to find a few that’ll get the job done.

The good news is that striped camp collar shirts are apparently a “thing” this season. And we have plenty of great alternatives for that style to look at. So let’s get to it!


The Blue Gingham Camp Collar Shirt

Sean Connery James Bond Thunderball Gingham check shirt


Amazon Essentials Short Sleeve Linen Shirt in Blue Gingham: $6.73 to $22.50/£14.16 to £21.30

affordable alternative Sean Connery James Bond Thunderball Gingham check shirt

Not a revere or camp collar, unfortunately. But that 55% linen, 45% cotton, mid-blue gingham fabric looks a lot like what we see on screen. You’ll probably want to get this one tailored to give it the straight hem. Even with the extra work, this is still a very affordable option. Lots of sizes available on Amazon U.S. and UK


Joseph Turner Seersucker Shirt in Blue Gingham: on sale for $64.40

affordable alternative Sean Connery James Bond Thunderball Gingham check shirt

Again, not a camp collar (as I mentioned above, that’s a trend with gingham shirts this year). However, that color looks like a good match. And the 100% cotton seersucker is going to be light and airy on those hot summer days. They have sizes medium to XXL in stock.


Orvis Tencel Dobby Gingham Shirt in Light Blue: $89.00

affordable alternative Sean Connery James Bond Thunderball Gingham check shirt

The dual chest pockets aren’t exactly screen accurate. Nor is the standard spread collar. But the color and size of the gingham pattern comes close to what Bond was wearing. And the Tencel fabric (a fiber woven from certified renewable wood pulp) in that dobby weave is an interesting way to add some texture and help promote air flow. Orvis has sizes medium to XXL on their website.


Also Try:

North River Woven Modal Shirt in Mist: on sale for $48.00

Goodfellow & Co Regular Fit Camp Collar Short Sleeve Shirt in Xavier Blue: $19.99

Old Navy Gingham Short Sleeve Shirt in Blue: $26.99

Perry Ellis Gingham Print Shirt in Bright White: on sale for $29.98

Grayers Blake Gingham Shirt in Light Blue and Cream: $78.00

Robert Graham Howells Tailored Fit Short Sleeve Shirt in Navy: on sale for $94.80


Blue Striped Camp Collar Shirt

Sean Connery James Bond Thunderball stripe shirt


Brooks Brothers Regent Fit Seersucker Camp Collar Shirt in Blue: on sale for $59.10

affordable alternative Sean Connery James Bond Thunderball stripe shirt

The blue stripes on this offering from Brooks Brothers may be a little too thin and light to be a perfect match. However, the overall style will work great for your next trip to Palmyra. And I think the pinstripes help make this inherently casual design just a little dressier. This one is in their standard Regent fit, which is roomy without being too boxy. You’ll find sizes small to XL on their website.


Selected Short Sleeve Camp Collar Shirt in White Stripe: on sale for $39.97/£34.99

affordable alternative Sean Connery James Bond Thunderball stripe shirt

A great suggestion by IG’er @gerry_lei, this 100% organic model from Selected Homme has wider stripes than Bond’s shirt but still captures the rest of the essential style details. That sale price is available at Nordstrom Rack, where they have sizes medium to XL in stock. If you need something smaller or bigger, Macy’s also offers the shirt, but the price jumps up to $65.00. For those of you in the UK, I’ve linked to Zalando. They seem to have the best price for it.


Murano Slim Fit Stripe Woven Linen Camp Shirt in White: $79.50

affordable alternative Sean Connery James Bond Thunderball stripe check shirt

Something a little different from the Dillard’s house brand. Using linen from the famed Irish mill Baird McNutt, the stripes on this camp collar shirt are a little thicker and have a faded effect that gives it a more casual feel. They have sizes small to XL in stock.


Alex Mill Camp Shirt in Striped Seersucker: $98.00


It’s one of the more expensive shirts on the list. But for me, it checks all the right boxes. The styling and color and width of the stripes are a great match for Bond’s shirt. And the 100% cotton seersucker fabric is just what we need for those hot days ahead. The only nitpick I have is that the stripes on the collar are going in a different direction than the ones on the screen used shirt. Sizes XS to XXL are available on the Alex Mill website.


