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My Favorite Bond Gadgets

  • Aug 16, 2010
No matter how suave and debonair James Bond is he cannot single handedly save the free world from the scourge of Commies and criminals without some help from Q and his inventive hardware. After all we like these gadgets featured in Bond movies, and admit it, we all have at least one we wished we could get our hands on. I know I haven't listed them all, so if you don't see your favorite, let me know, I will add it. So let me know which one is your favorite.
Wallis WA-116 Series 1 Gyroplane (Little Nellie)
I am a retired Army helicopter pilot, now you know why Little Nellie is my top pick! Little Nellie, Bond tells Tiger Tanaka in You Only Live Twice, is "a wonderful girl, very small, quite fast, can do anything-just your type." Tiger is not impressed. After seeing it constructed, he asks, "a toy helicopter? This can only be used for children." But Q explains the features: two fixed machine guns, two rocket launchers, two heat-seeking missiles and, in the back, two flame guns and two smoke ejectors; also some mines that can be dropped from the air. I GOT TO GET ME ONE OF THESE !!!
See the full review, "Don't we all want one of these when sitting in a traffic jam!!!".
Car Magnet
I am a retired Army helicopter pilot and flew this one Ch-47. I lifted sea buoys, howitzers, other helicopters, trucks, even large pieces of a PRC Ilyushin bomber, but never a car with a magnet, would love to "punch off that load!!! Now you know why it is my #2 pick! You Only Live Twice features a number of over-the-top gadgets-trapdoors that lead to sliding chutes, exploding cufflinks, cigarette guns, bogus bridges that pass over a shark-infested tank-but the best gadget of the bunch would have to be the oversize, helicopter-carried car magnet. As Bond and Aki are being pursued in a car chase, Tiger Takana sends along his Ch-47 helicopter, which promptly lifts the bad guys´ car and drops it into a body of water.
See the full review, "I would love to punch off a car!!!".
This has been around so long, how come we all don't have one in our closets??? After an extended brawl with (and the subsequent murder of) Col. Duvall in the opening sequence of the 1965 Thunderball, Bond escapes Duvall´s henchmen on a balcony by taking off in a jetpack.
See the full review, "How come we don't have a jet pack in our closets?".
Lotus Esprit
In The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond faces off with Karl Stromberg, a self-described recluse who lives in an underwater lair. Naturally, this means Bond needs a submarine car-a vehicle so worthy of envy that we've deemed it our favorite Bond gadget of all time. The Lotus Esprit features wheels that turn inward to reveal four lateral fins and a periscope from the roof. After plunging off a dock, Bond-master of the instant mood switch-turns to sidekick-hottie Anya and says, as they gaze out onto a world of jellyfish and manta rays, "Alone at last."
See the full review, "Land or sea travel in style".
Aston Martin DB5
In Goldfinger, Q reveals the Aston Martin DB5, "with modifications." Its windows are bulletproof, and the number plates, as they're known in England, are revolving. Then there are the controls within the armrest that can produce a smokescreen and an oil slick and raise a bulletproof shield (over the already bulletproof window). There are also front-wing machine guns and a rotating flower of blades that extend from the hubcaps. Finally, the top of the gear shifter flips to reveal a button, which Q tells Bond never to press. If he does, the roof will open up and the passenger will be ejected. "You're joking," says Bond. "An ejector seat" "I never joke about my work," says Q. Naturally; Bond was never not going to press that button.
See the full review, "Never get stuck in traffic again!!!".
Full-Scale Remote-Control Car
Q shows up in Tomorrow Never Dies as a worker at a car-rental agency, ready to present Bond with his new and improved ride. It's a BMW 750iL with "the usual refinements" and one not-so-usual customization: Not only can it be turned on by a cell phone, it's controlled by a touch-sensor directional pad. Bond, it turns out, is an instant expert with the handling.
See the full review, "Look Ma, no hands!!!".
