Updated October 18th, 2016 – Credit to AJB007 user sruzgar for being (as far as I know) the first to identify the bag Bond used upon his arrival at the Austria clinic in SPECTRE as the Brunello Cucinelli Travel Bag. Here is a link to the sold out original on the the Brunello Cucinelli site, where it sold for $2400.00. You can find more information on the bag at James Bond Lifestyle.
Features Wanted for the SPECTRE Brunello Cucinelli Travel Bag
- Lighter brown leather
- A-Frame design
- 22″ wide by 12″ high by 9.5″ deep
- Top zip extends half way down the sides (not floor to floor)
- Zippered side pocket
- Carry handles are attached with d-rings with reinforced single rivet tabs.
I wanted to stay with genuine leather but keep the price under $250.00. So we may need to manage our expectations about the quality of the leather.
Best Option for the SPECTRE Brunello Cucinelli Travel Bag
Howick Leather Holdall: £155.00
This suggestion came from kadd over on the AJB007 forums. Great find! Looks to be smaller than the Cucinelli, but House of Fraser isn’t sharing the actual dimensions. They do another model (also called the Horwick Leather Holdall) in tan leather for the same price. The details on that one actually come closer other the screen used model. But the sizing looks a little smaller: 10.5″ by 20″ by 10″.
David King Frame Leather Duffle Bag in Cafe: on sale for $122.97
The David King Frame Leather Duffle Bag in Cafe is on sale at Briefcase.com for just under $123. It’s only 18″, has a floor to floor zipper and the color is a darker brown. But it gets the overall look right at a great sale price.
AJB007 forum member MrIceGuy recently purchased The Ambassadors Brown Leather Small Duffle Bag from Time Resistance for $197.88. He’s kindly shared some IRL pics for the bag. We’ve also added a new pic to the Community Gallery of him carrying the bag. Thanks!
The next two options come from ebags.com. So a tip: click around on the site. Discount codes will keep appearing. And look for sales codes on the top menu. You can often get 25% or 30% off the regular price. Alternatively, you could look at https://jeanneoliver.com/product/the-living-studio-art-rucksack-bark/ – a durable bag at a fraction of the price!
Latico Leathers Cabin Duffel in Cafe: $216.00
A good mid-sized bag at 21″ x 12″ x 9″. It’s currently sitting with a score of 4.8 out of 5 after 6 reviews. Obviously, the squared-off corners, lack of a front pocket zip and darker brown color mean it’s not the closest match for the Cucinelli. But in terms of quality for the price, this looks like a winner.
They’ve used full grain leather for this one. At 22″ x 8″ x 12″, it will be a decent weekender size for most people. And it’s close to the dimension of the original. Even if some of the styling details around the top zipper are a little off.
A little more “Old World”/vintage in styling, the Floto Luggage Milano Duffle Bag in Olive Brown is available on Amazon, and it’s Prime eligible. It’s missing the outside zippered pocket and it’s not a true A frame design. But it is almost exactly the same size as the SPECTRE bag and the color is a nice change from the darker brown of most of the other options. It also has some great reviews. I actually own a Floto bag (this one), and I’ve been very happy with it for the price. When I first got it, I thought the leather was on the thin side. But after three years of pretty regular use, it’s held up great and is slowly developing a nice patina.
If you find any other alternatives, feel free to share them in the comments! As more options show up, I’ll add them to the list.