For his fast and fun race against Xenia Onatopp at the start of Goldeneye*, Pierce Brosnan’s Bond wears a dark navy cable knit sweater over a light blue dress shirt and day cravat. The combination of the pre-title sequence and this scene was a great way to introduce Brosnan’s take on Bond. The raid on the Soviet chemical weapons factory quickly established his physicality and calm under pressure. It also delivered two of the best “Bond jumps from a great height” stunts since the ski-to-parachute scene from The Spy Who Loved Me. The post-title race gave us Bond fully enjoying is iconic DB5, his charm and womanizing ways on full display.
Features Wanted for the Goldeneye navy cable knit sweater
- Dark navy blue wool or cashmere
- Heavy cable knit (almost looks like an Aran knit in some pictures)
We never really get a good look at the sweater in this scene. But publicity photos released for Goldeneye give us a much clearer look at the complete outfit. The bottom half includes pleated khaki chinos and the Church’s Chetwynd Oxford Brogues. You can read more about the his look over at BAMF Style.
This has to be one of my all-time favorite Bond casual looks. It’s simple, it’s classic and it’s versatile. And with two or three simple tweaks (ditch the cravat and pleats; tuck in the shirt collar) it will look as good today as it did 21 years ago.
Best Option for the Goldeneye navy cable knit sweater
When it comes to sweaters, we mention Woolovers a fair bit here. They’re just damn good value for the money. And this is another example. 100% wool in a classic Aran pattern, it has the heavier cable knit down the front and sleeves, like Bond’s did. Wouldn’t hurt if it were a shade or two darker. But for $68, plus free shipping on orders over $50 (over £60.00 in the UK), we have to give them the trophy. They have sizes XS to XXL in stock on their site.
This one from the venerable American retailer is 100% combed cotton. So that’s nice for those of us that don’t need the warmth of wool. It’s also a true cable knit, which some may like. Just remember: this is L.L. Bean and their sizing is generous. If you want the slightly baggier screen-accurate look, go with your normal size. But if you want something a little more fitted and contemporary, drop down a size.
Another true cable knit, this time in 42% wool/16% viscose/42% synthetics blend. ASOS calls it a “regular” fit that runs true to size. But, in general, an ASOS “regular” still leans towards a slim-fit.
House of Fraser has the 80% wool/20% nylon option from Selected Homme in sizes small to XL. Looks to be a slim fit, similar to the ASOS, but in a better quality material.
I honestly didn’t expect that one of the more “classic” looking alternatives would come from Zara. But there it is. The yarn is a 69% wool/31% acrylic blend. And if the pics of the model on their site are an indication, it looks to be a more “oversized” style. It is an Aran knit pattern, but the emphasis is on the heavier cabling. So it definitely has some of those SA qualities. Only sizes large and XL are left on the Zara website.
It comes from Ireland, just like Mr. Brosnan himself. And it’s 100% Merino wool knitted into a nice, chunky Aran pattern. Carraig Donn doesn’t seem to have this model available on their website. But you can get it at their store on Amazon UK, where sizes XS to XXL are in stock. In general, I tend to prefer these small companies that make their own products locally. Call me crazy, but it just seems to give the sweaters, bags and leather goods we buy some extra charm and character.
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