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Nine of the coolest James Bond gadgets

( 12 January 2021 )

Everyone loves James Bond and it’s not just the style, the sophistication, the lifestyle and the locations that we all covet, but the gadgets too...

A man holds a briefcase that probably isn't the one James Bond uses in From Russia With Love

1. Gadget: Jetpack; Movie: Thunderball

Imagine a world without traffic jams, commuter trains and busy bike lanes? Enter Bond’s revolutionary jet pack.

This rucksack sized launcher helped jettison Sean Connery to cult status. And now we all want one.

2. Gadget: The Lotus Esprit; Movie: The Spy Who Loved Me 

Roger Moore’s seventies-tastic  Lotus Esprit submarine was jaw-droppingly cool.

Fast both in and out of the water and equipped with deadly underwater missiles, it delivered a drive almost as smooth as Roger’s cheesy one-liners.

3. Gadget: Wrist dart gun; Movie: Moonraker 

Worn like any other wristwatch this unique and deadly timepiece could be activated by nerve impulses from Bond’s wrist to fire cyanide-coated darts.

It’s with this very watch that Bond managed to terminate space villain, Hugo Drax.

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4. Gadget: The Invisible Car; Movie: Die Another Day 

Still in the realm of the ultra-desirable Aston Martin, is the super cool invisible version that Pierce Brosnan drives in Die Another Day.

Q helpfully gave the car tiny little screens and cameras that make it seem invisible. Perfect for any kind of spying activity. 

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5. Gadget: Ericsson; Movie: Tomorrow Never Dies 

So your smart-phone can send Snapchats, tweet and check Facebook, but can it pick locks and act as a stun gun or a remote control for your luxury sedan?

Time to upgrade to Bond’s high tech Ericsson. 

6. Gadget: The Briefcase; Movie: From Russia with Love 

Now this gadget from the second Bond movie set the bar high.

What Q described as a ‘standard issue’ briefcase contained: 50 gold sovereigns, a throwing knife, a sniper rifle with infra-red sight and 20 rounds of ammunition.

And if opened incorrectly, the container filled with tear gas will explode. 

7. Gadget: Rolex Submariner; Movie: Live and Let Die 

Bond’s magnetic watch did SO much more than undo the zippers of beautiful women’s dresses.

Although that feature alone would have qualified it for our list.

It also doubles up as a portable saw (very handy) and was able to stop high velocity bullets rather efficiently too.

Apple has some catching up to do. 

8. Gadget: Ring Camera; Movie: A View to a Kill 

Snoop on your boss, ex or mother-in-law with a clever camera installed in your signet ring.

It’s the gadget Bond used to great effect when he want to visit evil enemy Max Zorin, played by the legend that is Christopher Walken. 

9. Gadget: Explosive Keychain; Movie: Casino Royale 

The newer Bond movies may not be as tech heavy compared to some of the previous ones, but there are still some pretty awesome gadgets.

We love the explosive keychain from Casino Royale. Attach it to a nasty henchman’s belt and it will explode rather nicely. 

Simple, yet effective. 

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