MONDAY JUNE 26, 2017
 
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SHADES OF JAMES BOND
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Over the course of 50 years, 24 films, countless exotic locations, dozens of women, scores of super-villains, and God only knows how many vodka martinis, James Bond has not only survived, but has become the definitive gentlemen’s style icon. Be it the cars, the gadgets or the suits, Bond shoots to kill – and never misses.

James_Bond_-_Dr._No.jpgWith 007 back on the silver screen in Spectre and speculation that this might be Daniel Craig’s last film in the epic franchise, we look back through the decades at his style legacy, from the classic Connery years to the present day.

In the very first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962), Sean Connery’s 007 doesn’t wear sunglasses – in fact, the only pair to appear in the film are worn by his American counterpart, Felix Leiter. The exact model is not known, but they’re certainly a cat-eye shape, which would be rather unusual to see on a man today.

James_Bond_-_From_Russia_With_Love.jpgIn the following film, From Russia With Love (1963), the super-spy himself sports a pair of shades, though bizarrely, the first place we ever see him wear them is inside Istanbul’s famous Hagia Sophia. To the best of our knowledge, this pair are Oliver Goldsmith “Consul”, which are still manufactured today!

James_Bond_-_Thunderball.jpgIn Thunderball (1965), James Bond is seen wearing one of the very earliest examples of polarized lenses: the Polaroid Cool Ray N135. As with much of the gadgetry used (and abused) by 007 over the years, he always remains several steps ahead of the curve.

Somewhat inexplicably, sunglasses disappear almost entirely from the James Bond universe for the next 20 years, though came back with a starring role in 1985’s A View to Kill. The ultra-rare Willy Bogner 7003 Eschenbach shades make an appearance at the beginning of the film, when 007 is in Siberia, and later, disguised as “James St. John Smythe” on his enemy’s estate in northern France, he dons a pair of customized, Persol look-a-like shades that allow him to see through a tinted window.

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Fast forward to the Pierce Brosnan era, and Golden Eye (1995). Here 007 wears a real pair of Persol sunglasses, albeit a model long since discontinued, the 2611-S, during his trip to Cuba.

In the next Pierce Brosnan film, The World is Not Enough (1999), sunglasses would again play an active role in the plot of the film. This time, it was a pair of off-the-shelf specs customized with blue lenses (the ANT BLUE 50X19, in case you’re wondering). In a casino scene, Bond uses them to see in “X-ray” vision, revealing the various guns and knives of his enemies around the room. Elsewhere in the same film, 007 rocks a pair of super-sleek Calvin Klein 2007 sunglasses during a ski chase.

brosnan_bond.jpg The final Pierce Brosnan film, Die Another Day (2002), saw Bond back in Cuba, and also back in Persol – (a coincidence perhaps, that Persol’s most famous colour scheme is Havana?) This model, the Persol 2672, was designed specifically for the movie, with the brand stating they were “specially crafted to tie in the brand characteristics of the eyewear with those of the Bond character – understated elegance and sophistication.”

James_Bond_-_Casino_Royale.jpgThough the next film featured a new Bond, Daniel Craig, 007’s choice of eyewear remained resolutely Persol for the next film, Casino Royale (2006). There are two pairs of Persol shades: in the first half of the film, Bond wears the 2244 model, which has a metal, rectangular frame, and in the second half, the 2720, a more classic tortoiseshell frame, which was released to the public as a special edition tie-in for the film.

James_Bond_-_Quantum_of_Solace.jpgIn Quantum of Solace (2008), the exact model of sunglasses worn by Bond was the subject of some controversy among 007 fans, as the Tom Ford 108 worn by Bond in the film seemed to be an exact copy of an older, discontinued model by Oliver Peoples, the Airman. Legend has it that the film’s production team had originally chosen the Airman model, but Tom Ford, who already had a licensing deal to make Bond’s suits in the film, produced a replica model (the Tom Ford 108), which is what Daniel Craig ended up wearing.

James_Bond_-_Skyfall.jpgThe Tom Ford connection continued in Skyfall (2012). This time however, it was not a special edition produced for the film, but one of the standard models in the Tom Ford range, the MARKO (FT0144) sunglasses, which are still available now.

In Spectre (2015), Daniel Craig once again sports Tom Ford sunglasses, and from the information we have so far, it could be as many as three different frames. From their appearance in the trailer, we can be fairly that certain that the SNOWDON (FT0237) will feature, though there are other production stills floating around in which 007 wears the HENRY (FT0248).

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Finally, aside from the Tom Ford frames, it seems as though Bond will wear a pair of Vuarnet Glacier sunglasses up in the mountains, with their trademark perforated leather side shields.

All the sunglasses from the latest film are available now, at SmartBuyGlasses. Check them out now, before your next episode of international espionage!



 

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