Welcome to Part 3 of our look at James Bond inspired summer shirts! In this post we’ll be focusing on alternatives for Bond’s long sleeve summer weight shirts from You Only Live Twice all the way up to No Time To Die. There’s plenty to cover here, but before we get started I just want to note one thing. Some of you may notice a few shirts are missing from our list below, specifically the two white ones Bond wore in Cuba in Goldeneye and the black Tommy Bahama silk shirt he wore in Jamaica in No Time To Die.
Just to be clear, I didn’t exclude these shirts because I dislike them. For the Tommy Bahama, we recently looked at alternatives in our post on Bond’s Jamaica style in the upcoming film. But more importantly, I’m a pretty practical kind of guy. And I think one black summer weight shirt can work as an alternative for both the new Jamaica model and the Alfani from Casino Royale.
Likewise with the white Goldeneye Cuba shirts (yes, there were two; read about them on Bond Suits and BAMF Style). Linen-cotton dress shirts (even ones with French cuffs) aren’t all that difficult to find. So rather than having three different entries for white shirts, I decided to focus on the one from Die Another Day with it’s unique one-piece “Cooper” collar. In my humble opinion it’s the more interesting shirt (and it’s more challenging to find good alternatives for it). Now on to our finds!
The You Only Live Twice Pink Linen Shirt
I’ll admit I don’t find Sean Connery’s overall outfit in the film to be particularly inspiring. But it does give us a chance to look at a darn near perfect summer shirt. The fabric is most likely a cotton/linen blend in a nice warm pink. Wear it with the sleeves rolled up and untucked over some jeans, chinos or Bond-style swim shorts and you’re pretty much ready to go. Seriously, pink is definitely an underrated color for guys.
The most interesting thing about the Bond’s shirt design are the cocktail-style cuffs, a signature feature of Connery’s Turnbull & Asser shirts. And unless you’d like to pay to have a shirt custom-made by the venerable London tailoring house, it’s also a feature we’re going to have to unfortunately sacrifice. To read more about Bond’s look in this scene, check out Bond Suits and BAMF Style.
Charles Tyrwhitt Business Casual Cotton Linen Shirt in Pink: on sale for $39.95
It doesn’t have the cocktail cuffs. But the color of that pink 75% cotton, 25% linen fabric is really close. As for the other style details, it forgoes the chest pocket and has a stiffer, dressier collar like Bond’s did. The only thing putting me off is the paisley band around the inside of the collar. Charles Tyrwhitt still has plenty of sizes left in classic and slim fits.
The color on this one looks like a deeper pink in the product photos. But when you see the “model shots” on the website, it comes across as quite a bit paler and closer to the color of the original. I’m also a fan of Ledbury shirts (especially their casual models). They position the second button a little lower on the placket, so it looks great when you wear it open. The fabric is a 60% cotton, 40% linen blend and this one also has a stiffer collar and no chest pocket. Plenty of sizes in Tailored and Classic fits are in stock on their website.
Of course we have to include Orlebar Brown’s interpretation from their 007 collection. This one is made from a 100% poplin cotton woven in Italy and features a slightly dressier collar than the resort focused brand typically uses. But, if I’m being honest, three hundred bucks is a very steep asking price for what is basically a pink cotton shirt. It doesn’t even have the screen accurate cocktail cuffs, which is something they could of added to differentiate it. However, if you have your heart set on getting that “007” tag, they have sizes XS to XXXL in stock.
Turnbull & Asser Linen Shirt in Pink: $455.00
The License to Kill White Utility Shirt
We’ll be discussing the wardrobe of Timothy Dalton’s Bond in more depth in an upcoming post. For now, I’ll just say that if we can look past the fit and just focus on the design, he actually wore some pretty cool pieces. This utility shirt is one example. Those double chest pockets are really what make it stand out in a sea of plain white linen shirts. And it can add a fun workwear touch to your summer style. Roll up the sleeves, leave it untucked and wear it with some faded lightweight jeans and espadrilles and you’ve a great look for evening drinks by the water.
Burton White Twin Pocket Viscose Shirt in White: on sale for £14.00
It comes with a camp collar, which is not screen accurate. But it’s also very inexpensive! The fabric is 100% viscose, a semi-synthetic fiber derived from wood pulp. So the shirt should be light and airy for those hot summer days. This is included in Debenham’s ongoing blowout of old inventory, which explains the low price. But unfortunately they’re not shipping to the States as far as I can tell. Sizes small to XL are in stock.
