James Bond: His Gadgets And The Secret To Survival

007, a title everyone wants to carry. And it’s not just that but his gadgets are pretty cool too. Not even Inspector Gadget (the guy who’s body is made of gadgets) comes close, because the gadgets just cannot be fathomed sometimes, literally. Some of them could save you, and some could kill you. So which ones made our list? Check ’em out:

7. Exploding Pen

Kind of like Batman’s smoke bombs, the exploding Parker Pen is a signature James Bond Gadget. Well, mostly it’s just anything that explodes but you get my point. Featured for the first time in GoldenEye (1995), it takes three clicks at the top of the pen to activate, after which a 4 second fuse will light and the Parker pen explodes. In GoldenEye, he manages to throw the pen into a flammable liquid just in time, causing a distraction which allows him to escape. Pretty convenient, although if he just pressed it and threw it at the villain at the beginning of the movie, we’d all be saved a lot of time.

Exploding Pen

6. Sony Ericsson K800

I think Samsung took a leaf out of 007. In Casino Royale (2006), Daniel Craig is seen flaunting a Sony Ericsson K800 which apparently had a sensor distinctly made to track Bond’s vital signs and send them back to headquarters in case his blood was poisoned. That didn’t happen, but he got tied up and beaten the hell out of anyway, which proves beyond reasonable doubt that this device was practically useless (except for the superb publicity the phone received).

Sony Ericsson K800

5. Death by Delivery

The Deadly Briefcase was the first of many lethal weapons ever showcased on screen. From Russia with Love shows the Briefcase for the first time, power packed and deadly enough to take out an army of more than 20 enemies. Hidden within the confines of this industrious suitcase is an AR-7 sniper rifle, 40-50 rounds of ammunition, a bottle of tear gas (disguised as talcum powder), 50 sovereigns of gold and in-case the bullets aren’t enough, a throwing knife. Ever since this gadget was displayed, several script writers have tried to incorporate it including some of the old batman and superman movies.

Death by Delivery

4. Lotus Espirit

Who wouldn’t love a car cum submarine convertible. But before we could even conceptualize such a disastrous contraption, Bond beat us to it. In The Spy Who Loved Me, James has to track down Karl Stormberg (who spent all his time creating a lair underwater just so Bond couldn’t reach him). But what does he know, he’s just the villain. Bond received a car which could transform into a submarine. On entering a water body, the wheels turn inwards and four fins pop out. It even has a periscope and automatic missile detection system. Thank god it hasn’t seen the light of day in Mumbai, during the Rainy season, where the pot holes run deep.

Lotus Espirit

3. The Sound of Melting

Of all the freaky contraptions to ever see the light of day is the Bagpipe cum machine gun cum flamethrower! I’m just as stunned as you are. Beware the Scottish instruments of death. A bagpipe found in a laboratory deep beneath the surface (The World is Not Enough, 1999), Bond used it in his time of need….or not. Who really knows. Maybe Bond is just a little boy on the inside who likes to play with toys. But whatever it is, Bond can pull it off in style.

The Sound of Melting

2. Roll Back the Time

I actually have to hand it to Bond. Watches are a brilliant idea to experiment on. It’s so mundane yet essential. I mean what are the chances that the extremely clever bodyguards would ever suspect that a watch could also double up as one of several other working instruments? Like a plug in laser (Live and Let Die 1973), a communication interface (Die Another Day, 2000) and even a knock-out gas substitute which amazingly James Bond is never affected by (James Bond parody, YouTube). But jokes aside, this concept has been reinvented for decades and is till date the most popular gadget in any spy series made.

Roll Back the Time

1. Aston Martin

I probably shouldn’t rename this title, because just the name is so cool! The Aston Martin was largely popularized by all our favorite bonds (Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan) and Daniel Craig. The Aston Martin surfaced in Goldfinger and has since been rewritten into numerous scripts (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Living Daylights, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall). It can run effortlessly on ice, shoot missiles from everywhere and can even disappear if it needs to! Over 20 vehicles have been created just for the Bond movies but none can compare to the awesomeness that is The Aston Martin.

Aston Martin

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