SWEET FRAMES, SIR MICHAEL CAINE!
1965: As spy Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File, tortoise-shell paste curved rectangular glasses. Style: "Yvan" by Curry & Paxton, Ltd. of London. Inspiration: "Teviot 74" by UK Optical. (Source)
Throughout the last 50 years, Michael Caine has served the world thousands of his signature super cool/blasé glances. The best ones, have been amplified by one of the plethora of rad spectacles he has sported throughout his life. So, I’ve decided to have a weekly feature, entitled "Sweet frames, Michael Caine!" As someone who has needed to wear corrective glasses practically all of my life, I’m inspired and empowered to accept my refractive issues by those who seriously look amazing in their frames. Thanks, Four-Eyes Caine…
About the frame: This guy has cool trivia about the Harry Palmer movies. Maybe true, maybe not: still interesting. It includes that although the actual frames sold at auction probably were custom, they were fashioned after an inexpensive model that, although not free of charge under the National Health System coverage, could be fitted with the free standard-issue lenses. He also claims, MC broke 3 pairs of glasses during production of Ipcress File; and, the Harry Palmer is the first lead character in an action film to wear glasses. Badass.
Those socialists from the Sixties, they thought they were so cool with their cool cheap glasses. I’d rather take my vast choice of 4 private-insurance covered models: the leisurely "Morty Seinfelds, the thrifty "Frank Constanzas," the utilitarian “Dwight Shrutes” or the flirty “Dawn Weiners" any day, because that’s what freedom is all about.
Stay tuned for next Monday’s installment!