Our favorite James Bond gadgets: Exploding pens, dagger shoes and car submarines

Although Q was irritated at how cavalierly James Bond handled the tech from MI6’s labs, these devices saved 007’s life many occasions.

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James Bond followers ready for the discharge of the franchise’s subsequent installment, No Time to Die, have been disillusioned once more final month when the movie was delayed till Oct. 8 as a result of coronavirus pandemic. Directed by Cary Joji Fukinaga, and promising to globe trot from Italy to Jamaica and to Norway and Scotland, No Time to Die will probably be Daniel Craig’s fifth (and probably last) flip as 007.

Hopefully, the brand new launch date will stick. However whereas we wait, we are able to memory. Listed here are our favourite devices and expertise from the James Bond films, used both by Bond or by his enemies, as chosen by CNET writers, editors and producers.

What are your favorites? Tell us within the feedback.

From Russia With Love (1963): Rosa Klebb’s dagger shoe

It is an oldie however a goodie: It is a easy blade within the shoe. However the first time I noticed it once I was a child, I believed, “Wow, that is loopy!” And naturally, the blade has to have a poisoned tip.

— Connie Guglielmo, editor in chief

James Bond Aston Martin tire shredder

You would not wish to be driving subsequent to this.

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Goldfinger (1964): Wheel hub tire slasher

Bond’s automobiles at all times got here with a gallery of weapons to destroy henchman-driven automobiles. My favourite have been the tire-slashing spikes that may spin out of the wheel hubs on the Aston Martin DB5 Bond drove in Goldfinger. Twenty-three years later in The Residing Daylights, a laser within the wheel hub of Bond’s Aston Martin V8 would exchange the spikes.

— Stephen Beacham, video podcast producer

Thunderball (1965): Rebreather

This factor is senseless, BUT Bond was ready to make use of it in lieu of utilizing an oxygen tank. It additionally resurfaced in Die One other Day, and inexplicably once more in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

— Mitchell Chang, senior video producer

Scuba gear

The jetpack will get all the eye, however what actually wowed me watching Thunderball as a child was all of the underwater scenes. Complete otherworldly journey stuff. Apart from the essential scuba gear, which was cool sufficient, there have been the motorized sleds (some to experience behind, some to experience in) and the compressed-gas propellant on Bond’s tanks that zoomed him via the water like, nicely, a jetpack.

The unhealthy guys even landed an Avro Vulcan plane on the water and settled it on the ocean flooring. Oh, and the lure door within the hull of Largo’s Disco Volante yacht allowed divers to get out and in of the boat. Bond additionally had that pocket-sized mini rebreather with 4 minutes of air for emergencies, like escaping from the sharks in Largo’s pool. It was all such great things, we noticed it once more 20 years later within the remake, By no means Say By no means Once more.

— Jon Skillings, managing editor

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969): Safecracker

Bond makes use of this to open the protected of Gebrüder Gumbold, the solicitor for Spectre head and archvillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld. No, this is not a gadget you may simply carry with you — it is so huge that it must be hoisted as much as Gumbold’s workplace with a development crane — and it really works a lot slower than the safecracker Bond utilized in You Solely Stay Twice solely two years earlier. However, hey, it additionally has a handy photocopier perform for capturing essential villain paperwork! And when seen on display 50 years after the movie’s launch, the big-buttoned design is charmingly Area Age retro.

— Kent German, options editor

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Stay and Let Die (1973): ‘A real Felix lighter’

This in-car communication system disguised as a cigarette lighter foreshadowed all the period of wi-fi private communications by a few many years, whereas presciently putting such expertise within the dashboard of a automotive.

— Brian Cooley, editor at giant

The Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me

Presumably Bond’s coolest gadget: the Lotus Esprit that takes to the water in The Spy Who Cherished Me.

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The Spy Who Cherished Me (1977): The automotive that turns into a submarine

As a child rising up within the UK, I used to be bombarded with Bond reruns on TV — primarily ones from the Roger Moore period. This meant, as a teen, I liked the worst of Bond. To today Moonraker continues to be my favourite for awful nostalgia causes.

However nothing impressed my infantile creativeness just like the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Cherished Me. Primarily a automotive that doubles as — get this — a submarine, the Lotus Esprit had every little thing: retractable wheels, fins and rudders for underwater steering. It even had radar and nautical steerage gear.

However above and past being a automotive that transforms right into a submarine, the Esprit was the last word in deus ex machina. It had a litany of chaos weapons at its disposal. Floor-to-air missiles, underwater mines, a periscope (naturally) and — that is my favourite — CONCRETE SPRAYERS. I don’t know why anybody thought this was a good suggestion, however the automotive had a tool that allow Bond spray literal concrete at his enemies as he drove. You giggle, nevertheless it was this very weapon that took out the automotive that Bond’s mortal enemy Jaws was pursuing him in. Magnificent.

