“Best Budget Bond Finds” shares the top discoveries from the previous month. Some of these will have already been included in past posts and are deserving of another mention, some will be great alternatives found by the intrepid community, and some are just odds and ends that don’t currently have a home.
We’ve got a real mixed bag of budget finds this month, from awesome winter jackets to tighty swim trunks, with lots of footwear thrown in for good measure. So runners, take your marks … GO!
Brilliant Bond Outerwear from Our Friend Down Under
The ROYALE Filmwear Summer Sale: Use Code BOND25
Our good friend (and fan-favorite repro maker) Daniel Love is looking to move the last few pieces he has of various jackets and cardigans. So he’s offering a generous 25% off on remaining inventory. Seriously, this is a great deal. Not only are ROYALE Filmwear’s reproductions of 007’s wardrobe incredibly screen-accurate, they’re also beautifully made garments. To get the discount, just use the code BOND25 at checkout. You can follow the links below to read my reviews of some ROYALE Filmwear pieces.
And my review of the Royale Filmwear Madagascar Shirt is coming very soon! Honestly! I’m just finishing up a slight color change, then it will be ready.
It’s back! Lord help me, it’s BACK!
If you’ve been reading this site since the start you know what I’m talking about. Every fall, finding suitable alternatives for the Quantum of Solace cardigan becomes the bane of my existence. Occasionally ROYALE Filmwear throws me a lifeline and releases a new version of their excellent reproduction. But when that sells out? I’m right back in the deep end. At least this year Banana Republic is giving me some help. Their Supima Cotton Cardigan is … well, cotton. It’s also more of a fine textured knit instead of ribbed and the pockets aren’t screen accurate. However, if you need your shawl collar fix right now this will definitely help you get the Mathis Villa look. Banana Republic has sizes XS to XL in stock. And remember they’re almost always offering discount codes to bring the price down.
I’ve scheduled our dedicated post on affordable alternatives for the QoS cardigan for early August, just FYI.
The perfect jacket for hotel hunting in Morocco
Mango Suede Biker Jacket in Pastel Grey: on sale for $169.99/£109.99
For those of us still fascinated with this particular SPECTRE look. Obviously, the Mango option has some extra details: throat latch, zippered pockets and cuffs. But it’s made from genuine goat suede, it has a trim fit and the color looks like a solid match (despite being called “Grey”). Only sizes medium and large are left on the Mango website. You can find more alternatives for the SPECTRE Morocco Jacket in this post.
Some Daniel Craig casual style …
Jack & Jones Jordane Suede Jacket in Brown Stone: on sale for £87.49
Speaking of suede jackets …. I’ve been looking for alternatives for Daniel Craig’s Brunello Cucinelli jacket for a while now. This is one of those times when when I’m more inspired by the look than driven to get an exact match. I really like the idea of a suede double rider and like the way he’s wearing it. But I think the unstructured nature of the Cucinelli jacket looks a little … sloppy, I guess? So something with a little more heft would suit me fine. The Jack & Jones alternative, on sale at Zalando, is more a snuff suede color and has some extra buttons and zippers. But it’s still pretty clean for a biker jacket. At that sale price, it’s an affordable way to experiment with the look. Sizes XS to XXL are still available.
Shoes and Boots and Slip-Ons … oh my!
Just some classic, inexpensive summer shoes to help you get that Connery-Bond Thunderball look. This suggestion comes from our good Instagram friend Universal_Exports_London. They also come in Navy, which would work for the Roger Moore For Your Eyes Only outfit when he gets used as shark bait. Marks & Spencer still has almost all sizes available on their website.
I honestly thought I was the one that found the cheapest price for these Bond 25 shoes on Dillard’s. But it turns out AJB007 forum member Cajun discovered them back in mid-May. So credit to you, good sir! At a hundred bucks, the U.S. department store is selling the Sperry’s for about $60 less than other vendors. And they still have all sizes in stock.
Gordon Rush Hartwell Chukka Boot in Tan Suede: on sale for $99.97
A good J.Crew Kenton alternative from AJB007 forum member Timeyswirls. As the boot name clearly states, these are a chukka style rather than the boondocker style of the SPECTRE footwear. But they have that ever-elusive brick red sole. And with the cuff of your pants covering the top, they’ll give you the right look. Nordstrom Rack still has almost all sizes in stock. We have more Kenton alternatives in this post.
Banana Republic Arley Suede Workboot in Sand: on sale for $129.99
But if you really want 6″ boots, the Banana Republic Arleys are a suitable option. Of course they’re missing the brick red sole. But the suede color and overall styling are a solid match. I’m not sure how long the Sand color will be on sale, so you may want to move if you’re liking the looks of these ones. Sizes 8 to 12 are in stock on the website.
Brook Taverner Aughton Brown Suede Chukka Boot: on sale for £95.00
Andy suggested these alternatives in the comments for the Quantum of Solace Church’s Ryder IIIs alternatives post. Considering the original price was £249.00, they’re definitely a good deal and a good match for the screen-used boots! Brooks Taverner has whole UK sizes 7 to 12 in stock. Thanks for sharing, Andy!
Are you man enough?
These were suggested by Chris in the comments on our James Bond Swimwear post. At first I thought they were just some cheap knockoffs from a mysterious Asian factory. But a closer look revealed that a UK company that seems to have nothing to hide actually makes them. The fabric is 80% Polyamide and 20% Elastane, so there won’t be any shrinkage if you wash them in cold water. I know the style isn’t for everyone. But if you’ve got the build and confidence to wear ’em, it can be a pretty baller beach look. You can also get them in a Gift Box directly from the company. Which would be a nice package for your favorite Bond-fan to receive in the mail. Sizes small to XL are available on Ebay.
Evidence that I’m really not all that bright ….
You know what I love? Spending hours hunting down all the alternatives for BIG post, like the one on Bond’s Summer Shirts. And then, after the post is published, finding the almost perfect option from one of the most popular retailers out there. Whose website I completely forgot to check when I was initially writing the post. So I felt a special kind of stupid when I saw this shirt on Uniqlo. It’s a great match for one of the Thunderball shirts, it’s available in the UK and USA, it’s extremely affordable and they have almost all sizes in stock.
And one quick announcement before we go. Iconic Alternatives now has an official Amazon Store Page! Basically, it’s just an easier way for us to keep track of all the different alternatives we find on the giant on-line retailer. But we do receive a small commission from Amazon if you buy something directly from our store front. We have things organized there by clothing category (Pants, Jackets, Accessories, etc.). So it should be easier for you to find something specific. Hope you’ll check it out!
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