With No Time To Die delayed, we decided to pass the time by jumping back into classic James Bond movies by focusing on his best gadgets. It’s an essential part of the James Bond screen experience – the cool, frequently lethal tech that helps Her Majesty’s secret servant save the world.
While everyone watched the action scenes, romantic displays, and amazing dialogue when James Bond movies were on, some of us the tech lovers actually paid attention to the tech products on display. Even if some of them were real and others were just props, you must admit that these gadgets played important roles in the 007 films. Let’s take you back to some of the best ones with our rundown of some of the most memorable items in the espionage toy box.
1. Attaché Case – From Russia With Love (1963)
This black leather attaché case is definitely one of the best gadgets of the franchise even if it looked like an innocent object. It was far from harmless because its victims paid the price with nasty surprises.
Unknown to them, hidden within the object were twenty rounds of ammo, fifty gold sovereigns, a knife, an AR7 folding sniper’s rifle with infra-red sights, and a tin of talcum powder packed with tear gas.
2. Aston Martin DB5 – Goldfinger (1964)
Technically, it is a car, however, for Bond, you can refer to it as a weapon. The passenger ejector seat is a sight to behold while other extras like tire-slashers, hydraulic rams, front-loaded machine guns, revolving license plates, bulletproof shield, oil jets, and an onboard radar for monitoring the movements of the bad guys, making it more than a mere automobile.
3. Mini-breathing device – Thunderball (1965)
As you already know, James Bond had unfinished business underwater in the 4th edition. However, with Thunderball, filled with an emergency oxygen supply, the actor could breathe for about 4 minutes, enough time for him to wreak havoc on the villains.
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The British Navy actually loved the revelation that they asked the producers for the specs, only to find out that it was just a prop that was not functioning.
4. Rocket-firing cigarette – You Only Live Twice (1967)
Still on the topic of best James bond gadgets ever. Smoking kills but this particular Bond cigarette kills faster. It was so deadly that it could actually launch a tiny explosive missile at speed.
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It surely came in handy for James when he used it against a SPECTRE operative in the movie’s climax.
5. Finger clamp – Diamonds are Forever (1971)
This one is low tech but it was very deadly too. It is basically a trap for whoever is brave enough to attempt to remove Bond’s gun from his shoulder holster. An unlucky goon had the balls to make the move, let’s just say he wished he didn’t.
6. Rolex watch – Live And Let Die (1973)
A Rolex is enticing but Bond tweaked certain things to make this particular watch very different. Unknown to the bad guys, the gadget generated a magnetic field that could deflect a bullet at long range.
It also came with a miniature buzz-saw built into its bezel, which aided Bond to escape death with hungry sharks lurking.
7. Defibrillator – Casino Royale (2006)
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Daniel Craig served us this one and we definitely loved it. He simply kept a defibrillator unit inside his Aston Martin DBS in case things go south, and things did go south.
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After getting poisoned by the bad guys during a game of high-stakes poker, 007 struggles to move to where his automobile was parked and used the unit to jump-start his heart. Without it, the end result would’ve been fatal.
8. Golden Gun – The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
For once the villain has the coolest bit of gimmickry in the movie. Master assassin Francisco Scaramanga assembles his custom-built, gold-plated, 4.2 calibre pistol from an ingenious collection of parts: the handle is disguised as a cigarette case, the bullet chamber a lighter, the barrel a fountain pen, the trigger a cuff-link. His signature golden bullet – the only one he needs, given his expert marksmanship – is smuggled in his belt-buckle. You suspect Bond had a bad case of gadget-envy.
9. Seiko watch – The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Bond had already embraced the quartz crystal revolution, rocking the digital Hamilton Pulsar P2 in Live And Let Die. This upgrade includes a personal messaging device that spews a strip of ticker-tape, informing him that world-saving duty awaits. Sure, it’s essentially a pager, and easily overlooked in a film that also includes a submersible sports car. But decades before WhatsApp this simple bit of functionality delivered a genuine shiver of the future.
10. Signature gun – Licence To Kill (1989)
For once it’s Q who goes rogue, heading to Mexico to equip Bond, who’s been stripped of his license while pursuing a personal vendetta against a local drug lord. MI6’s gadget king smuggles in such delights as a laser-firing polaroid camera and exploding toothpaste along with this cunningly bespoke weapon.
Designed to resemble a Hasselblad camera, it assembles into a high-velocity rifle whose optical palm reader ensures only the registered user is permitted to fire it. A license to kill indeed.
More Information On James Bond
The James Bond series focuses on a fictional British Secret Service agent created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short-story collections.
Since Fleming’s death in 1964, eight other authors have written authorized Bond novels or novelizations: Kingsley Amis, Christopher Wood, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, Jeffery Deaver, William Boyd and Anthony Horowitz.
The latest novel is Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz, published in May 2018. Additionally, Charlie Higson wrote a series on a young James Bond, and Kate Westbrook wrote three novels based on the diaries of a recurring series character, Moneypenny.
The character—also known by their code number 007—has also been adapted for television, radio, comic strip, video games, and film. The films are the longest continually running film series of all time and have grossed over US$7.040 billion in total, making it the sixth-highest-grossing film series to date, which started in 1962 with Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as Bond.
As of 2020, there have been twenty-four films in the Eon Productions series. The most recent Bond film, Spectre, stars Daniel Craig in his fourth portrayal of Bond; he is the sixth actor to play Bond in the Eon series.
There have also been two independent productions of Bond films: Casino Royale (a 1967 spoof) and Never Say Never Again (a 1983 remake of an earlier Eon-produced film, Thunderball).
In 2015 the series was estimated to be worth $19.9 billion, making James Bond one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.
If you have any personal favorites or other recommendations, feel free to drop them in the comment section below.
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