James Bond has the Bond Girl, he has the car…now what? He needs a good gadget to get him out of trouble! Here’s our favourites…
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If you’re ever going to be a superspy, then you’re going to need some help along the way. Namely, some cool gadgets to assist you when things get a little rough.
While James Bond has always had a cool arsenal of weapons to chose from (like his gun of choice, the Walther PPK), his gadget guru Q often provided an assortment of other assistance in the form of unique, spy-ish stuff to aide Bond in his missions.
Here’s our pick of the ten best.
10. The grapple gun from GoldenEye
In what must now surely be standard issue for every SWAT, SEAL and Special Forces member, Bond’s grappling launcher from GoldenEye allowed him to scale new heights of cool (see what I did there?) – the thing also comes with a laser cutter. Because you always need a laser in everything. Even on sharks.
9. The Exploding Pen from GoldenEye
1 click to arm it, 2 clicks to disarm…. or something like that – whatever the case may be, the tense scene in GoldenEye in which the exploding pen makes its mark is certainly among the best of Brosnan’s Bond. Sold even better by Alan Cumming’s magnificent performance as the sweaty, arrogant computer genius holding the deadly device.
8. X-Ray Glasses from The World Is Not Enough
Finally, after years of waiting, the comic-book inspired x-ray glasses, which every male teen fantasised about (hell, I still do to this day!) were realised by Q Branch and given to Bond so he could spy on…. well, what exactly?
7. Explosive Dentonite Toothpaste – License To Kill
For causing cavities, not preventing them.
6. The Briefcase in From Russia With Love
A day at the office will never be the same again (nor will the commute to work, really) with this handsome, decidedly lethal briefcase. It contains a rifle, tear gas, knives and an infrared telescope. Imagine the going rate on Amazon for one of these…
5. The Ghetto Blaster – The Living Daylights
Oh Q, you really know how to put the irony into your gadgets. This specialised weapon from the Q-labs put the BOOM back into your room.
4. The TV Watch – Octopussy
Okay, so Bond made the humble wristwatch cool (before Knight Rider turned it into a psuedo Star Trek gadget) by having a television inside it. Sure, you could watch your enemies, you could use it to spy on dastardly doings by devious delinquents – but hell, if you had one today it would be used to watch porn.
3. The Car Phone – From Russia With Love
Well before mobile phone devices became the norm, or even digital technology for that matter, Bond was contactable anywhere on earth thanks to his trusty vehicluar mobile device. Although considering what Bond often spent time doing in his cars, it’s a good thing he didn’t “put you on speaker”…..
2. The Jet Pack – Thunderball
Seriously, who wouldn’t want one of these? Tapping into the concept that it’s possible for a man to fly, the jetpack represented (and in many ways still does) the potential for liberating oneself from the confines of gravity. Plus, it looks soooo cool.
1. The Rolex Laser Watch – Live and Let Die
When you absolutely have to be able to cut through anything with a humble watch, the Rolex worn by Bond in Live And Let Die is the one you need. You’d think Rolex would have figured out the marketing potential of a watch containing an electromagnet and some kind of saw, but alas, it was not to be. Any watch with a laser in it is still also pretty cool. Because when your life is in mortal danger, you need a Rolex. Writes itself, really.
Written and compiled by Rodney Twelftree
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