Also Try:

Amazon Essentials Slim Fit Short Sleeve Shirt in Blue Stripe: $16.10 to $16.90

Jack & Jones Simon Stripe Short Sleeve Shirt in Navy Blaze: on sale for $24.75

Samuel Windsor Short Sleeve Seersucker Shirt in Navy: on sale for $29.95/£17.50

Abercrombie & Fitch Short Sleeve Camp Collar Shirt in Light Blue Stripe: on sale for $34.99 (suggested by IG’er Matt P.)

Redefined Rebel Jonathan Shirt in Navy: £25.99

Mango Regular Fit Striped Shirt in Dark Navy: $59.99/£39.99

Oxbow Candrio Short Sleeve Shirt in Blue Stripe: $56.99/£43.49

Express Slim Striped Seersucker Shirt in Blue: $60.00

Bonobos Stretch Riviera Short Sleeve Shirt in Blue Seersucker Stripe: $79.00

Denham Bowling Shirt in Blue White Stripe: £104.99

Magnoli Clothiers Camp Shirt: $145.00


The Pink Gingham Camp Collar Shirt


Amazon Essentials Slim Fit Short Sleeve Linen Shirt in Pink Gingham: $6.73 to $22.50/£12.78 to £21.30

affordable alternative Sean Connery James Bond Thunderball Gingham check shirt

The pink gingham version of the shirt we’ve already shared above. Like the blue gingham check, this one uses a 55% cotton, 45% linen fabric and is missing the camp collar. But given this season’s shortage of gingham shirts without a button down collar, I’m thinking this one might be our best bet. There are plenty of sizes left on the Amazon U.S. site. Amazon UK only has medium and large left in stock.


Chef Works Modern Gingham Short Sleeve Shirt in Rust: $31.06 to $41.99

affordable alternative Sean Connery James Bond Thunderball Gingham check shirt

My “thinking outside the box” option. Obviously “rust” isn’t “pink”. So we can forget it being a perfect color match. And (again) it’s missing the revere style collar. There’s also the contrasting trim on the collar and placket. On the (possibly?) plus side, since this was designed for restaurant workers, the 65% polyester and 35% cotton fabric is going to be pretty sweat and odor resistant. The fit also doesn’t look too bad. Could be a decent option if you’re just looking for a shirt you can throw on after a dip in water. Sizes small to 3XL are available on Amazon.


Dark Seas Malone Shirt in Red: $74.00

affordable alternative Sean Connery James Bond Thunderball Gingham check shirt

And this, my friends, was the closest I could find to a pink gingham shirt with a camp collar. Available at Urban Outfitters, where they have sizes small to large in stock. Let’s hope some retailers still have a better match in the pipeline for this summer!


Die Another Day Brioni Cuba Shirt

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Bond’s first Aloha shirt, which has been identified as coming from Brosnan’s favorite tailoring house Brioni. Both BAMF Style and BondSuits do an excellent job of breaking down the entire look from those scenes. If you like the idea of an “Aloha” style shirt, but want to avoid anything that screams “BRO!”, then this is a good style to go after. The color is summery without being overly bright. And the tonal pattern, while noticeable, isn’t loud or obnoxious. You can learn more about the screen used shirt in this post on Bond Lifestyle.


Jack O’Neill Bamboo Brush Shirt in Pacific: on sale for $51.99

affordable alternative Pierce Brosnan James Bond Die Another Day Cuba shirt

About as close as we can get to Bond’s shirt straight off the rack. The color, the tonal pattern and the shirt style all are a great match. And the 90% viscose, 10% polyester fabric should do a fine job keeping comfortable as you sip a Mojito on a sunny afternoon. I’ve listed other alternatives below. But considering that sale price and the fact that they still have plenty of sizes in stock, I don’t think we need to look much further.


