Being the Bond fan that I am it was only a matter of time until I returned to make another Bond themed top ten list, and this time I figured that his gadgets would be quite a fun one to write. For this particular list I have chosen to only include gadgets that actually belong to Bond, so for example you won’t see Rosa Klebb’s flick-knife shoes appearing on this list.
OK, let’s get to it! :
Here’s a gadget that deserves to be remembered by more viewers than it is. It makes perfect sense to equip Connery’s Bond with a cigarette that doubles as a weapon. It looks stylish, it’s easy to disguise, and is a pretty believable gadget that sounds like it would genuinely useful for Bond – I somewhat wish that this had made a return in a later film.
It may not be a great film, but Licence to Kill does include this pretty cool gadget; a gun disguised as camera, and one which only Bond can fire due to the optical palm reader on the handle. This technology in fact makes a return in Skyfall.
I would argue that this is the best of Bond’s various watches across the years; they have had detonating pins in them, lasers installed, a video feed… but this Rolex comes equipped with an intensified magnetic field that is supposedly ‘powerful enough to even deflect the path of a bullet at long range’, although Bond uses it to unzip a woman’s dress instead. On top of that though, it comes fitted with a small buzz-saw which really makes it stand above the numerous other watches that have come and gone during this series.
This small device simply allows its user to breathe underwater. It’s not the most over the top of Bond gadgets but scores points for its simplicity, and for fooling the Royal Corps of Engineers into thinking it was a real device! It’s also one of those rare gadgets that feature in more than one film as it reappears briefly in Die Another Day.
This device saves Bond in several different ways; it has a skeleton key which is useful, but it really comes into its own when Bond can make it emit a cloud of stun gas by whistling Rule Britannia and explode by wolf whistling.
This neat little explosive is fun in the laboratory when Q gives it to Bond, and then becomes part of a great tense scene towards the films climax when it falls into the hands of an unknowing enemy. Even now I sometimes find myself twirling a pen between my fingers and wondering just how many times I’ve clicked it…
A quintessential Bond gadget that just had to make this list. It made an impression for one obvious reason, it’s a jet-pack and there are few cooler gadgets out there. It’s strange really that it features so briefly in Bond history, but maybe that is the very reason it is remembered so strongly.
Phones have come a long way since this film was released, and yet they still can’t electrocute your enemies, scan fingerprints, or drive cars. The car chase in which Bond drives his BMW via his phone is one of the most inventive chases in the series, and a highlight of the film.
One of the most loveable (if such a word can be used here) gadgets in Bond history, Little Nellie is viewed fondly by most fans, and was a firm favourite of mine when I was a kid and first discovered James Bond. This gyrocopter is hidden away in four suitcases and boasts an impressive array of weaponry; unleashing Machine Guns, Flamethrowers, Rockets, Aerial Mines, and Heat Seeking Missiles against its foes!
In first place comes what may be a controversial pick, Bond’s Attache Case from From Russia With Love. This is in many ways the first true Bond gadget, it contains hidden ammunition, gold sovereigns and a throwing knife, it holds a folding sniper rifle, and if you don’t open it the secret way a tear gas cartridge will explode in your face. It looks smart, is cleverly disguised, and is very believable!
Thanks for reading! Agree with me? Or do you think I got it all wrong? Let me know in the comments below!