— Mark Serrels, editorial director

For Your Eyes Solely (1981): Identigraph

Earlier than you could possibly Google somebody or verify for a Fb account, Q’s identigraph may enable you to observe down the creepy dude who paid the hitman you have been purported to interrogate. By placing in traits like his eye colour, hair fashion, nostril dimension and the form of his eyeglasses (octagonal, if these actually exist), you could possibly uncover that he is a reasonably nasty enforcer within the Belgian underworld. And, no, I do not imply a man who runs a waffle truck racket.

— Kent German


It is fairly the snappy submarine. 

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Octopussy (1983): Crocodile submarine

Bond used this unhealthy boy to sneak into Octopussy’s floating palace in India. Whereas Bond in a private submarine disguised as a crocodile is a house run by itself, it is the clear little water defend that steals the present for me. When Bond must take a peak at his environment, the croc’s mouth opens good and large and we get a really clear and apparent view of Bond’s head. Is it impractical? Sure. Is it dangerous? After all! However the visible gag would not be the identical with out it.

— Jesse Orrall, video producer

The Residing Daylights (1987): Keyring finder

Keyring finders have been a trendy accent for late-Nineteen Eighties Sharper Picture-shopping yuppies. Bond’s model would enable you to discover your keys by responding to an ordinary whistle, nevertheless it hardly stopped there. Must emit a stun fuel that may take out a maniacal Soviet jail guard? Then use a wolf’s whistle. Want it to blow up and kill a creepy narcissistic arms seller? Then attempt the primary bars of Rule Britannia. And the keys on the ring would open 90% of the world’s locks. The one factor it could possibly’t discover is a plot for The Residing Daylights that is simple to comply with.

— Kent German

Licence to Kill (1989): Digital camera gun

Q reveals up within the fictional Isthmus Metropolis in South America with a suitcase stuffed with cool tech to assist homicide a drug seller. Bond climbs as much as the man’s bulletproof window, squeezes plastic explosive out of a toothpaste tube, sticks a cigarette case in it because the detonator, then will get arrange with the piece de resistance, a sniper rifle disguised as a digicam. Bonus! The gun solely works for Bond, due to a fingerprint scanner.

— Nick Disguise, world copy chief

Broom radio

This is not one of many coolest devices to come back out of Q department, however the motive the broom radio (or broom walkie-talkie) from Licence to Kill deserves a point out is that we see Q use it within the area. Disguised as a garbageman full with a faux mustache, Q makes use of the broom to replace Pam Bouvier on Bond’s standing. Watching Desmond Llewelyn as Q incognito use a brush as a radio, full with a telescoping antenna within the broom’s brush, is an absolute delight. And regardless that he scolded Bond numerous occasions about caring for devices higher, what does our quartermaster do with the broom radio when he is finished? He throws it apart.

— Patrick Holland, senior affiliate editor

GoldenEye (1995): Explosive pen

Click on this Parker Jotter pen grenade 3 times to arm the four-second fuse, click on three extra occasions to disarm. That is used to create some main stress later — unknowing programmer Boris Grishenko nervously twirls and clicks it whereas a captive Bond tries to depend. The superspy finally sees his alternative, knocking the pen out of Boris’ hand and creating an explosive distraction. I additionally vaguely recall doing a complete lot of obnoxious pen-twirling and clicking in class after watching this film.

— Sean Keane, employees reporter

The BMW 750i featured in Tomorrow Never Dies

The BMW 750iL featured in Tomorrow By no means Dies, which Bond controls together with his Ericsson JB988 telephone. 

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Tomorrow By no means Dies (1997): Ericsson JB988 telephone

With a fingerprint reader, fingerprint copier, stun gun characteristic and a lock choose, this Ericsson JB988 showcased what a telephone may do earlier than the appearance of telephones doing completely every little thing. It may even drive his center administration BMW 750iL, which kinda foreshadowed utilizing telephones to fly drones.

— Mitchell Chang

Die One other Day (2002): Surfboard with gear compartment

Browsing a board with a compartment stuffed with stuff would not work, however kudos to the filmmakers for sneaking that in with out anybody actually batting a watch. I might like to have a light-weight surfboard that additionally comes with a compartment the place I can put my keys, pockets, telephone, knife that additionally turns right into a radar jammer, and who is aware of what else.

— Mitchell Chang

Defibrillator within the automotive: On line casino Royale (2006)

Gear from Q department usually saved Bond’s life, however most likely by no means extra straight than in On line casino Royale when Bond’s been poisoned by Le Chiffre’s crew. How lucky that he had a conveyable defibrillator within the glove field of his automotive!

— Jon Skillings