The James Bond No Time To Die Commando Sweater

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.

Daniel Craig No Time To Die Commando Sweater
There it is again!

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.

Daniel Craig No Time To Die Commando Sweater
“I swear! This one has the correct shoulder patches!!”

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.

 

The Original
N.Peal 007 Ribbed Army Sweater in Navy Blue: $465.00

N.Peal No Time To Die Commando Sweater

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

James Bond No Time To Die Commando Sweater alternative

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!

 

Under $100
Rothco Acrylic Commando Sweater in Navy Blue: $37.99

James Bond No Time To Die Commando Sweater alternative

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

James Bond No Time To Die Commando Sweater alternative

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.

 

GI USMC Approved Wool Commando Sweater Wooly Pully in Navy: $74.99

James Bond No Time To Die Commando Sweater alternative

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.

 

TW Kempton British Commando Wooly Pully in Navy: $79.99

James Bond No Time To Die Commando Sweater alternative

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

James Bond No Time To Die Commando Sweater alternative

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.

 

Under $200
Paul James Knitwear Chunky British Wool Ribbed Shooting Jumper in Navy: £120.00

James Bond No Time To Die Commando Sweater alternative

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!

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26 thoughts on “The James Bond No Time To Die Commando Sweater

  • March 27, 2021 at 6:01 pm
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    I ordered the npeal original, but sent it back as the open neck didn’t look right. Replaced with the outdoor knitwear one, and put some brass looking ends on the laces. It looks so the part, and is alot cheaper.

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  • February 22, 2021 at 6:49 am
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    I have the TW Kempton Bond. It is incredibly warm and the scratchiness does go away after a couple of washes in Woolite.
    However, I will say that the shoulders are massive, and I am not a slight build by any stretch. I had to go for a large because the medium was too tight under the arms, but even the medium had shoulders that seem to go halfway down the arms. The sleeves are also very long.
    If you can find a good tailor you could get it adjusted but by that point I’d probably save for the original.

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    • February 22, 2021 at 6:54 am
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      Thanks Daniel! That’s the problem with some of the more “traditional” sweaters. Especially when the shoulder patches are a stiffer material. They stick out and can make you look like a coat hanger. It took almost a year before my old LL Bean sweater softened up and started to fit properly. But 20 yrs later I still have it. So I guess that says something. Cheers!

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  • February 20, 2021 at 8:13 am
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    Glad you are back. Great site with solid leads and advice.

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  • February 6, 2021 at 8:36 am
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    Welcome back! It made my day to see that you’re up and running again… hope all is well.

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    • February 11, 2021 at 7:07 am
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      I finally decided to get the original N. Peal….

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      • February 13, 2021 at 9:28 am
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        Just got the Kempton, but it will have to go back … too small and too itchy! Be aware that if ordering from MUS, returns are at your expense … I’m at the point of giving up on this one – I had the original N Peal, but it was just too cos-play looking. I thought a simpler version would be more wearable in real life, but I think I’m looking for something that doesn’t exist – a cashmere Commando sweater 🙂

      • February 13, 2021 at 9:33 am
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        I hear you. I have an old LL Bean one but I seldom reach for it. It’s a little more expensive, but the alternative that’s calling to me is that Paul James one. Since it’s Melton wool it should be softer than the traditional yarn in the less expensive sweaters. But, personally, I’m happiest in just a good old heavy ribbed knit without all the patches. Cheers!

  • February 5, 2021 at 6:25 pm
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    Has anyone tried the LL Bean commando sweater?

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    • February 6, 2021 at 7:00 am
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      Hi Russ, I saw it in store and it’s a very nice sweater for the price. The fit was pretty traditional (slim, a little longer in the body and sleeves). I usually have to size down in LL Bean stuff, but my regular size fit me pretty well. The shoulder patch material is on the stiff side so the shoulders kind of extend out if that makes sense. But those will soften with time. Unfortunately it is completely sold out on line, which is why I didn’t include it in the post. Hope that helps!

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      • February 10, 2021 at 8:18 am
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        I was able to snag one just the other day. It was there and gone in an instant. Just received it yesterday and am wearing it today. Its a good sweater. Obviously not screen accurate but good enough for me to save $400! And quality LL Bean to boot.

    • February 10, 2021 at 2:22 pm
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      I have an LL Bean version and another version that I got online from a Canadian/Pakistani company. The LL Bean sweater is thick, really thick, you definitely can wear it with only a light layer over it and feel warm.

      The homage sweater is acrylic, more scree accurate, but definitely has some flaws. The boat neck had a the same canvas material on the inside that makes it pretty stiff. If you have a large head, it may make it difficult to pullover.

      Honestly, after having spent about $150 getting an alternative, I almost would have rather saved up a bit more and sprung for the real thing. Sometimes, it pays to get the onscreen version.

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  • February 5, 2021 at 9:59 am
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    Welcome back! I hope to see some new alternatives for the Morocco and Matera jackets in the near future.

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    • February 5, 2021 at 10:49 am
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      Thanks! I’ll be looking for options for both jackets in about a month when new alternatives become available with the Spring season. Cheers!

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    • February 11, 2021 at 6:09 am
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      Hi Kirstopher! Thanks and yes: updates for both those posts are scheduled for March when the spring arrivals start showing up in stores. Cheers!

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  • February 5, 2021 at 9:16 am
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    Resurrection is a hobby, I see. ?
    Glad to see you back at it— your posts have been missed by many. Hope all is well!

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  • February 4, 2021 at 2:39 pm
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    You were very missed these past long months. Great to have you back!

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  • February 4, 2021 at 12:50 am
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    M:
    Where the hell have you been?

    JB:
    Enjoying death. 007 reporting for duty.

    … welcome back!

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  • February 2, 2021 at 7:39 pm
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    You have been very much missed. Hope all has been well and glad to have you back!

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  • February 2, 2021 at 2:38 pm
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    Good to see you back, much needed in such strange times

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    • February 2, 2021 at 2:39 pm
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      Thank you! Great to be back!

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    • February 2, 2021 at 2:39 pm
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      Thanks Ben!

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    • February 2, 2021 at 2:40 pm
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      Appreciate it Scott! Lots more to come!

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      • February 4, 2021 at 1:56 pm
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        Great to have you back 🙂

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