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Top 10 Bond Gadgets

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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-Grapple-Gun

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.

09-Exploding-Pen

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.

08-XRay-Glasses

Finally. Finally, after years of waiting, the comic-book inspired x-ray glasses, which every male teen fantasized about (hell, I still do to this day!) were finally realised by Q Branch and given to Bond so he could spy on…. well,  what exactly?

07-Exploding-Toothpaste

For causing cavities, not preventing them.

06-Deadly-Briefcase

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…

05-Ghetto-Blaster

Oh Q, you really know how to put the irony into your gadgets. This specialized weapon from the Q-labs but the BOOM back into your room.

04-TV-Watch

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.

03-Car-Phone

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”…..

02-jetpack

Seriously, who wouldn’t want one of these? Tapping ito 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.

01-Laser-Watch

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.

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Oh man!! Those Xray glasses have got to be FIRST, no? LOL!! I remember all those ads in Comic Books, and laughing at them but wishing they were real anyways! 😀

    The jetpack may actually be a good number one candidate, too. How cool would that thing be?

    Anyways, great list man, fun post! Gonna be chacking out some more of these now. 😀
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    • I remember those ads in the comics too!! They were hilarious – my favorites were the tiny living family of sea creatures you could buy and keep alive in their own tank. Of all the gadgets here, if I could only take 1 for real it would be the x-ray glasses. How much fun could you have at the mall, or at the beach, or at… hell, wherever you go!!!

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Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman. As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney's love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.

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