Pierce Brosnan actually had quite a diverse collection of sunglasses that he wore during his tenure as James Bond, using at least one pair in three out of his four films. In Goldeneye (GE) he wore Persol:
In The World is Not Enough (TWiNE), it was Calvin Klein and an unknown model from an unknown brand:
And in Die Another Day (DAD), he wore Oliver Peoples and again Persol:
All in all, one can see that Brosnan’s Bond had eclectic taste when it came to protecting his eyes from the sun, giving us lots of opportunity to choose the ones that work best for our needs and our face shapes .
First up are the GE Persols:
It is fairly clear from the arrow emblem on the temple arms that these glasses were made by Persol. However, there is some dispute as to the original model number. This AJB007 thread goes over the issue, along with the suspected fake sunglasses that are being sold as the actual 2611-S worn by Brosnan:
When you do your homework (and just comparing the pictures above), the 2611-S are clearly not the same model of sunglasses as seen in the movie. The temple arms do not match and the frame and lens shape are very different, to name two discrepencies. So, as far as I know, the search continues.
Best Options for the Brosnan Bond Sunglasses from Goldeneye
There are actually a few options that are available from Persol that fit the style of the original GE Persols. The best by far, in my opinion, is the 3135-S model in Havana/Brown ($193.70):
These come in 52-19-140 & 55-19-145 sizes. The bridge is of a similar thickness, the top of the frame has just the right amount of curvature, the bottom is squared off in a similar way to Brosnan’s, and the temple arms are thin.
Next, there is the 2989-S model ($185.17):
These come in 57-18-14. The temple arms have a little flare as they connect to the face and the bottom of the rim is a little too rounded, but, otherwise, these are almost spot on.
There also exists the 3019-S model in Havana/Crystal Green ($157.48):
These are not the most similar to the originals, but they offer an update to the original look. These come in either 52-18-40 or 55-18-45 sizes. The temple arms are thin and the lenses are of a similar size, but the bridge is thinner and the frame shape is not as squared at the bottom and curves differently at the top.
Outside of Persol, one can still go with a Bond (and Brosnan) brand with the Oliver Peoples Bernardo model ($320):
These glasses were worn by Brosnan in the movie The November Man, and if you don’t like that particular color, there is a myriad of color options available on the net and on eBay.
The World is Not Enough:
The first pair of sunglasses Brosnan wears in TWiNE are well known, and they are the Calvin Klein model 2007. These glasses are described in detail over at James Bond Lifestyle.
Unfortunately, the second pair in TWiNE are not so easily identified. They do, however, come with an interesting story. Whether or not the story is true, I’ll leave up to you. The details of the sunglasses and the story are found at James Bond Lifestyle. Basically, two different sources have stated that these sunglasses were bought off the shelf, but each source states a different provider.
One source stated that the provider was called “Blue” (a company I cannot find) and that the model number was 9048 ANT BLUE 50X19. The same source states that the original lenses were taken out by the costume department and replaced with the blue lenses seen in the film. I can buy the off-the-shelf story; but the idea that a company called “Blue” had a model name that includes the words “Ant Blue” and the original lenses weren’t right and needed to be replaced “bluer” lenses? I’m not saying this story can’t be true, I’m just personally having a hard time swallowing it.
The next source states that they were off the shelf from Scrivens Optitians, a company that still exists today. The source states the blue lenses were an add-on to the original design and that the wife was the one who helped make the choice regarding the use of the frames. The sources continues on to say that the wife also lent her advice on the next Bond film (though what kind of advice is not mentioned), but the source appears to state that the next Bond film was Tomorrow Never Dies, which, obviously, was the film before TWiNE. Certainly it’s possible that the source made a mistake or I am reading their sentence incorrectly, but things just don’t add up fully for me on the is one either.
Best Options for the Brosnan Bond Sunglasses from The World is Not Enough
Out of the four Brosnan Bond films, it’s probably the most difficult to find good sunglass alternatives for the ones used in TWiNE. The style of the first pair is very sporty. Of course, it makes sense that Bond is wearing sporty sunglasses while skiing, but this is not a classic Bond look and may rub some purists the wrong way. However, I like to see it as an opportunity. Basically every other pair of sunglasses Bond has ever worn are primarily suitable for city wear, use at the beach, or driving. So here is our chance to adopt a Bond look when we’re actually doing something active, be it a warm or cold weather, land or water based sport.