Paradise Found Bamboo Navy Hawaiian Shirt: $69.00

affordable alternative Pierce Brosnan James Bond Die Another Day Cuba shirt

The brand Thomas Magnum used. And if there was any white guy that knew about Aloha shirts, it was him. Made in Hawaii from a 100% rayon fabric, it’s a little brighter than the one Bond wore. But when it comes Hawaiian shirts, this is the real deal and there’s something to be said for authenticity. There are lots of sizes available at the Paradise Found website. Just note that this is a slightly oversized style. So if you want a slimmer fit, you’ll need to order a size or two down. Their size chart gives lots of detail to help you make the right choice.


Also Try:

Shein Revere Collar Floral Print Shirt in Blue: $17.00

Van Heusen Air Camp Classic Fit Floral Button Down Shirt in Dark Navy: on sale for $21.99

Pronto Uomo Floral Short Sleeve Shirt in Navy: on sale for $24.99

Superdry Miami Loom Shirt in Tropical Indigo: on sale for $27.48

Abercrombie & Fitch 90s Short Sleeve Camp Collar Shirt in Navy Blue Print: $55.00

White Stuff Tahiti Hawaiian Print Shirt in Chambray: £45.00/$69.00

Cubavera Short Sleeve Cotton Jacquard Print Shirt in Estate Blue: $63.88 – $76.99

Tommy Bahama Tahitian Border Camp Shirt in Navy: on sale for $88.00

Bonobos Relaxed Fit Camp Collar Shirt in Indigo Palms: $89.00


The Casino Royale Madagascar Shirt

Daniel Craig James Bond Casino Royale Madagascar shirt

It would be an understatement to say there was some controversy when fans first saw Bond in this shirt. But it’s actually a pretty versatile piece. The colors and pattern aren’t too in-your-face and work well with both beige linen trousers and jeans. The shirt also has some cool style details that set it apart. There’s the shorter length and slimmer cut, which keep you from looking like a regular at Margaritaville. And the button tabs on the cuffed sleeves are also unusual. I said it before: this feels like a serious man’s Hawaiian shirt.

Again, both BAMF Style and Bond Suits do a great job of analyzing the entire look. And since we have two alternatives at two different different price points that come as close to screen accurate as possible, I’ve focused on those below. The options under the “Also Try” heading are more for those of you who like to be inspired by Bond style, but aren’t worried about the shirt being a perfect match.


ROYALE Filmwear Madagascar Shirt: $89.00

affordable alternative Daniel Craig James Bond Casino Royale Madagascar shirt

Once again: Thank you, Daniel Love! As per usual, he’s applied his keen eye for detail to produce a great repro of the custom made on-screen shirt. This is the new version for this year. So Royale has fixed the color problem from the past and added a few more upgrades to make it even more screen accurate. Sizes small to 3XL are in stock. Check the very detailed size chart on the website and remember that the cotton fabric is NOT pre-shrunk!


Magnoli Clothiers Madagascar Shirt: $175.00

affordable alternative Daniel Craig James Bond Casino Royale Madagascar shirt

And finally, Indy Magnoli’s interpretation of the shirt. It’s quite a jump in price. But each shirt is made-to-measure, so you can customize the fit to work best for your body. It also has 5 stars out 5 after 16 customer reviews, with almost unanimous praise for the screen accuracy and quality of the fabric and construction.


Also Try:

Isle Bay Linen Slim Fit Hawaiian Casual Shirt in Beige: $10.00 to $30.00

Quicksilver Hi Greenery Woven Shirt in White: on sale for $19.99

Van Heusen Big & Tall Air Tropical Poly Rayon Shirt in Silver Birch Floral Print: $20.65 to $40.87

Orton Brothers Cotton Tropical Shirt in Khaki: $49.95 to $54.95

Cremieux Palm Print Woven Camp Shirt: on sale for $49.99

Marks & Spencer Cotton Palm Print Revere Shirt in Ecru: $50.00/£29.50

Faherty Kona Camp Shirt in Mint Floral: $148.00


Have some suggestions for alternatives for the James Bond casual summer shirts we’ve shared in Part 2? Tell us about them in the comments! And if you’re looking for Bond’s solid colored summer shirts, remember to check out Part 1 of our series. If you want to see even more Bond inspired summer shirts, take a look at Part 3 (long sleeve summer weight shirts) and Part 4 (polos). You can also visit our Facebook PageInstagram Account and Pinterest Boards for more James Bond and Steve McQueen style advice, inspiration and info!


