The hot months are coming so it’s time to break out the James Bond summer shirts to help keep us comfortable when the temperature climbs! The good news? Print and camp collar shirts have been making a serious comeback lately. The better news? 007 has sported more than a few in his films that we can use for inspiration! So in this post we’ll be covering as many shirt styles as possible, from Connery’s Revere collars and patterns to Daniel Craig’s Madagascar Shirt from Casino Royale. Let’s get started!
The Connery Bond Revere Collar Solid Shirts
Until we saw his black Tommy Bahama shirt in the Bond 25 set photos (you can find alternatives for that one in this post), Daniel Craig’s 007 tended to stay away from revere collars (preferring his polos). But Connery’s Bond had no trouble rocking multiple versions of this shirt style (and the chest hair to match) throughout his career. We already discussed Bond’s short sleeve button front shirts in general in this article about Building a Bond Wardrobe. In this post, we’re going to focus on five shirts from Thunderball, and the beige camp shirt worn in You Only Live Twice. For more information on the looks you can check out this post and this post from BAMF Style and this article on The Suits of James Bond.
First, let’s do a quick overview of the type of collar we’re looking for, since it plays a pretty important part in the style of the shirt.
The Revere Collar
The main difference between the blue shirt and the others is the lack of a chest pocket. So that’s a detail we want to look for.
Alfani Seersucker Shirt in Admiral Blue: on sale for $41.25
Well, the Macy’s house-brand got a lot of the style details right! The color is a nice bright blue. We have the correct collar style and a straight hem so it looks good untucked. And there’s no chest pocket. The cotton/spandex fabric may not be ideal. But the price is right. Especially if you catch it during one of Macy’s frequent extra discount deals. They have sizes small to XXXL in stock on the website.
If you’re looking for something a little more toned down in color (and don’t mind paying up), this option from NN07 will do the job. They’ve used a 70% Tencel, 30% linen blend, garment dyed fabric. So it’s light-weight, breathable and has a bit of a faded look to it. End Clothing has sizes small to XL in stock.
The color leans more red than pink. But we are getting the style details we want. And the 100% silk fabric certainly sounds luxurious. Reviews are a bit mixed (3.5 stars out of 5). But most of the complaints seem to focus on problems with fading and shrinking after washing the shirt. Apparently people forgot to read that IT’S SILK and needs special care. Amazon UK has sizes XS to XXL available.
A polyester/rayan blend option coming to us from Dillard’s. And much like the 28 Palms option, the color is on the reddish side. So the fabric may not be ideal. But those style details are solid. Sizes small to XXL are in stock.
Have to say, this one is a favorite. They’ve gone with a 100% cotton fabric and the cut is more modern. Yes, the price is definitely up there. But I can see myself wearing it a lot this summer. Aphrodite has it in stock, but sizes are getting thin.
Orlebar Brown Thunderball Shirt: $295.00
You knew we had to include this one. Part of Orlebar Brown’s recent 007 collection (which has just been restocked with all sizes). The shirt is 100% linen and has a more modern, trim-fit. It’s no secret these sell out quickly. So if you want one, grab it now!
Banana Republic is offering this shirt as part of their exclusively on-line, limited edition Japan Collection. The 100% cotton khaki is a little too dark in color to be an exact match for Bond’s You Only Live Twice shirt. But we are getting the Revere style collar and the straight hem, so it looks good untucked. They have sizes small to XL in stock. However, it’s important to remember that this is made for the Japanese market. So double check the sizing chart!
Jeez, that’s a lot of cash for a Men’s Wearhouse shirt. I included for three reasons. First, the color and style details are a great match for the screen used shirt. Second, they have a ton of sizes available, which gives you bigger guys some options. Third, it’s Men’s Wearhouse so there is always some kind of sale or deal going on. For example, this shirt also comes in blue that’s a decent match for the Thunderball shirt. And they’re running a “Buy 1 get 1 free” sale right now. So that would bring the price for both shirts down to a more reasonable $60.00.
The Thunderball Patterned Shirts
007’s patterned shirts in Thunderball share a lot in common with solid color shirts. The blue and the pink gingham shirts are revere collars. And all of them have a straight hem so they’re meant to be worn untucked. Check out BAMF Style for a great write-up on the complete looks from the movie.
For our affordable alternatives, I’m trying to stick as closely as possible to the style of the shirts. So while a true camp or revere collar may not be possible in all patterns, I won’t be including any button down collars. Let’s get to it!
