Top 14 James Bond Gadgets

This year marks the 50th anniversary of our favorite secret agent and his long-time partner in hardware Q. And with upcoming movie Skyfall, a cameo appearance at the 2012 London Olympic Games, and a 24-hour movie channel, 007 is still a hot commodity.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond, here are my top 14 picks for best-ever gadgets:

1. Aston Martin DB5 – Goldfinger. The clear winner for James Bond enthusiasts everywhere, and the prototype for all other 007 cars. The Aston Martin in Goldfinger was kitted out with bulletproof glass, oil slick generators, a smoke screen, revolving license plates, machine guns, tire shredders, and a nifty passenger ejection seat.

2. Bond’s Rolex – Live and Let Die. This watch was equipped with a tiny circular saw in the watch face which 007 used to get out of a bind (pun intended). It was also electromagnetic which made it great for retrieving out-of-reach metal objects and unzipping the dresses of female co-stars.

3. Scaramanga’s Golden Gun – The Man With The Golden Gun. This gun was assembled from a pen, a cigarette lighter and a cuff-link. Fantastic engineering with one drawback – it could only fire a single bullet.

4. Laser – The Man With The Golden Gun. After harnessing the energy of the sun, Scaramanga used the Solex Agitator to direct power into a laser, which he then used to destroy Bond’s plane.

5. Wrist-Mounted Dart Gun – Moonraker. This deadly dart gun was made from depleted uranium and utilized pressurized gas to fire cyanide darts at the bad guys.

6. Pocket-Sized Speed Boat – The World Is Not Enough. A prototype hydroboat good in water, good on land – as long as Pierce Brosnan is at the helm.

7. Bond’s Omega Watch – GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough. This Swiss Army Knife of watches appeared in several Bond movies and came equipped with a laser beam cutter, a remote detonator, a grappling hook, a micro filament cable and a mine disarmer.

8. Ericsson Cell Phone – Tomorrow Never Dies. A stun gun come fingerprint reader come household toolkit which also drove Bond’s BMW through a parking garage without inflicting a single scratch on the paint work.

9. Bell-Textron Jet Pack – Thunderball. Two foldable fuel tanks strapped to Bond’s back. Originally designed by Bell Aerosystems, the jetpack had a flying time of 20 seconds using hydrogen peroxide fuel. The jet pack scene in Thunderball was overdubbed with the sound of fire extinguishers for a more dramatic feel.

10. The Lotus Esprit – The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only. The Lotus Esprit could transform into a submarine, complete with sonar, retractable wheels/fins, periscope, surface-to-air missiles, harpoons and mines. The Lotus also had a self-destruct “anti-theft” function.

11. TV Wristwatch – Octopussy. The closest I’ve come to this Seiko wristwatch with a video display is the tiny iPod I strap around my wrist when I go running. It’s surprising this bit of Bond tech never really caught on.

12. Assassin’s Briefcase – From Russia with Love. Complete with pop-out knives, tear gas disguised as baby powder (because whipping out a bottle of baby powder in a crisis is not suspicious at all), a rifle plus ammo, and 50 gold sovereigns.

13. Oddjob’s Hat – Goldfinger. Sold for $120,000 at Christie’s back in 1998. Useful for decapitating the odd statue after a frustrating round of golf and great for terminating beautiful women as well. Not so good around live power cables however.

14. Jaws’ Teeth – The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. OK, so these choppers are not really a gadget per say – but they can sure make a cable car ride exciting, as well as coming in super-handy for opening champagne bottles with your girlfriend.

What are your favorite James Bond gadgets?

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3 thoughts on “Top 14 James Bond Gadgets”

  1. My vote goes to the autogyro Bond flies over Japanese volcanoes in “You Only Live Twice”. Complete with machine guns, rocket launchers and smoke, the real machine was created by Wing Commander Ken Wallis (Retired), a world expert on small autogyros. He also did all the flying sequences in the film. The screen play for this film was written by Roald Dahl.

    1. Nancy Pardo says:

      Little Nellie was pretty neat. Originally I intended to write a list of top 10, but it was harder than anticipated. I put together a “short” list of 28 and dwindled it down to 14. Little Nellie was a close runner-up.

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