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
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
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
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.
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.
North River Woven Modal Shirt in Mist: on sale for $48.00
Perry Ellis Gingham Print Shirt in Bright White: on sale for $29.98
Robert Graham Howells Tailored Fit Short Sleeve Shirt in Navy: on sale for $94.80
Blue Striped Camp Collar Shirt
Brooks Brothers Regent Fit Seersucker Camp Collar Shirt in Blue: on sale for $59.10
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
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
The 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
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
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.
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
Orton Brothers Cotton Tropical Shirt in Khaki: $49.95 to $54.95
Cremieux Palm Print Woven Camp Shirt: on sale for $49.99
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 Page, Instagram 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.