Mountain Hardware Canyon Shirt in White: on sale for $35.72
A more technical shirt that does a good job of capturing some of that Dalton Bond style. The fabric is a lightweight 100% polyester, which wicks away moisture and provides UPF 50+ protection. There’s also built-in ventilation panels at the chest (under the pockets), sides and back to help keep you cool and button tabs on the sleeves to help them in place when you roll them up. Not the most stylish alternative. But it’s definitely practical. Backcountry has sizes medium to XL in stock.
Lands’ End Traditional Fit Utility Linen Shirt in White: on sale for $54.99
This is easily my top choice for that “Farewell to Arms” look. Made from a light and airy 100% linen, it has box pleat chest pockets, roll tab sleeves and the length lets you wear tucked or untucked. Basically, it checks all the right style boxes and it’s affordable. Lands’ End has sizes small to XXL in stock.
Columbia Silver Ridge Lite Shirt in White: on sale for $38.50 to $55.00
The Tomorrow Never Dies Blue Linen Shirt
There’s no denying that Pierce Brosnan’s blue linen shirt was oversized in that oh-so-1990s way. But it was also a great shade of blue in a perfect summer fabric. Not to mention that it got a ton of screen time during the best stunts of the movie. Bond jumped out a window, dangled on a banner from a tall building, jumped a BMW motorcycle, dodged helicopters and escaped explosions. All while being handcuffed to the incredible Michelle Yeoh! And he wore this shirt for every minute of it. So, with an updated fit, it’s definitely a worthy Bond summer shirt!
It has the chest pocket (although it’s not button through), the white buttons, the color is a solid match and it’s very affordable. What more could we ask for? Well, the fabric is a 70% cotton, 30% linen blend which isn’t exactly ideal. But at this price, I’d be willing to let it slide. The shirt’s available in sizes XS to XXL on the H&M U.S. and UK sites.
Let’s say you just have to have a 100% linen shirt. For a few bucks more than the H&M alternative, you can get this one from Uniqlo. I actually have this shirt from a couple of seasons ago. And from what I’ve seen in store, not much has changed. The fabric is lightweight, but still has some substance to it and the color is a deeper, richer blue than it looks online. Stitching is a little better than you’d expect on a sub-thirty dollar shirt. And Uniqlo has given it a looser cut, so it fits pretty much true to size. The have XXS to Large still available on the U.S. site. They also have sizes XS to XL on the UK site, but that version of the shirt does NOT have the chest pocket for some reason.
Isle Bay Linen Slim Fit Cotton Linen Shirt in Navy: $15.00 to $25.00
The Die Another Day White Linen Shirt
This is the white linen Bond shirt I mentioned at the start of this post. At first glance it might not seem particularly noteworthy. But if you take a closer look at that collar, you’ll notice it’s a one-piece “Cooper” style that’s unlike any other shirt Bond wore before. A favorite of actor Gary Cooper (hence the name), the Cooper collar is not that same as the camp collar we see on 007’s Thunderball shirts. The one piece construction allows it to sit higher around the back of the neck and it has a distinctive roll that gives it a very cool 1930s Hollywood vibe. Deoveritas has a good blog post that explains the style in more detail.
Today, Cooper collared shirts are very difficult to find off the rack and you normally need to go Made-to-Measure to get one. I’ve included a couple of options for that below. But another company to check out is Yeossal. They seem to specialize in one-piece collars and offer a full customization program so you can nail down the details. Spier & Mackay are also now offering Cooper collar shirts. But again, you’ll need to use their customization program to get exactly the style we want. Both companies are very reasonably priced and worth checking out.
Mango Outlet Linen Slim Fit Shirt in White: on sale for $45.99
The Cooper collar at a reasonable price. The points aren’t as long as on Bond’s shirt, so we won’t get quite the same roll. But with the 100% linen fabric, the overall effect is pretty close. Sizing is getting spotty on the Mango Outlet U.S. site (small and large aren’t available) and sadly it’s completely sold out on the UK site.
It’s not exactly screen accurate. But boy, it does have that “Golden Age of Hollywood” style! The unlined collar has longer points and hidden buttons to give you a great roll. And the shirt comes standard with Bond-inspired cocktail cuffs! Fabric is lightweight 66% Egyptian cotton and 34% linen blend. Since each shirt is Made to Order, you can probably request some changes like the addition of a chest pocket or a non-button down collar. You can also select standard shirt sizing or upload personalized measurements to really dial in the fit. Yes, it’s expensive. But it’s also delivers almost everything I’d want in a James Bond inspired summer shirt.
