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Curry & Paxton launch iconic sunglasses including Thunderball inspired frames

19 October, 2016

To celebrate the relaunch of Curry & Paxton, the optical company has released a sunglasses collection based on style icons, including the frames worn by Sean Connery in Thunderball (1965).

curry paxton sean connery thunderball sunglasses

Curry & Paxton 'Sean' sunglasses (click to enlarge)

British optical specialists Curry & Paxton first made precision lenses and ophthalmic instruments during the Victorian age and fast became one of the most respected names in their field.

Michael CaineIn the 1960s, Curry & Paxton provided eyewear to famous customers, including Sir Michael Caine. The style of sunglasses worn by Caine, for example in The Italian Job (1969) and the 1965 classic Harry Palmer film The Ipcress File, became a part of his iconography. Sunglasses are even mentioned in that film, when Harry Palmer is asked by Courtney, a beautiful woman with whom he works, if he always wears them. "Yes, except in bed," replies Palmer, to which she pointedly removes them.

Today Curry & Paxton have returned, offering a fully bespoke service, with custom high-grade cellulose optical frames from world-renowned Italian manufacturer Mazzucchelli, and prescription lenses. To celebrate the relaunch of the company, Curry & Paxton are also offering a Ready-to-Wear sunglasses collection, exclusive to Mason & Sons, inspired by classic frames worn by some of the greatest icons of the 20th century, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, James Dean, Cary Grant, John Lennon and Robert Redford.

Michael Caine's inconic frames
The Curry & Paxton Yvan, inspired by Michael Caine's sunglasses worn in The Italian Job and Harry Palmer films.

Curry Paxton Yvan michael caine sunglasses

Curry & Paxton Yvan

Available at Curry & Paxton ($296 / £229)

Sean ConnerySean Connery's sunglasses in Thunderball
The Curry & Paxton Sean model is the result of painstaking research and investigation and have been recreated from an original, vintage pair of sunglasses, identical to those worn by Sean Connery in Thunderball. These wayfarer-style sunglasses are the closest model you can get to the originals.

Curry Paxton Sean Sunglasses

Curry & Paxton Sean sunglasses

Available on Curry & Paxton ($296 / £229)

james deanJames Dean clip-on sunglasses
The Curry & Paxton Dean clip-on sunglasses inspired by style icon James Dean were cool in the 1950s and the style has come into fashion once again.

Available in two colours, the Curry & Paxton James model reflects these timeless sunglasses.

Curry Paxton James Dean clip-on sunglasses

Curry & Paxton James clip-on sunglasses in Vintage Tortoise

curry paxton light james dean clip-on sunglasses

The James glasses are also available in Caramel Tortoise

Available in Vintage Tortoise and Caramel Tortoise.

Cary GrantCary Grant sunglasses
Cary Grant was a British-American actor, known as one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. The Curry & Paxton Cary model pays tribute to style icon Cary Grant's pair of classic tortoiseshell sunglasses seen in North By Northwest (1959).

Curry Paxton Cary Grant sunglasses

Curry & Paxton Cary Dark Tortoise

curry paxton cary grant sunglasses light tortoise

Curry & Paxton Cary Light Tortoise

The Cary glasses are available in Dark Tortoise or Vintage Tortoise.

John LennonJohn Lennon round sunglasses
From the purely round glasses to these slightly more oval frames, no other person made the round sunglasses look as cool as John Lennon. The Curry & Paxton John model is inspired by the frames worn by Lennon in the movie How I Won The War (1967) and the sunglasses worn in the famous New York City shirt photos of Lennon by Bob Gruen.

Curry Paxton John sunglasses

Curry & Paxton John sunglasses

curry paxton john lennon round sunglasses


Robert RedfordRobert Redford classic aviator sunglasses
The Robert model from Curry & Paxton pays homage to Robert Redford's iconic aviator sunglasses. The classic aviator frame is timeless, and Redford wore them in a variety of styles, including as opticals. The steel framed Robert model, with diamond-coated lenses, look every bit as cool as the man himself.

Curry Paxton Robert aviator sunglasses

Curry & Paxton Robert aviator sunglasses with Diamond Mirror lenses

curry paxton rober mirror aviator sunglasses

Curry & Paxton Robert aviator sunglasses with Bold Mirror lenses

Visit the Curry & Paxton website for the complete Curry & Paxton collection.

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