Cartier Vendome Santos sunglasses

Cartier Vendome Santos sunglasses, the billionaires' choice
Cartier Vendome Santos sunglasses, the billionaires' choice
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Cartier Vendome Santos sunglasses, large
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Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) wearing Cartier Vendome Santos sunglasses and eyeglasses in A View To A Kill
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Cartier Vendome Santos eyeglasses
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In the movie A View To A Kill (1985), Max Zorin (played by Christopher Walken) wears a pair of gold Cartier Vendome Santos sunglasses and eyeglasses. The sunglasses are worn by Zorin when he meets James Bond (Roger Moore) at Château de Chantilly. The eyeglasses can be seen in the last scene when the Zorin tries to kill Bond with his Zeppelin and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Zorin's Cartier Vendome sunglasses have a gold frame and very lightly tinted lenses. The details in the nose bridge and hinges are silver with gold 'screws'. This is the "Santos" model of the Vendome. Other color variations were available, with different names: the "Laque" (a solid color), the "Santos Swarovski" (chrystals instead of the screws) and the "Louis Cartier" (silver and gold lines). The model is also available in three different sizes: small, medium and large.

The Cartier Vendome eyeglasses worn in the last scene have a gold frame and clear lenses. The frame seems to be the same as the sunglasses frame, with the Santos details.

You can still find a selection of these high end sunglasses on eBay (where they go between $500 - $2000) or on specialised shops like Vintage-Sunglasses-Shop.com.

The Vendome glasses were launched by Cartier in 1983 and only producted in the 1980s. Famous appearances include Gordon Gekko wearing them in the movie Wall Street (1987) and rapper Jay-Z sported a pair in his 2003 music video for the single Bonnie and Clyde.

Cartier is one of the brands mentioned in the end credits of A View To A Kill.

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