Updated April 22nd, 2017 – While we’re still not sure who made the Casino Royale long sleeve blue polo, both BAMF Style and The Suits of James Bond have done a good job of identifying the key features.
Features Wanted for the Casino Royale Long Sleeve Blue Polo
- Airforce blue interlocking cotton
- Ribbed Cuffs
- Open hem
- Self fabric collar
- Hidden 2 button placket
- No logo
It’s the combination of self collar, hidden placket in the right shade of blue that make it difficult to find solid alternatives for the shirt. Luckily, more brands are coming out with self collar polos, and a few have even added the hidden placket!
Best Options for the Casino Royale Blue Long Sleeve Polo
Rest easy Bond-style fans. We now have an easy choice for Best Option. This replica from Magnoli Clothiers is just about as screen-accurate as you can get. And it’s very well made. AND it comes at a more than reasonable price.
I ordered one almost as soon as they became available. So far, I’m a happy camper. Where most people seem to be having issues is with the fit. The sizing definitely runs small. Based on the size chart on their website, I selected a large for my 5’9″, 175 lbs frame. The fit is great through the torso and the length is fine. There’s a little bit of overhang at the shoulders, but nothing dramatic. And the sleeves are a touch long but, again, it’s nothing unbearable. So my advice is to go one size up from your normal size. The Royale Polo is shown below with navy chinos from Zara, a no-name grey t-shirt, and Adidas running shoes.
Self Collar and Hidden Placket
Front Row Men’s Long Sleeve Cotton Rugby Shirt in Navy/Navy: £12.22 to £18.04
For a budget polo shirt that matches the style of the Casino Royale version, it’s still really hard to beat the Front Row option
available at Amazon UK. Amazon U.S. has a newer version of this model for $19.58 to $33.97, but unfortunately they’ve now gone with a contrasting trim on the inside collar and placket. The color is a darker navy than ideal, But if the other style details (like the hidden button placket) are more important to you, then it’s still a great option.
Joules has taken a slightly different approach to the fly placket: no buttons at all. While that’s not exactly screen accurate, it still has the desired look. As for the color? It comes closest to the shade of blue seen on-screen during Bond’s balcony scene. There’s a bit of contrasting trim around the placket. But other than that this option could definitely work for those guys that find the Magnoli option too slim through the body.
Self Collar Only
For whatever reason, the fly placket on polos has fallen out of favor this year. And most rugby shirts feature contrasting collars or (not surprisingly) have team logos all over them. If you can live without the hidden buttons, there’s some decent choices available.
Honestly, that “dark navy” ain’t looking so dark on the Mango website. It has a 3-button normal placket. The color of the buttons matches the fabric, so they’re kind of hidden. Mango’s cuts tend to the slim-side. So maybe not the best choice for bulkier fellows. All sizes are in stock.
“Slub” basically means there are (mostly intentional) imperfections in the knit of the fabric. This gives the material more texture and some subtle color variations. And it definitely gives the shirt a more casual look. Boden currently has sizes xs to XXL in stock.
Well, that chest pocket isn’t exactly screen-accurate. But you know what? I kinda like it. It helps the shirt stand out in a sea of polos with little horses on them and gives it a more sophisticated look. Hey, that’s just me. However … the fabric is 100% polyester. Now you can call that “performance fabric” with “wicking properties” if you want. It’s still going to be shiny. Macy’s is stocking sizes small to XXL at the time of writing. And remember to wait for one of Macy’s frequent sales to get the price down.
A whole bunch of options from Hackett London: £95.00 to £130.00
Are they expensive? Oh, boy are they! But Hackett London has a polo to suit almost any taste. Going clockwise from the top left, the first option probably best matches Bond’s polo and is also (fortunately) the least expensive: their Long Sleeve Strech Pique Polo Shirt in Blue costs £95.00. Next is the … Long Sleeve Stretch Pique Polo in Navy/Sky for £115.00? It seems the difference between the two is the cotton to elastane ratio. The first one is 92% cotton to 8% elastane. The costlier option is 95% cotton/5% elastane. And they both have button cuffs, which some may like.
Third is the Double Mercerized Pique Polo in Blue for £120.00. It’s definitely more formal in terms of styling and fabric. That mercerized cotton gives the shirt more of a sheen and the collar has more in common with a dress shirt. Last is their Double Button Long Sleeve Polo Shirt for £130.00. It’s very similar in styling to the mercerized option. But the fabric looks to be more of a pique weave.
Images used are sourced from BAMF Style.