I think it’s safe to say that Bond’s No Time To Die commando sweater is getting a fair amount of play in the promotion for the film. It’s been front and center in more posters, promo stills, teasers, trailers and commercials than I can count.
Designed specifically for Daniel Craig for the movie by fan favorite Bond brand N.Peal and the film’s costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb, the 007 Army Sweater has had a short but interesting history. To put it simply, many fans weren’t too happy with the way the original commercially available version came out back in February 2020. There were problems with screen accuracy, the size and positioning of the shoulder patches and few other issues here and there.
More than a few sweaters from the original run were sent back to the company. But, to their credit, N.Peal worked to solve most of the concerns raised. And now it looks like the latest version hits the nail on the head.
And here is N.Peal’s 90% Merino wool, 10% cashmere “luxury” interpretation of the classic wooly pully. They currently have sizes XXS to XXL on their website, but recommend sizing down if you want that fitted Bond look. If you’d like a more indepth look at the sweater, check out these reviews by The Bond Experience and From Tailors With Love.
Best Option for the No Time To Die Commando Sweater
Outdoor Knitwear “Bond” Sweater in Navy: £47.50/$70.00
Well that’ll do the job! And it’ll save you almost 400 bills in the process. Made from 100% British wool, it captures many of the right design details: the wider “boat style” neck line with the drawcord, the shoulder patches that extend down the front of the shoulders, and the trim fit. Just don’t expect it to be as soft as the N.Peal. Outdoor Knitwear has sizes XXS to XXXL available. And be aware that while shipping is free for those of you in the UK, those of you in the U.S. can expect to add about $40 is shipping costs. So make sure you order the right size the first time!
A no frills, 100% acrylic option for those of us looking to play around with the NTTD look without breaking the bank (or those of us who like to just throw our sweaters directly into the washing machine). Sizes small to 3XL are available on Amazon.
Goodthreads Men’s Soft Cotton Military Sweater in Navy: $35.00 to $41.00/£26.78 – £34.00
I ordered this one to try it out. And I have to say, I wasn’t all that impressed. It’s not like I was expecting much for thirty bucks. But despite the fabric being 100% cotton, it still felt stiff, thin and just cheap. I also dropped down a size (as many of the reviewers recommended) and, although it fit great in the shoulders, it was still oddly long in the body with excess fabric around the chest. Long story short, since the other options on this list aren’t crazy expensive, I think you’d be better off skipping this one and investing a little more to get a quality sweater.
There are plenty of 100% wool Commando sweaters on Ebay. This is just one example. Given that these are true “classic” designs, expect the fabric to be thick and itchy, the patch material to be stiff, and the fit in the shoulders to be wide. In other words, they take a bit of breaking in before they become comfortable. The alternative I’m sharing here comes in sizes medium and large. But the seller notes that they tend to fit on the small size.
Another example of the original (and iconic) wooly pully design. With this one we’re getting a 100% wool, made in the UK piece of knitwear made “to the Exacting Standards of the British M.O.D Specification UK/SC/3712”. Apparently TW Kempton has been making this style for over 50 years, so they should know what they’re doing. If you’re okay not ordering from Amazon, the sweater is also available at Military Uniform Supply for $69.99. Ironically, given TW Kempton’s British roots, I couldn’t find this particular model available for sale on any UK sites.
Irish Fishermans Ribbed Sweater with Patches in Navy: on sale for $89.95
Throwing this one in here for those of you that would prefer more of a “sportsman” look. Aside from the differences with suede shoulder and elbow patches, what really sets this one apart is the fit. It’s definitely a more relaxed cut (which means people are less likely to mistake you for a commando out in the wild). I’d definitely recommend going down a size if you want a more fitted look. The fabric is 100% wool and the sweater is made in Ireland.
I think Paul James has done a nice job of balancing two styles with their Shooting Sweater. The raglan sleeves and suede patches give it more of a country feel. But the trimmer fit keeps that streamlined military look we want. Made in Leicestershire, England from 100% British wool, this model is currently only available in sizes medium to XL. But they’re expecting all sizes to be available by the end of February.
Did we miss any great alternatives for the No Time To Die Commando sweater? Tell us about it in the comments! And before anyone mentions the L.L. Bean alternative: I checked and it’s currently sold out. Here’s hoping they bring that one back soon! You can also visit our Facebook page, Instagram account, Twitter account and Pinterest Boards for more James Bond style advice and inspiration!