Some of the images used in this post were sourced from Thunderballs.org

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12 thoughts on “James Bond Casual Summer Shirts Part 2

  • June 10, 2021 at 10:29 am

    I picked up the Jack O’Neill Bamboo Brush Shirt in Pacific over the Memorial Day weekend at an extra 30% off the sale price. Honestly, the shirt is pretty good, especially for around $36. I got a size large (my normal size) and it fits very well. While the tag says relaxed fit the chest only measured 22.5 inches across, so more of a straight fit than relaxed. By comparison the Tommy Bahama Catalina Twill has a 23 inch chest in the medium.

    The fabric has a bit of texture to it. You can kind of see it in the close-up pictures on the O’Neill website. Also the floral patter is more subdued in person than in photographs. It is a solid DAD Havana alternative and should be perfect for my upcoming Father’s Day Barbeque.

    If you are interested in the O’Neill be on the lookout for further discounts around July 4th. If you don’t want to wait look around online for 10-15% discount codes.

    • June 10, 2021 at 10:42 am

      Awesome, thanks for the mini review and the insights!

  • June 2, 2021 at 11:52 am

    I’m not sure what happened. I bought my blue seersucker Regency from Brooks Brothers last year, and the blue stripes are much darker and spaced more appropriately. Still not screen accurate, but much closer. Last year, J Crew did a good job with the red/pink gingham.

    • June 2, 2021 at 11:55 am

      Yeah, this year it seemed like there weren’t many good options for that pink gingham.

  • May 25, 2021 at 8:15 am

    Well thanks to your amazing articles I bought another piece of clothing I don’t need 🙂 haha
    Will let you know how I get along with that brooks brothers shirt!

    • May 25, 2021 at 8:17 am

      Please do! I really the look of that one and wanted to check it out in store but didn’t have a chance

  • June 6, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    I tried the Clairborne from JC Penney (CR Poker shirt), didn’t like it at all, fabric seemed really cheap and the fit was just odd, the body is slim fit as advertised but the sleeve holes are quite large and it doesn’t hang correctly at least on my body.

    • June 6, 2019 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks for the feedback Kelly! I haven’t handled the Claiborne IRL so the insight is appreciated!

  • June 5, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    I’d like an updated shirt for Dalton’s LTK white twin pocket button up shirt.
    I’ve got one from Calvin Klein that is poplin. I tried the look with a deconstructed linen navy jacket, Orlebar Brown chinos but in spring and summer it was still pretty warm.
    A linen version would be amazing.
    I think that some espadrille shoes, linen pants from Casino Royale, or the greige pantsfrom spectre, with the Brunello belt or to get Craig’s style the Rm braided belt. If you wanted to incorporate another bond even the surcingle belt. Top with a linen shirt and jacket and it’d be a pretty cool update. Am I crazy or do you think so? Summer of 89 was big for me and LTK first bond I saw on big screen so I like Dalton’s looks because they fit with a spy image and one can wear most of them in any casual to semi dressed occasion. Updating the fits since in 89 the style was big and tuck in and let blouse out.

    • June 8, 2019 at 7:55 pm

      Actually, it does sound like a pretty cool look! And I’ll see what I can do to find some alternatives for Dalton’s LTK shirt. Cheers!

  • June 2, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Fantastic! I really enjoy the articles, they are extremely helpful when you are trying to achieve the bond look.
    Gives me inspiration when I’m looking for new items, especially when summer is approaching.

    • June 8, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      Glad you’re enjoying them Nicholas! We have lots more to come!


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