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From the sublime to the silly, these are some of 007’s best spy toys.
There can be no denying that the sometimes futuristic, sometimes silly tech employed by the world’s most famous spy is an aspect of these films almost as important and looked-forward-to as the franchise’s human components can be.
We begin with the guns. No list would be complete without the famous Beretta the world’s most famous secret agent was first known to use
Next came the Walther PPK he was ordered to use instead of the almost feminine Beretta.
And here’s a collection of guns Bond used in the movies
Now, on to the gizmos and gadgets:
First on our list is the iconic trick briefcase, often used in spy-fi. this is one of the earliest versions used in movies I can recall. Made famous in From Russia With Love (1963).
One of the most famous devices from the Bond movies is the memorable jet pack used to escape the French Chateau in the beginning of Thunderball (1965).
“Little Nellie” in You Only Live Twice (1967) – The Wallis WA-116 Agile is a mini one-person autogyro complete with guns, rockets, air mines, rear-mounted flamethrowers, and infrared-guided missiles. Also, it’s bright yellow.
Next in our list are some very special watches and jewlery, Bond knew it was important to always accessorize and “Q” was always ready with a clever gadget disguised as a watch or ring. This example is the Rolex, complete with spinning blade, from Live And Let Die (1973).
Another example of clever gadgets is this wrist dart gun from Moonraker (1979).
What good’s a watch unless it has a handy laser? From Golden Eye (1995).
As technology advanced in reality the movies managed to stay a step ahead. Here’s an Ericsson mobile phone from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). The phone could also pick locks, scan fingerprints, mess with electronic devices, and act as a stun gun.
Our next entry, as we near the end of our list, is another gadget that got some giggles when it premiered in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). The Lotus Submarine Esprit was an innovative departure in the franchise’s love affair with cars.
This next entry on our list needs no introduction. No doubt one of the most famous, iconic cars in the world, the Aston Martin DB5 with full option package of bulletproof windows and shield, a tracking beacon display on the dashboard, an oil spout in the rear along with the ability to create a smokescreen, Ben-Hur style slasher blades on the hubs, and machine guns up front. Not to mention the handy passenger side ejector seat for unwanted travel companions. First seen in Goldfinger (1964).
Of course, as the movies progress, the need for one-up-manship has been the time honored tradition. I was hoping Spectre would be more of a science fiction type story, like some of my franchise favorites, but that does not seem to be the case. Still, there is the potential for more clever gadgets making an appearance. Wonder what they have cooked up for Spectre?