Top 10 James Bond Gadgets

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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    Seangstm Reply

    Since mention was made of the long-awaited x-ray specs, it should be noted that x-ray specs were first introduced (with much less fanfare, and less corny sight gags – surprisingly) in 1985’s A View To A Kill. Admittedly, Moore-Bond’s weren’t nearly as fashionable as Brosnan-Bond’s.

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    mark Reply

    ” … see what I did there?” – have you been watching too much Ferguson and his gadget sidekick?

    I only mention it as I think he’d make a pretty cool Bond in a comic-alternate universe-Casino Royale-kind-of-way.

    Must admit I’ve put my funeral money aside in the hope that someone invents X-ray glasses … they’ll be bigger than the internet and video combined.

    Another funny list ….

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    Steven Flores Reply

    And may I add as the worst Bond gadget is the Invisible Car from Die Another Day.

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    Rodney Reply

    @ Seangstm – I nearly put the Moore Bond x-ray specs in, but opted for Brosnan’s because – as you mentioned – they looked cooler.

    @ mark – Love me some Craigy Ferg. If they cast Ferguson as Bond and Geoff as his “Bond Girl” that would be a movie I’d pay to see. And I would become a mallrat should I ever snag a pair of x-ray specs.

    @ Steven – Agreed.

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    Pete Reply

    Good call, I always loved that watch! That grapple gun is awesome too. Certainly gave us one of the most spectacular stunts in the whole series!

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    ruth Reply

    Awesome list Rodney! The gadgets are one of the best parts about Bond flicks! That Ghetto Blaster is too funny, I mean I can’t imagine a 00 agent carrying one of those, ahah. I second Steven about the invisible car as the WORST gadget ever in a terrible movie.

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    Scott Lawlor Reply

    Such a lot of silly gadgets!!! I love them

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    Alex Withrow Reply

    I really like how you included a fresh mix of silly, creative gadgets, and practical ones of the time. The car phone, for instance, would’ve been so epic for that time period.

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    Rodney Reply

    @ Pete – you won’t find me grappling my way down a dam wall! Thanks for popping in!

    @ Ruth – what, you mean Daniel Craig isn’t going to have a ghetto blaster in Skyfall? I’m not watching it then… 😉

    @ Scott – And some good ones too…..

    @ Alex – Thanks matae, glad you like our list! No doubt somebody saw that car phone idea and figured it would have a pretty good practical application in the real world…. several decades later!! Talk about foresight!!

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    Jack Deth Reply

    Hi, Rodney and company:

    Outstanding list of gadgets and gizmos!

    I have to stick the the great grand daddy of ‘Bond Foolery’. The briefcase used in ‘From Russia with Love’!

    I had one as a kid. Though it was not as cool as ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E. offering that same Christmas.

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    Colin Biggs Reply

    The briefcase from “Russia” never really gets its due. Nice mention, Rodney.

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