A selection of sunglasses that are made classic in movies. From the famous Ray-Ban Wayfarers, sported by Tom Cruise to the latest Tom Ford 108 sunglasses worn by James Bond, already a classic!
Actor Tom Cruise as Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, wears Ray-Ban 3025 (also known as the Ray-Ban Aviator) sunglasses in the 1986 movie Top Gun. Similar sunglasses were also used by other characters in the film.
The exact color of the Ray-Ban sunglasses that Tom Cruise is wearing is unknown, but it was probably a gold frame, with grey / green lenses.
According to Time magazine, Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses sales jumped 40%, due to their appearance in Top Gun.
Reference: Ray-Ban RB 3025 - Color: silver frame, mirror glass lenses
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Breakfast at Tiffany’s in 2011, Oliver Goldsmith released the 'Manhattan', a similar pair of glasses of the glasses worn by Audrey Hepburn in the movie. The Manhattan was available in several colors, including Dark Tortoise with green lenses, the version seen in the film.
Reference: Oliver Goldsmith, dark tortoise frame, green lenses
Tom Cruise was partly responsible for the Ray-Ban revival in the 80s, because he sported a pair of black Wayfarer sunglasses in the 1983 movie Risky Business. The popular sunglasses can be seen in the movie as well as on the movie poster.
The modern Ray-Ban Wayfarer has the Ray-Ban logo on the sides and written on the lens, but the ones worn by Tom Cruise do not have the text "Ray-Ban" on the side of the temples or or on the lens, and instead have a similar chrome 'diamond' on the front as well as on the sides. See image on the left for a 'photoshopped' picture of vintage Wayfarers with that old design.
Reference: Ray-Ban Wayfarer, vintage, exact modelnumber unknown - Color: black
In the movie Men in Black Will Smith wears Ray-Ban RB 2030 Predator sunglasses. These Ray-Ban wrap frames can be seen in the movie, on the posters and are even mentioned in the Men in Black title song by Will Smith, as he sings "the black suits with the black Ray-Bans on".
Tommy Lee Jones wears the same sunglasses in this film, and in the sequel Men in Black II. Ray-Ban reported a huge increase in sales of these glasses due to the popularity of the movie.
The Predator glasses can be bought with Matte frame or Glossy frame.
Reference: Ray-Ban RB2026 and RB2030 Predator - Color: W3284 Glossy Black frame / G-15XLT lenses
The sunglasses that Tom Cruise wears in the beginning of the movie Mission: Impossible II are the famous Oakley Romeo sunglasses. The futuristic looking Oakley sunglasses contain a audio visual presentation of the mission. Unfortunately the glasses have a self-desctruction mechanism, so Tom throws them away just before they explode.
The original Romeo sunglasses are not available anymore. On eBay they fetch really high prices (see Oakley Romeo eBay listings).
Complete the look
Ethan Hunt wears a slightly modified Casio G-Shock DW6900 watch in the film.
Since GoldenEye, Bond has usually worn Persol sunglasses, but in Quantum of Solace he chooses Tom Ford.
These Tom Ford glasses, made of a semi matte rhodium frame with black temple tips and smoke blue lenses (19V) are handmade in Italy by Marcolin. The glasses come in a special case with James Bond logo. There is also a brown version of these glasses, but make sure to get the blue version if you want the same one as in the movie. Unfortunately these sunglasses are now not available anymore. The only chance to find these online is on eBay.com, which offers still a wide, but expensive selection.
Reference: Tom Ford TF 108 - Color: semi matte rhodium frame with black temple tips, smoke blue lenses (code 19V)
In Casino Royale, Daniel Craig as James Bond wears two pairs of Persol frames during the film. At the start of the plot, Bond wears a Persol metal frame, the Persol 2244. In the second part of the story after experiencing a number of adventures, James changes to the Persol 2720.
The link between Persol and James Bond was celebrated by a Limited Edition Persol 2720. This Limited Edition (Persol style 2720 color code 24/31) was personalized by the 'Casino Royale Limited Edition' signature on the temple, hold in a special case featuring James Bond 007 logo, all contained in a precious black box featuring the Casino Royale theme and logo. This was available in 200 pieces only and exclusively sold at Sunglasshut (US market) and at the Persol store in Los Angeles.
The regular version of these glasses are still available online and worldwide in the finest optical shops and department stores, and come in a special box with embossed 007 logo.
There is only one version that is the correct one (as seen in the movie), and that is the Persol 2720 with color code 24/31 (Turtle frame and green lenses), but some people prefer the black version with grey lenses (color code 95/48). Both are still available at several online stores, some of which are listed below.
The glasses are available with and without Polarized glasses, this can make quite a difference in price.
There are two sizes of this pair available, so be sure to order the correct size, or visit your local glasses centre and ask them to adjust the width of the temples to get that perfect fit.
Reference: Persol PO2720-S - Color: turtoise (code 24/31)
These Gargoyles sunglasses are still available and are not even expensive, so if you want that 'Dirty Harry meets Terminator' look, get them!
Reference: Gargoyles ANSI Classics - Color: Black frame, Grey Silver Flash lenses (code 3347016F)
In Fight Club, Brad Pitt wears three different types of sunglasses in the movie (all by Oliver Peoples: the Aero, the OP 523, and the Sunset, respectively). The OP-523 is by far the most popular (and hard to get!).
10th anniversary limited release
Celebrating the movie Fight Club's 10th anniversary, Oliver Peoples re-released Tyler Durden's signature sunglasses in 2009. The 523, out of production since 2000, was available for a limited time in two color options: Silver frame with Blood-Red glasses and Gold frame with Orange glasses. Only 75 of each will be sold, so this will also be an instant collector's item.
These glasses were exclusively available for purchase on the Oliver Peoples website and in Oliver Peoples boutiques.
Reference: Oliver Peoples 523 - Color: red gradient lens
Persol 0714 folding sunglasses, one of the most sought after and collected pair of sunglasses in history!
With this same classic shape as the Persol 0649 model came the 0714, with one enhancement: a frame design which folded, which added the perfect cool factor.
A pair of 0714's with custom blue lenses from McQueen's personal collection was auctioned for a little more than $60,000 in 2006:
Lot No: 62 at the 2006 Steve McQueen sale held at The Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California.
Lot Description: A pair of 1960s-era 'foldable' sunglasses with plastic tortoise shell-like frames and blue lenses; inside right arm reads "Persol;" inside left arm reads "brevett" and "Ratti" (last name of the Italian photographer, Giuseppe Ratti, who invented this eyewear in the 1910s).
Sold for $60,000 plus Premium and tax.
Footnote: These sunglasses may be the ones McQueen wore in the opening scenes of his 1968 cult film, The Thomas Crown Affair as they match up perfectly. Additionally, throughout the late 1960s, McQueen was photographed a number of times wearing this style of 'foldable' Persol sunglasses with both blue and the standard colored lenses.
Text Courtesy Bonhams & Butterfields: www.bonhams.com
A limited edition of these glasses have been made by Persol, which featured the blue lenses, but these are quite difficult to find. The regular Persol 0714 is still available in stores.
Reference: Persol 0714 Folding Sunglasses - Color: Light Havana frame with Crystal Brown lenses (code 96/33) / Havana frame with Polarized Brown lenses (code 24/57) / Black frame with Gray-Green Polarized lenses (code 95/58)