“The name is Bond, James Bond.”
Oh what fun it is to say that and have that look of a top tier MI6 spy. When Spectre, the very latest James Bond entry came out, it was not only his gadgets, cars and women that had a lot of people talking.
Many fashion fans were out there scrambling to know what he was putting on as he kicked ass in the movie. There is nothing that say great spy more like one who can kick ass while looking stylish and fashion forward.
As it is usual, many times when a “007” movie comes out, the very first items that are usually make quite the impression to the movie fans are the sunglasses. Of course, the cars, watches and suits are also very impressionable too.
Daniel Craig takes a cool and stylish role as he does not miss a step when it comes to donning two different pairs of classic Tom Ford Sunglasses, a 1950’s inspired metal and acetate “Henry” style and a pair of bold thick-framed “Snowdon” style sunglasses. He also wears specialized glacier sunglasses for his scene on the Alps.
Let us have a look at the sunglasses one by one.
To start with, Craig accessorized his Tom Ford suit by wearing Tom Ford Snowdon sunglasses. The shiny black iteration of Tom Ford’s Snowdon soft square sunglasses is a riff on the classic Wayfarer shape. The sunglasses are made from black acetate with grey scale lenses.
If looking slick is what you are looking for when wearing a suit, then accessorizing it with these sunglasses is the final touch to that look.
The Tom Ford Snowdon sunglasses come in three distinct ranges which are Tom Ford Snowdon Havana, Tom Ford Snowdon Black and Tom Ford Snowdon Light Havana.
The Tom Ford Snowdon Havana is the sunglasses Craig wore at the Rome funeral scene. They are the Tom Ford Havana which comes in two sizes, size 50 and size 52. Craig’s size was a 50. There were four pairs on that set in Rome for Craig as he shot that funeral scene. The Snowdon comes in Black and in Light Havana too.
Below are the features of the Tom Ford Snowdon sunglasses:
- PLASTIC frame
- Plastic lens
- Lens width: 50 millimeters
- Bridge: 21 millimeters
- Arm: 145 millimeters
- Frame Material: Plastic
- Lens Material: Plastic
- Lens width: 50mm
- Bridge: 21mm
- Arm: 145mm
Bond had another scene on the Austrian mountains where he was wearing specialized glacier sunglasses made by the niche company Vuarnet. These Vuarnet sunglasses are of a vintage make and can be found at one retail shop in the United States, that is how much of a niche product it is.
The retail shop is called Westerlind which stocks designer outdoor products.
Considering Bond was going to be skiing and dodging bullets in that mountain scene, it was fitting to have the Vuarnet sunglasses as they are ideal for skiing, sky diving, hunting and hiking.
The Vuarnet have leather cord and shields which are removable which give them dual purpose; when you leave the mountains and get to town, it can transform from sports sunglasses to great looking aviators.
These sunglasses have bi-shaded mirror lenses which will give your eyes full UV protection from the sunrays while it reduces glare. When your eyes are set on your target, the last thing you need is the distracting glare bouncing from the snow and flying snow while you are skiing, that is why it has the leather shields.
Looking at the company, Vuarnet is a French company that falls under Neo Investment Partners, an establishment that prides itself in bringing Europe’s most authentic brands to the rest of the world.
Many companies scramble and pay to have their brands in the Bond movies but Vuarnet did not have to pay for the brand to be represented in the movie. With a very good history, Vuarnet was looking to rekindle its past glory and bring out their sophistication and glory.
Having sponsored the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, there is nothing that can say “exclusive, stylish and sophisticated” more than making an appearance in the Bond movie, Spectre.
To be profitable in an industry that earns billions, Vuarnet had to come up with a competitive edge, which was to make products that were unique and that stood out from the normal and mass produced sunglasses.
Having the advantage of producing its own lenses in the Paris surroundings, Vuarnet already has an upper hand in an industry that can see most of its product features come from China or get poorly produced. Vuarnet pays attention to detail from a close range.
The endearing thing about this brand and what makes it a niche product provider is the fact that it is under the radar. For one to discover such a company they would have searched for it and it will be like treasure hunting.
Below are the features of the Vuarnet sunglasses:
- Combined Acetate and Stainless Steel frame
- mirrored lens
- Lens width: 57 millimeters
- Bridge: 17 millimeters
- Arm: 140 millimeters
- Male style
- Frame material: Plastic
- Primary frame color: Black in matt, secondary color: Light Gold
- Brown with Gold mirrored style lens