Tom Ford sunglasses featured on Quantum of Solace.

Remember when you were a kid and you just had to have all the accessories for your G.I. Joes?  The hovercraft, the boat, the tank, the guns and all the other paraphernalia made everything just so – complete.

There was no way Snake Eyes was going to go into battle without his sword.

The same is true now that you are much older and wiser.  Instead of Captain Hawk and Duke, your new heroes are ones that wear nice suits and have a license to kill like James Bond and Michael Westin.  Instead of the nun chucks, your accessories are now Aston Martins and Brioni suits.

In essence, James Bond (a.k.a. you) is not going to go into battle without his incredibly expensive spy gear.

Sometimes the most overlooked spy-related equipment can be in the sunglasses department.  Why is this gear so important?  Two reasons: 1) you can’t shoot down that fighter jet with your anti-air missle if you are aiming at the sun and 2) you can’t check out that super hot double-agent without having some cool sunnies to cover your eyeballs.

My personal two favorites are the sunglasses that were featured in the latest James Bond installment Quantum of Solace and the ones always found on Michael Westins face in the TV show Burn Notice.  Although the ones used in Quantum of Solace are designed by Tom Ford, they’re actually both manufactured by Oliver Peoples.

Check them out below:

Tom Ford FT0108 sunglasses featured in Quantum of Solace. Make sure you get them in semi-matte rhodium frames and smoke blue lenses to stay legit.

Oliver Peoples "Victory" sunglasses. Do 'em in cognac - just like Michael.

For more information about Oliver Peoples, please visit their official site.  If you’re on the hunt for the James Bond specs, try doing a search on Google and you’ll find a ton of them for sale.


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