The 007 series has set a fashion standard for classy men’s apparel, from the physique, manners, swift moves to suits and, of course, toys. Here is a list
of the most memorable James Bond gadgets:
001 – The Aston Martin DB5 – Goldfinger (1964)
Simply put – the Bond car. A true classic for the classic gentleman that Sean Connery portrayed. The Aston is equipped with bullet proof glass, machine guns which are hidden behind the sidelights on the front of the car and below them is the hydraulic bumper that could be used for a battering ram. The back of the car contained an oil set and smokescreen emitter. The tires hold two different gadgets that slash through the pursuers’ car tires, all of which could be accessed from the central console of the car. However, the thing that everyone remembers is the ejection seat! The top of the gear shift opened up to reveal the little red button – one push launched the passenger out of the car.
002 – The Jetpack – Thunderball (1965)
Connery, again, was the Bond that used this genious invention to airlift himself back to his Aston Martin after killing Colonel Jacques Bouvar in Thunderball. Bell Aerosystems developed the jet as the Bell Rocket Belt which could fly for 20 seconds using hydrogen peroxide fuel. The flight scenes were shot using two stuntmen and the abrasive sound of the jets was overdubbed with the more gentle sound of a fire extinguisher.
003 – Glasses – The World is Not Enough (1999)
Pierce Brosnan wore these almost ridiculous blue-tinted X-ray glasses which enabled him to scan through clothing and get the upper hand on who was packing heat. A very joyful side effect was that he could also observe women’s underwear. One can never be too careful.
004 – Trick Briefcase – From Russia with Love (1981)
Forget about womens’ purses being practical and holding everything you need – Q outdone himself with this piece of handbag in From Russia With Love. The special briefcase contains the following: hidden straps on the inside with 50 Gold Sovereigns, a concealed throwing knife inside the latch release, an AR-7 sniper rifle with infrared sight and 20 rounds of ammunition hidden in the bottom of the case. A bonus: if opened incorrectly, the briefcase would explode.
005 – The Watches – in almost every movie
Serving not only as a very fashionable Bond statement, the Bond watches carried
more than an expensive brand name on the spy’s wrist. The tricks differ from movie to movie: in Thunderball the watch worked as a Geiger counter; in Never Say Never and Golden Eye the addition was a laser cutting tool; in Live and Let Die Bond escaped using his magnetic watch which had a rotating saw that cut though his constraints; while in Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day the watches were equipped with detachable explosives with a remote detonator on the watch’s dial.
006 – The martini – in several movies
‘Shaken, not stirred’ – the most famous quote from the series was even awarded in 2005 by the American Film Institute ranking it at number 90 on a list of best movie quotes in the past 100 years of film. The beverage was first mentioned in the first novel Casino Royale(1953) when Bond orders: ‘Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?’
The popular catchphrase was first introduced in the movie Dr No (1962).
007 – Car Invisibility Cloak – Die Another Day (2002)
Although the Aston Martin became the signature Bond car, the model that tops all of Bon’s ride park so far is surely The Invisible Car that Pierce Brosnan drove in Die Another Day. The car was covered with tiny cameras and screens which projected the images caught on those cameras so it would appear you are looking straight through the vehicle. Until a very handsome gentleman stepped out of nowhere.
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