Here’s a nice surprise! The white version of Bond’s black Jamaica silk shirt from No Time To Die makes a great alternative for the white Die Another Day shirt. As most of the know, the fabric is a 100% silk twill. So it’ll be heavier than the 100% linen we’re looking for. But the one-piece collar, chest pocket and placket design are all style details we want. Sizing is getting a little thin on the Tommy Bahama website, so I’d act fast if you want one!
If you’re loving that Die Another Day shirt design and you’re ready to invest in a high quality alternative, here’s your shirt. G. Inglese doesn’t really get a lot of fanfare. But the Italian company has been in operation since 1955 and it’s shirts are sold by some of the most discerning and exclusive menswear stores in the world. The Cervia collar shirt is cut by hand, sewn on old Singer sewing machines and then hand ironed to maintain the perfect collar roll. It’s finished with hand sewn button holes and thick mother-of-pearl buttons. And they add a quick spritz of their signature “Acqua di Ginosa” eau de toilette before packaging so it arrives smelling fresh and crisp. In other words, it’s the definition of the “luxury” style.
Tasso Elba Long Sleeve Linen Shirt in White: on sale for $33.99
French Connection Overdye Linen Shirt in White: on sale for $44.99
Nautica Classic Fit Linen Shirt in Bright White: $46.08 to $60.12
Selected Homme Linen Shirt in White: on sale for $72.00
The Casino Royale One & Only Ocean Club Poker Shirt
It’s been a while since we looked at alternatives for Bond’s black sueded polyester shirt from Macy’s house brand Alfani. And, to be honest, this is probably not the most practical shirt to be wearing for playing poker on a hot, humid night in the Bahamas. So we’ve added some alternatives below in more summer appropriate fabrics that still capture the style we want. If you’d like more information on the entire look, BAMF Style has a great write-up on it.
Robert Barakett Investa Knit Regular Fit Shirt in Black: on sale for $28.11
The fabric is a knit made from 52% cotton, 45% polyester and 3% spandex for some stretch. So while it may not have the sueded polyester sheen of the screen used Alfani, it also won’t look like your typical black cotton or linen shirt. And with the unstructured collar, looser fit and shorter length through the body, it has exactly the relaxed resort vibe we want. Sizes small to XL are on sale at Nordstrom Rack.
There are some noticeable design differences between this one from Cotton On and Bond’s Casino Royale shirt. The lack of the left breast pocket is a big one. But the lightweight 100% viscose rayon fabric will probably keep you more comfortable than polyester in warmer weather while still having a bit of a sheen. And although the hem is curved, the shirt is cut a little short so it will look good untucked. The unlined soft collar will also add to that relaxed feel. Sizes XS to Large are available.
Tommy Bahama Catalina Shirt in Black: $115.00
This alternative should need no introduction. If you only have room in your closet for one black shirt, may as well go with Bond’s choice from No Time To Die. They’ve used a 100% silk twill fabric, so it has good weight and a bit of sheen. And it has the chest pocket. Of the course the one-piece collar and pick stitching aren’t a match for the Alfani. But they’re still cool design details that give the shirt some character. Just remember that both the Alfani and the Tommy Bahama were modified and tailored for their respective film appearances. And, since the sizing on the Catalina is known to be “generous”, you may need to get some work done on it yourself.
In my humble opinion, this is the type of shirt Bond should of worn to the One and Only Ocean Club. In terms of style details, it’s very similar to the screen used Alfani: soft, unstructured collar, chest pocket, tonal buttons, shorter straight hem. But the fabric is a 100% linen from Baird McNutt, which would be much more appropriate for the tropical heat and humidity. Sizes XS to XXL are on sale at Todd Snyder.
The Skyfall “Enjoying Death” Shirt
Finding a decent alternative for the Skyfall Zara Enjoying Death Shirt has been a noble quest for many a fan since the movie premiered in 2012. The shirt used in the film was a Zara Youth model in light blue with a darker navy and royal blue floral motif micro print. The images below from James Bond Lifestyle give an excellent look at the shirt’s details.
