Ever since I was a young boy I have always been enamored by fine watches. So, ever since I was a kid, one of the alluring elements of Bond movies for me was to observe which types of watches were being used, especially by Bond. As I matured I found that I share many of Bond’s predilections for enjoying the “finest” things life has to offer. I think a fine watch is part of the character makeup for depicting Bond as a suave and “smooth operator.” Admittedly, I am not quite as good looking as some of the Bond actors; however, I am as well travelled and I have had my share of exciting “missions” as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot. As an adult, I came to appreciate fine watches more as I started earning some real money. Now I will tell you that because I am a pilot I have a natural affinity for Breitling chronograph watches. Unfortunately, Bond was only issued one Breitling by Q in the movie “Thunderball.” However, I thought it would be fun to write about Bond watches, I hope you enjoy, tell me what you think and if you enjoy Bond watches as well.
Piano Wire Watch
1963's “From Russia With Love” is the first 007 movie to introduce a multi-function watch; however, it's worn by the villain, Red Grant. Fitted with a retractable piano-wire for strangulation.
Grant attempted to strangle Bond with the wire aboard the Orient Express during a ferocious battle. However when Bond was being choked, he grabbed for his throwing knife and stabbed Grant in the leg, snatching the wire and strangling him with it instead.
An ordinary looking wrist watch; however, on the side of it was a small tab, when pulled, a long steel wire would retract like a tape measure.
To the Bond purist the only movies that have any merit are the first three and sometimes Thunderball is thrown into that mix as well. They are taken the most seriously and follow the original source material closest and have everyones favorite Bond in Sean Connery. The first and third movie are flashier and more fun but From Russia With Love takes everything seriously and if it wasn't for Connery as Bond, you could almost mistake it for being a real spy movie. … more
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From Russia with Love (1963) is the second spy film in the James Bond series, and the second to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, and directed by Terence Young. It is based on the 1957 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. In the film, James Bond is sent to assist in the defection of Corporal Tatiana Romanova in Turkey, where SPECTRE plans to avenge the killing of Dr. No.
In addition to filming in location in Turkey, the action scenes were shot both in Scotland and Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire. From Russia with Love was a critical and commercial success, outgrossing its predecessor Dr. No with over $78 million in worldwide box office. It is considered one of the best films in the James Bond series.