With that said, Calvin Klein no longer makes the correct model, nor do they make sporty sunglasses that look even remotely like the ones in TWiNE. To be honest, Calvin Klein was probably not the best choice for Bond’s sporty sunglasses; it probably would have been more inline with the movie character to be wearing something with more classic styling that is also top-of-the-line in the field of ski eyewear. Oh, I don’t know, maybe something like the Vuarnets from Spectre? It just so happens that Vuarnet makes a frame that is still readily available that is similar in design: the Vaurnet 0113 model ($145):
The color is described as “dark grey”, but it looks more mid grey to me. The details are not exactly the same as the Calvin Klein originals, but they have the same sporty spirit and are from a Bond certified brand.
Another great option are the Zeal Backyard model ($119):
If you like the general style and are ok with a color change, Vuarnet also makes the Val 1502 ($185.87):
It’s difficult to come up with alternatives for the X-ray glasses from TWiNE. One problem is that, according to the sources mentioned above, they may not necessarily have been sunglasses. To me, they look like a generic pair of thin rimmed, rectangular prescription glasses frames. So, honestly, your best bet for a screen accurate look is to find a pair of matching glasses and get light blue sunglass lenses put in. However, if you want to keep within Bond brands and are okay with a little update to the originals, there are a few good options available. The most accurate option is from none other than Calvin Klein. The CK8013 ($170.63) model in Gunmetal is not perfect (the temple arms appear slightly thicker and the the earpieces have a pattern on them), but they do allow you to own a pair sunglasses from the Bond certified brand Calvin Klien; they measure 53-17-140:
Next up is the Persol model 24012v ($146.95). This model doesn’t come in black, the temple arms are not metal and the pens height looks the slightest bit small:
Die Another Day (DAD):
Identification of the first pair of sunglasses in DAD has been best discussed in The Suits of James Bond‘s post regarding the outfit Brosnan is wearing with the sunglasses. It is in the comment section that multiple sources state that the sunglasses are a pair of Brosnan’s own personal sunglasses made by Oliver Peoples. Why trust a few random people’s statements in the comments section of a blog? Because the people making those statements just happen to be some of the world’s leading authorities on James Bond Clothing memorabilia. Most, if not all of them, are members of the AJB007 forums. You don’t have to trust them; I’m just saying that I do. The exact model is not completely known, but it is speculated that they could be the Aero 57 model, which retail for around $275.00:
Clearly, the current incarnation of the model is not identical to the sunglasses that Brosnan is wearing in DAD, but the key details are there.
The second pair of sunglasses in DAD are not just known, they were made specifically for Bond. The Persol model 2672 was made for the movie as detailed at James Bond Lifestyle.
Best Options for the Brosnan Bond Sunglasses from Die Another Day
If you are of the belief that the first pair of sunglasses worn by Brosnan in DAD are in fact Oliver Peoples, then the Aero 57 ($289) model can still be found:
Oliver Peoples also offers the Aero 54 model ($273.81):
Now, onto the easy one. The last pair of glasses Brosnan wears in DAD are very similar in style to the 2720 model worn in Casino Royale, which you can find for $200.00 to $600.00 on ebay:
While these can be found on ebay from time to time, it is very hard to find the right color code. However, this style is actually very “classic” Persol, and two other options currently exist in the Persol lineup that are worthy alternatives. The models are the 2747 model ($140.42):
And the 2803 model ($185.17):
The 2747 model measures 57-16-140, and the 2803 model comes in at 58-16-140. The differences may seem subtle, but they are actually quite different glasses. The 2747 wear much smaller on the face and suit my face much better than the 2803 model. So, it’s definitely worth trying both out to see what works best for you.
One very interesting point about the 2747 and the 2803 is that one of them is likely the pair that Brosnan wears in the movie The November Man, so they remain a very Brosnan style choice (again check out the James Bond Lifestyle for the analysis).
Going the Extra Mile:
If you really want to go the extra mile, their is one more pair of glasses that Brosnan wore during his stint as Bond. During the pre-title sequence of The World is Not Enough, Bond is disguised as a banker and to pull off the “disguise”, he dons a pair of explosively stylish glasses:
If you’re like me and wear corrective vision glasses regularly, then you may want to look into getting a pair of Bond-style frames. Alternatives for the TWiNE glasses are best found within the established Bond brands. Personally, I went with the Persol model 3122v ($139.95)in Havana:
The bridge is very similar, along with the frame’s top curvature and the thin temple arms, but there are obvious geometric structural differences, including overall lens shape and height. These are offered in a 48-19-145 or a 50.
Next up is the Oliver Peoples Tosello ($242) in Raintree:
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