If you’re a little patient and don’t mind going the Made-To-Measure route, Proper Cloth has a 100% cotton fabric that comes very close to the one used for the Zara shirt. And you can add all the stylistic touches necessary to make it almost screen accurate. Here’s how to get it: start by clicking on the link above. Next select the fabric (it’s the “Light Blue End-on-End Micro Floral Print”, code PCF2096). Now you’ll be able to select the collar style (I’d suggest the unfused “Soft President Spread”, but there are other options), the cuff (“Soft One Button”), the pockets (“Reverse Pleat Pockets”), and the placket (“Soft Front Placket”). After that you can play around with the back yoke and hem. Once you have the details entered, you can use one of Proper Cloth’s various sizing tools to enter your size. And then you wait for your custom “Enjoying Death” shirt to be delivered!
Or, if you’re even more patient, you can wait for the always reliable ROYALE Filmwear to launch it’s interpretation. And it only costs four bucks more than the Proper Cloth option. The original inventory is now sold out. But owner Daniel Love is looking at organizing another production run. So if you’re interested, just email them at “firstname.lastname@example.org” with your size and he’ll notify you when it becomes available. Considering the excellent work ROYALE has done in the past, it will probably be worth waiting for!
Mustang Casper Multi-Dobby Shirt in Blue: on sale for £41.24
One for those of you that are more “inspired by” Bond’s style. The Casper uses a 100% cotton fabric with a subtle dobby weave that adds small ticks of red, blue and teal to create the pattern. The chest pockets also have a unique flap design that sets it apart from most of the other utility shirts out there. Zalando has sizes small to XXL in stock. But unfortunately they don’t ship to the U.S.
Luckily for those of you in the U.S., there’s another solid option that really captures that “Enjoying Death” vibe. This one from Grayers uses a pale blue 60% cotton, 40% linen chambray fabric that has subtle geometric micro-print. The chest pockets are missing the flaps. But I still think it would work great under a beaten up leather jacket. They have sizes small to XXL in stock on their website.
Now, if you’re willing to go fully custom made (and pay for it), then you can get pretty darn close to the perfect shirt. Magnoli Clothiers has a Made-to-Measure program, so you should get a great fit. And they’ve nailed down the style details, from the printed fabric to the mitre-cut cuffs to the reverse pleat chest pockets. Indy’s also very well-known in the Bond-style community and has created a lot of great pieces for many fans.
Goodthreads Long Sleeve Linen Shirt in Blue Floral: $8.18 to $30.00
Alfani Warren Long Sleeve Shirt in Elevate Blue: on sale for $24.99
Ecoths Huck Long Sleeve Shirt in Blue Wing Teal: on sale for $34.99
Express Slim Solid Stretch Oxford Shirt in Fountain Blue: on sale for $36.00
Lands’ End Traditional Fit Utility Linen Shirt in Hazy Blue: on sale for $54.99
Topo Designs Mountain Chambray Shirt in Blue: on sale for $62.30 to $89.00
The SPECTRE Blue Linen Shirt
Briefly seen during the daytime train sequence in SPECTRE, the Orlebar Brown Blue Linen Shirt Bond wears under the Matchless Blouson and with the Brunello Cucinelli chinos and J.Crew Kenton boots has definitely caused some confusion. The shirt is from Orlebar Brown, but as far as I know six years later the exact model still isn’t 100% confirmed. Options from their past lineups including the Malone, the Morton Classic in Butterfly Blue, the Morton Tailored in Butterfly Blue, and the original Morton in Sky.
Malone Morton Classic
Morton Tailored Original Morton
The good news is we’ve got lots of great option this season, so I’m being stricter with the main alternatives. No chest pockets, no button down collars and we want to get as close as we can to the color we see on screen. If you don’t mind (or actually prefer) a chest pocket, I’ve included some additional options with that feature under the “Also Try” heading below.
It’s a 60% linen, 40% cotton fabric (which will help minimize some of the wrinkles) and the color looks to be a good match. Plus it has those tabs that help keep your rolled sleeves in place. It’s also reasonably priced and there’s plenty of sizes in stock on Amazon. If you’re a small, XL or XXL, I’d suggest you head over to the Perry Ellis website, where the shirt’s on sale for $24.99.
The good news is this 51% linen, 49% organic cotton alternative is a great match for Bond’s shirt and Banana Republic has just done a re-stock so all sizes are available. The bad news is that it’s not currently on sale. But the way they’ve been shuffling out discount codes lately, I’ve no doubt that will change in the near future if you can wait a bit.
