I could fill this blog and write for a few weeks if I was going to try and inform you of every gadget that there ever was- instead, I thought I would highlight the most memorable and some of my favourites.
Agent: Sean Connery
Active Service: 1962 - 1967 and 1971
Russia With Love and Goldfinger
Gadget: Attaché Case
A black leather attaché case that contains: .25 calibre ammunition hidden beneath the feet studs; a throwing knife can be detached after pressing the right top latch; the case contains a folding AR-7 sniper rifle, with inferred telescopic sight; a tear gas cartridge disguised as a tin of talcum powder (if you don’t open the case in a precise manner, the tear gas explodes) and in the base of the case are fifty gold sovereigns, for emergencies.
Gadget: Aston Martin DB5
Probably the best known Bond gadget. The first video sees Q briefing Bond on the car:
The second video shows the DB5 in action:
Gadget: Jet Pack
Bond uses this high tech gadget to great effect- a quick get away, in style!
You Only Live Twice
A mini scuba tank which gives the user four minutes of air under water. Very handy when trying to escape from sharks!
Gadget: Little Nellie
Q’s masterpiece – a small combat-ready helicopter. Click here to see her in action.
Active Service: 1969
‘Casino Royale started a new era for Bond…’ No, no, it didn’t. During the franchise’s fifty year history, the films have included gadgets and removed the use of gadgets on every occasion to ‘re-establish the character’ or to ‘get away from camp theatrics’. This was done in some respects in the 1980's with
and also with Craig. But On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was the first
time they made it about Bond taking on the villains as an agent, not relying
heavily on gadgets or cheap tricks. So with only one film to his name, I fail
to bring a highlight for him. Anyone?
Agent: Roger Moore
Active Service: 1972 – 1985
Gadget: Rolex Watch
The coolest 007 watch comes from the most gadget-heavy of the Bond films, back when he still sported the Rolex Submariner. Equipped with an electromagnet and a rotating saw, this gift from Moneypenny saved our hero from a pool of sharks.
Gadget: Fake Third Nipple
Just needed to remind you all of this one!
Gadget: Lotus Esprit
This version comes with an extra – submarine mode!
Gadget: Folding Jet
Just what you need for a quick get away, especially when it’s hidden behind a horse’s rear end!
Agent: Timothy Dalton
Active Service: 1987 - 1989
Gadget: Aston Martin V8
Gadget: Dentonite Toothpaste
Agent: Pierce Brosnan
Active Service: 1995 - 2002
Gadget: Parker Pen Grenade
Handy when it ends up in the hands of your enemies!
Gadget: Ericsson Mobile Phone
It can make phone calls, it also comes with a handy attachment that can pick any lock in the world, has two metal prongs that slide out and fire electric shocks from them. But, the best part – the phone can be used to remote control Bonds BMW 750iL.
Gadget: Ski Suit Escape Pod
You never know when an avalanche will happen, do you, Mr Bond?
Agent: Daniel Craig
Active Service: 2006 - present day
This new age of realism still brings gadgets with it– but more technological aids. This one came in very useful when Bond was poisoned and had to re-start his heart!
So there we are, a few highlights of some of the gadgets from fifty years of Bond. Have I missed any you love? Let me know.