If you’re looking for optical inspiration and a timeless eyewear classic, look to the cinema for inspiration. The movies offer a veritable feast of designs which have earned iconic status through the decades. From Indiana Jones to James Bond, I’ve looked back at some of my favorite films to find the most iconic eyewear styles worn by actors and actresses.
1. Robert Redford | Three Days of the Condor | 1970s
It may not be his most famous film, but for style, it’s right up there as one of the classics: Three Days of the Condor (1975 Paramount Pictures), starring Robert Redford is a political thriller directed by Sydney Pollack and featuring Redford alongside Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, and Max von Sydow. Redford’s gold-framed aviator-style glasses were part of his iconic style in the film, which in 2012 was nominated one of the 25 most stylish films of all time by menswear magazine GQ.
It doesn’t get more classic than the Ray-Ban 3025, which features a similar golden sheen Redford’s style in the movie. This frame has the traditional double bridge and comes in a choice of size and can be ordered with polarized lenses.
2. Harrison Ford | Indiana Jones | 1980s
Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones glasses in Raiders of the Lost Ark (Paramount, 1981) were the quintessential retro tortoiseshell design. Ford wears the glasses at the beginning of the movie when seen as a university professor, teaching ancient history and archaeology – dressed for the part in a tweed three-piece suit.
3. Thelma and Louise | 1990s
The cat’s eye has had many great and memorable moments on the silver screen. In Thelma and Louise, the tortoise style worn by Louise Sawyer (played by Susan Sarandon) is cited as an iconic piece in film fashion. The tortoise coloration was particularly elegant, and the shape well balanced with a smart keyhole bridge.
A Feminine Cat Eye
The original frame from Thelma and Louise was created by Ray-Ban. The latest styles in the collection include the Ray-Ban 4314N Nina and the fabulously stylish Ray-Ban 4325 – available in Havana or Black.
4. James Bond | 2000s
Persol has long been a favorite brand of the stars. In Casino Royale, Daniel Craig’s James Bond wears Persol exclusively – the frames featured come in beautiful Italian tortoiseshell frame with all the distinctive Persol design features like the silver arrow point hinges and green lenses. Craig also wears a metal Persol frame at the start of the film.
James Bond Style
Choose a Persol classic: 2374V is a men’s reading style with a solid rectangular form and lightweight construction. For sun protection, a Persol 3012V provides the perfect balance of comfort with sophisticated design.
5. Clark Kent | Superman | 2010s
Clark Kent’s iconic oversized specs have always been a talking point for eyewear enthusiasts. In Batman v Superman, the look continued to evolve with Henry Cavill wearing large, black rimmed-glasses. The frame has a rectangular shape and small details such as silver rivets on either side of the front.