Laser Watch
Gee I wish Q would have used my Breitling Navitimer instead, I would have rated this gadget much higher!!! In Goldeneye, things don't look good for Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and Natalya Fyodorovna Simonova when they find themselves locked in a room on a train that's set to explode imminently, but fortunately Bond has on his Omega Seamaster Pro, customized with lasers that cut through metal and detonate bombs remotely. He cuts a hole in the floor, and the two climb out, run, and jump from the explosion, much to the chagrin of 006.
See the full review, "What kind of batteries does this thing take?".
Camera Gun
In a crucial scene in the 1989 License to Kill, Bond (played by Timothy Dalton) makes use of four of Q´s signature inventions in order to assassinate Sanchez, an infamous drug cartel. In order to break open the bulletproof window he plans to shoot through, Bond rappels down the side of a building using a rope concealed in his cummerbund, squeezes out a plastic explosive (disguised in a tube of Detonite Toothpaste) along the sill, and connects it to a detonator that looks like a pack of cigarettes. But the prize gadget is the gun that Bond uses from a roof across the street after the window is shattered. It looks like a camera but is converted into a long-range sniper rifle and is customized, through a sensor on the grip, to fire for only one person: James Bond. After all that, he actually misses, and he's captured in a net by a group of ninjas.
See the full review, ""Shoot", I can't find my lens cap!".
Venom Boot
I can't tell you how many times I thought this gadget would come in handy!!! A favored gadget in From Russia with Love is the shoe with a spontaneously revealed venom-injector jutting out from the toe. #1 orders #5 to die by the shoe, remarking only, "We'll have to invent a faster-working venom," and as the movie nears its end, #3 makes a desperate attempt to steal the Soviet Lektor decoding machine and use the shoe to kick Bond in the crotch. She fails on both fronts and is shot instead. Bond, being Bond, is unfazed. He sits back and says, "She's had her kicks."
See the full review, "Do those stilletos come in a 10 wide???".
Water Exhaust
Another gadget I have a great use for!!! To foil the bad guys in the beginning of Thunderball, Bond raises a bulletproof shield over his car's rear window and converts his two exhaust pipes into fire hoses. A huge blast of water knocks over Bond's pursuers, leaving them looking wet and silly.
See the full review, "Quit "tailgating" me".
Deadly Briefcase
In From Russia with Love, Bond is presented with "an ordinary black leather case," according to the Q branch equipment officer-except, of course, for the 40 rounds of ammunition stored in containers that pop out from the bottom, a throwing knife that projects from the side, 50 gold sovereigns hidden in the lining and a bottle of tear gas disguised as talcum powder, magnetized to cling to the exterior. It will also explode if not opened properly. "A smart-looking piece of luggage" remarks M.
See the full review, "Oh honey, just another boring day at the office!".
Alligator Conveyance
Not so much, kind of corny. Bond has the unenviable task of sneaking onto the secret all-female island run by a woman known only as Octopussy, in the eponymous film. His method of getting there, it turns out, is by hiding inside an underwater mechanical alligator, which is successful in getting him both there and back.
See the full review, "My, what big teeth you have".

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October 29, 2010
In my opinion, the greatest Bond gadget of all was the man that created them, the wonderful character of "Q"
October 30, 2010
Charles, thank you for the comment, I usually don't view people as gadgets, that being said, Q is a great Bond character.
August 16, 2010
Nice choices on the list. I know the founder here was going to add these soon, looks like he did. I'll have to make a list soon too!
August 16, 2010
Thanks, I enjoyed doing it, like a little trip going down memory lane. I flew CH-47's, but never had a car magnet, I would of had way too much fun with tht one!!!
August 16, 2010
I think we would all love a Chinook with a car magnet. I can never watch Apocalypse Now where they lift the boat out of the water and in the commentary FFC even mentions that it IS the wrong kind of helicopter.
August 16, 2010
Yeah, I flew "Hueys" In those high air density conditions you couldn't lift more than 1,000 lbs. I know that PBR weighed more than that!
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