Not a revere or camp collar, unfortunately. But that 55% linen, 45% cotton, mid-blue gingham fabric looks a lot like what we see on screen. But you probably want to get this one tailored to give it the straight hem. Even with the extra work, this is still a very affordable option. Amazon UK has sizes XS to XXL in stock. But I can’t find this model anywhere on the Amazon U.S. site. Which is weird since it’s a house-brand.
The Rail Check Shirt in Blue: $45.00
Again, not a camp collar. But the color and scale of the pattern works well. Nordstrom has sizes XS to XXL in stock.
Yep, it’s expensive. But it’s blue gingham and it has the camp collar. YMC really tries to focus on unique fabrics. In this case, the small checks have a larger black windowpane overlay. Which is not exactly screen accurate. But it does give the shirt some extra character. Mr. Porter carries the shirt, however sizes are getting very thin.
A nice, basic, 100% cotton option from the fast-fashion retailer. This one has a hidden button down collar. So it’s pretty easy to snip those buttons off and, since no holes will be left behind, convert it into a standard spread collar. H&M has sizes XS to XXL in stock.
Todd Snyder Two Pocket Camp Collar Blue Stripe Shirt: $158.00/£124.30
This suggestion came to us from our Instagram friends Matched Perfectly (you should definitely check out their account!). It may be expensive. But it certainly has the right vibe for visiting you enemy’s Caribbean estate. The shirt is 100% cotton and made in Portugal. Sizes XS to XXL are available on the Todd Snyder website.
Another very expensive, 100% cotton option. But if this one had the chest pocket, it would be damn-near perfect. MatchesFashion has most sizes in stock, but they’re getting low in the more popular ones.
Another great budget alternative from Amazon. Again, it’s not a camp collar. And you’ll need to get that rounded hem tailored so it looks right untucked. But hey, for seventeen bucks, it’s hard to complain. They have sizes XS to XXL in stock.
White Stuff Seersucker Shirt in Pink: on sale for £25.00
Okay, we need to be careful with this one. On the House of Fraser website, they’re calling this a “Striped Seersucker Shirt”. But the shirt in the product photo sure looks like Gingham to me. So you probably want to call them just to confirm it’s the correct pattern. If it is Gingham, then this is a great affordable option. Sizes small to XXL are in stock.
Die Another Day Brioni Cuba Shirt
We have a dedicated post on alternatives for the Die Another Day Cuba shirt, which you can read here. And both BAMF Style and BondSuits do an excellent job of breaking down the entire look from those scenes. If you like the idea of an “Aloha” style shirt, but want to avoid anything that screams “BRO!”, then this is a good style to go after. The color is summery without being overly bright. And the tonal pattern, while noticeable, isn’t loud or obnoxious.
A new alternative from M&S. The darker tonal pattern reads a little darker than the screen-used Brioni. But it keeps the more understated vibe of the original. Sizes small to XXXL are in stock on the website.
A 100% cotton option from the UK based designer. The overall coloring is a little darker and the fit is absolutely on the slimmer side. But, personally, I think it’s a solid modern interpretation of the original. Sizes are running pretty low on the Ted Baker UK site. But the U.S. site still has a good selection in stock.
The Casino Royale Madagascar Shirt
It would be an understatement to say there was some controversy when fans first saw Bond in this shirt. But it’s actually a pretty versatile piece. The colors and pattern aren’t too in-your-face and work well with both beige linen trousers and jeans. The shirt also has some cool style details that set it apart. There’s the shorter length and slimmer cut, which keep you from looking like a regular at Margaritaville. And the button tabs on the cuffed sleeves are also unusual. I said it before: this feels like a serious man’s Hawaiian shirt.
ROYALE Filmwear Madagascar Shirt: $79.00
Once again: Thank you, Daniel Love! As per usual, he’s applied his keen eye for detail to produce a great repro of the custom made on-screen shirt. Only one thing was throwing some fans off: the color. The screen-used shirt had a slight yellowy-beige tint to it, while Daniel’s version has a white background. So some very creative folks over at AJB007 came up with a DIY dying solution to help achieve the look. You can read about it on this thread. And I have my review of the ROYALE Filmwear Madagascar Shirt coming very soon!
Sure, it’s missing the grey undertones and most of the smaller style details. But man, that floral pattern is really close to the screen-used shirt! If you feel like a full-on repro is a little too cosplay for your tastes, this one will definitely give you a similar look. Mango has sizes XS to Large on the website. But please note that I almost always have to size up in Mango.
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