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.
1965 'Thunderball” “Geiger Counter” Breitling 'Top Time' Diver Chronograph (No crown, no chronograph pushers)
In the book, the watch itself is really just the display for the actual Geiger counter which is a Roliflex camera. The watch is connected to the camera via wires up the sleeve and out through holes in a jacket pocket to the camera while slung over the shoulder. A waterproof version is later used by Bond while looking over the hull of the “Disco Volante.” The watch then takes the radioactivity count via the sweep hand. A very cumbersome affair; therefore, It’s no mystery why the movie producers chose to make these two separate and autonomous Geiger counters, a Calypso/Nikonos camera that Bond ultimately gives to Domino and the Breitling Top-Time that Bond uses.
I first watched this movie when I was young and was with a group of boys my age. We LOVED the opening scence where the naked women were swimming underwater with their breasts moving. However, that was quickly forgotten when the action began. The personal rocket pack remains the all-time coolest Bond gadget and the action was intense. Watching the movie again I was struck by the quality of the dialog, at times Bond seems to be parodying himself. It is as if he doesn't take himself seriously, … more
Following the mega success of Goldfinger in 64 had the world in Bond and Spy mania in 65. How big was Thunderball? Adjusted for inflation, Thunderball made anywhere between $515 to $800 million back in 65 in 21st century dollars. Is the movie as good? Eh. It's not as good as Goldfinger but it's certainly not awful. Bond is getting himself into shape at a health clinic while the evil S.P.E.T.R.E. organization's number 1 agent Emilio … more
Recently graduated with a Masters in Humanities degree from Old Dominion University reading in philosophy and history. I graduated from the Univ. of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science; specializing … more
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