From 007’s jetpack in Thunderball
to his iconic laser-equipped Omega watch, the James Bond movie
franchise has always had its finger on the pulse of its audience’s
gadget lust. We at PopSci were a bit disappointed at the dearth of gizmos in this year’s Casino Royale (which for some reason—cha-ching—were
mostly made by Sony), but our discussion about the current film sparked
a debate in the office about spy gear from Bond films past. Which was
the sexiest weapon? (The venom boots in From Russia With Love.)
The best vehicle? (Depends whether you want your car to swim or fly.)
The deadliest accessory? (Gotta be that briefcase.) In the end, we
compiled a list of our 15 favorite Bond gadgets of all time. Peruse
them in the photo gallery, here. —Fred Koschmann
Share your own favorites with us in the comments section below.
This is a great list, with one minor correction, the Aston Martin is the DB5, not a DBS.
Oh yeah, I don't really think the Walther PPK is a"gadget".
Posted by: Erik | December 08, 2006 at 11:06 PM
The jetpack in Thunderball was very cool indeed but...
Although Sean C. starred in it and was called James Bond, technically, it is not part of the Bond franchise :(
Posted by: Terence Pua | December 09, 2006 at 02:02 PM
THUNDERBALL was most definitely part of the official, Cubby Broccoli Bond franchise. You're probably thinking of NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN, the weird one-off non-Broccoli Bond movie starring Connery and based on the THUNDERBALL story.
Posted by: Matt | December 09, 2006 at 04:12 PM
my favorite will always be the car ...
its loaded and kewl ...
rather well stocked ... hehe ...
Posted by: subcorpus | December 09, 2006 at 04:58 PM
wow there are deff. better gadgets than that thats one of the worst top what evers i have ever sceen
Posted by: t money | December 10, 2006 at 10:49 AM
[...]The 15 Best Bond Gadgets of All Time[...]
Posted by: Top Ten Lists | December 10, 2006 at 11:27 AM
You TOTALLY forgot the jetski from Spy Who Loved Me! Maybe I'm too old, but most of America had never seen one of these contraptions in 1977.
While everything else in the movie was fluff and fiction. But when people learned that the jet-ski was an ACTUAL WORKING PRODUCT, sales of the item boomed. Kawasaki had only JUST started mass producing the jet-ski in 1976. The movie almost single handedly launched the entire personal water craft industry!
Posted by: michael gray | December 10, 2006 at 05:51 PM
Erik, You have to research your comments. Its a DBS not a DB5 http://www.astonmartin.com/ENG/thecompany/news?a=93e7cb17-0939-4ca9-a004-aa169fa13f4f
Posted by: gw | December 11, 2006 at 11:31 AM
Although "Little Nellie" will always be high on my list, it's the little gadgets I enjoyed the most, from the micro-breathing apparatus in Thunderball to the pen bomb in Goldeneye; talk about hard to keep track of whether the thing was armed or not with Boris clicking away compulsively!
Posted by: J-Box | December 11, 2006 at 11:37 AM
Ahem, I mean DB5 not DBS. Where is the delete button on this thing.
Posted by: gw | December 11, 2006 at 11:37 AM
Your picture of a PPK is NOT a PPK. It is a Beretta. The PPK is a much nicer weapon.
Posted by: Raymo | December 11, 2006 at 12:42 PM
Yes, that is a PPK in the picture, just with a silencer. The PPK is a small, stubby ugly little gun, where as the Baretta you mention is closer in form to the Colt 1911 .45.
Posted by: Dubya | December 11, 2006 at 01:15 PM
Ya Eh !!! It is a DB5 Aston Martin.
Unfortunatly the real car was stolen from its owner in Boca Raton, FL.. Unknown if it was ever recovered. But we have never seen Mr. Bonds personal gadget ?
Posted by: J Pike | December 11, 2006 at 01:53 PM
That is not a PPK, It is a FN 32. And the beretta that was talked about in the books was a very small 25 acp jetfire, not one the size of a 1911
Posted by: SWTIM255 | December 11, 2006 at 02:44 PM
dude bond iz kewl
Posted by: dudeness | December 11, 2006 at 02:45 PM
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Posted by: shweet | December 11, 2006 at 02:48 PM
iz a glock you weetawds
Posted by: shweet | December 11, 2006 at 02:53 PM
What, no 'Golden Gun'?
Posted by: sk | December 11, 2006 at 03:28 PM
The magnetic wristwatch in Live and Let Die deflects a bullet… at long range and also unzips Italian operative’s dresses and one of only 3 movies that Q is not in, the others are Dr. No and Casino Royal.
Posted by: Herminator | December 11, 2006 at 04:09 PM
Those are so cool...too bad all unaffordable(except for the Sony Ericsson)..but still very cool...and yeah, wheres the golden gun? Thats a classic
Posted by: CCOBI | December 11, 2006 at 06:47 PM
I am surprised it was not mentioned that "Little Nellie" made the front page of Popular Science as a very cool gadget back in it's day. There was an interview with the designer, more photos, and also an admission that the "quick assembly" sequence seen in the film was not characteristic of the real flying machine.
Posted by: Vince | December 11, 2006 at 07:16 PM
It is not a Glock you mental reject, and its not a PPK, look up a pic on the web and you will find that the PPK grips are flat at the top, not rounded like this FN, ( or Spanish copy). I also liked the " Golden Gun" very cool
Posted by: swtim255 | December 11, 2006 at 07:25 PM
Really, not the invisible car in Die Another Day w/ spike that come out of the wheels for traction? Come on! That is even more realistic than the sub/car. I would also like to point out the Golden gun. What kind of genius thinks to create a gun out of a pen, cigarette case, and a single bullet. A Christopher Lee character, that's who! Imagine if that technology got in the hands of the terrorists...
Posted by: Daniel Gradisar | December 11, 2006 at 08:37 PM
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