Proper Cloth is better known for their MTM program (see the “Enjoying Death” alternative above). But they get a lot right with their off-the-rack offerings as well. This particular shirt uses a 55% cotton, 45% linen blend oxford fabric with a slight slub texture to give it some character. It’s also a medium weight, so the shirt is more opaque than many of the cheaper linen shirts out there. Both the collar and cuffs are unlined to give it a more casual look. And although the shirt is great as it is, you can customize it to change things like the collar style, placket design or to upgrade the buttons. They have a large selection of collar sizes and sleeves lengths available in Super Slim, Slim and Classic fits.
This season’s model from the maker of the original SPECTRE shirt. To my eyes, the fabric looks a little lighter weight and slubby in the product photos than ones from years past. But that could just be me. Sizes small, medium and 3XL are sold out now. If you’d like something a little more refined, check out the Giles Tailored Fit Shirt in Light Larimar which uses an Italian linen with a smoother finish.
Banana Republic Factory Slim Fit Linen Blend Shirt in Marfa Blue: on sale for $29.99
Tasso Elba Linen Shirt in Billowing Cloud: on sale for $33.99
Mango Outlet 100% Linen Slim Fit Shirt in Sky Blue: on sale for $45.99
The No Time To Die Beige Linen Cotton Shirt
And we’ll end with the latest linen shirt in Bond’s collection. Seeing as the film hasn’t yet hit cinemas, we don’t really know what Bond will be doing when he wears this Connolly X Finamore piece (aside from giving Madeleine a serious stare and standing next to his Aston Martin). But you can check out this video from The Bond Experience for a detailed analysis of the actual shirt, which was only available in a limited edition run. The most distinctive feature of the linen and cotton blend shirt is that cutaway collar. So that’s something we want to see on our alternatives.
Only & Sons Caiden Life Solid Linen Shirt in Chinchilla: on sale for $30.00/£23.99
The color comes close, although it seems to lean a little more grey/brown in the product photos than the Connolly. And it doesn’t have the screen accurate cutaway collar. But the 55% cotton, 45% linen has a nice slub texture. And thirty bucks is a more than reasonable price. You’ll find plenty of sizes at Dress Inn. Just watch out for the added shipping costs, which can get a little steep!
Mango Outlet Linen Slim Fit Shirt in Sand: on sale for $45.99/£19.99
A solid alternative suggested by AJB007 forum member Thomo. This is the beige version of the Mango alternative for Die Another Day shirt we shared above. So it has that same classic one-piece Cooper collar that gives it a distinctive look. The color looks to be a paler beige than Bond’s shirt. But it’s still dark enough to bring out the slub texture, which I like. Sizes are starting to run low on the Mango Outlet website, with smalls and mediums now sold out.
The beige version of the Banana Republic alternative for the Bond’s blue SPECTRE shirt we shared above. Like that one, this uses a 51% linen, 49% organic cotton fabric. Again, the color looks to be lighter than the Connolly X Finamore shirt (I’ve seen this one in-store and it is a little darker than it appears on-line). It’s also missing the cutaway collar. But if you can wait for it to go on sale, it won’t do a bad job of giving us the look we want. Sizes small to XL are available on their website.
An excellent suggestion from AJB007 forum member Agent Eternal. The color isn’t a perfect match for the screen-used shirt. But this alternative from Proper Cloth does come with the correct cutaway collar style. And in terms of quality, it’s hard to beat the Baird McNutt linen fabric they use. Since the shirt is made on a per order basis, you can use standard shirt sizing or your own unique measurements to get exactly the fit your need.
A great alternative recommended by Oliver, one of our readers. This one is a 100% linen shirting, rather than the 70% cotton, 30% linen blend of the Connolly X Finamore. So the fabric has more of slubby textured look. But the color is an excellent match. And that cutaway collar really nails the style. At €120, it ain’t cheap. But since the second run of the Connolly-Finamore shirt was limited to 50 units at a price of £295.00, the Windsor shirt actually starts looking like a pretty good deal! European sizes 40 to 45 are available at the Peek & Cloppenburg website.
Vince Linen Long Sleeve Shirt in Desert Sand: on sale for $59.00
Bloomingdale’s Bi-Color Linen Shirt in Sand: on sale for $73.50
Have some suggestions for alternatives for the James Bond long sleeve casual summer shirts we’ve shared in Part 3? Tell us about them in the comments! If you’re looking for Bond’s solid colored short sleeved summer shirts, remember to check out Part 1 of our series. And you’ll find alternatives for the short sleeve patterned shirts in Part 2. Finally, we cover the Bond inspired polos in Part 4. You can also visit our Facebook Page, Instagram Account and Pinterest Boards for more James Bond and Steve McQueen style advice, inspiration and info!