Top Ten Bond Gadgets

Original Post: IGN Movies

10. Bond’s Rolex in Live and Let Die

As seen in Roger Moore’s big-screen Bond debut, this Rolex does more than merely tell time. It’s equipped with a high-powered electromagnet (good for deflecting bullets), which Bond uses not only to unzip ladies’ dresses but also to retrieve a compressed air gun in the nick of time. The Rolex is also outfitted with a miniature circular saw in the watch face, which 007 uses to cut through his binds and escape.

9. The Wrist-Mounted Dart Gun in Moonraker

Strapped to Bond’s wrist, this dart gun used pressurized gas to fire cyanide-laced darts at opponents such as Hugo Drax’s henchman, Chang. An armor-piercing dart made from depleted uranium saved Bond’s life when Chang tried to kill him, and 007 later shot Drax with a poison dart before the villain was sucked into outer space.

8. The Q-Boat in The World Is Not Enough

Featured in Pierce Brosnan’s third outing as Bond, 007 “borrows” this prototype hydroboat (fitted with a jet engine) from Q’s lab after an attack on MI6 headquarters. Bond pursues the sexy culprit, Cigar Girl (Maria Grazie Cucinotta), up London’s River Thames. At one point during the chase, 007 navigates the Q-Boat onto dry land before jumping ship near the Millennium Dome.

7. The Invisible Car in Die Another Day

Truly, when James Bond began racing around on a frozen lake in an Aston Martin Vanquish outfitted with a cloaking device, the 007 film series passed a new low (or high) in absurdity. Still, Bond’s invisible car came in handy when he needed the element of surprise against Gustav Graves’ henchmen.

6. Ericsson Cell Phone in Tomorrow Never Dies

Brosnan’s tenure as 007 was marked by shameless product placement, such as the repeated use of an Ericsson cell phone in his second Bond film. You think your cell phone can do more than just make calls? This Ericsson phone acts as a stun gun (taking out the assassin Dr. Kaufman), fingerprint reader, and there’s even a screwdriver hidden under the antenna. But its coolest feature is that it allows Bond to navigate his BMW through a parking garage action sequence while lying down safely in the backseat. Bond uses a far more stripped-down Sony Ericsson phone in Casino Royale.

5. Bond’s Omega Watch

This deluxe watch was worn by Pierce Brosnan in three films. InGoldenEye, Bond’s Omega Seamaster is equipped with a laserbeam cutter that helps him and Bond girl Natalya escape from the villainous 006’s ICBM train. Later, Bond’s watch allows him to arm and disarm magnetic mines in 006’s lair. In Tomorrow Never Dies, Bond’s new Omega watch was used as a remote detonator; in The World is Not Enough, Bond’s Omega watch (encased in titanium) is capable of illuminating Bond’s inflatable ski jacket (!) and is also equipped with a grappling hook and micro filament cable.

4. “Little Nellie” in You Only Live Twice

One of the silliest but most memorable vehicles seen in a Bond film, 007 (Sean Connery) flies this single-seat autogiro during a recon mission in Japan. The sequence turns into an action-packed aerial pursuit, where Little Nellie’s weapons — including machine guns, rocket launchers, flame throwers and smoke-screen — eliminate the pesky SPECTRE pilots hindering Bond’s mission.

3. Bell-Textron Jet Pack in Thunderball

Essentially two fuel tanks strapped to Bond’s back, this aerial vehicle helps 007 flee the scene after he kills a bad guy. The jet pack easily folds up to be stored in the trunk of Bond’s car. The jet pack also makes a cameo in Q’s lab during Die Another Day.

2. The Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me

Arguably the only car to ever challenge Aston Martin as 007’s signature vehicle, this super-cool ’70s vehicle not only transported James Bond by land but by sea as well. The Lotus Esprit could transform into a submarine, complete with sonar, retractable wheels/fins, periscope, surface-to-air missiles, harpoons and mines. The Lotus also had a self-destruct “anti-theft” function, as famously seen in For Your Eyes Only.

1. The Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger

This gadget-laden car remains the prototype for all Bond movie vehicles to come. Tricked out in Goldfinger with bulletproof glass, a bullet shield, revolving license plates, smoke-screen and oil slick generators, machine guns and tire shredders, this classic Aston Martin’s most memorable feature was arguably its ejector seats (a great way to dispatch an unwanted passenger). Refurbished models of the Aston Martin DB5 later appeared in Thunderballand GoldenEye.

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  1. This is an easy pick for me since I am a huge 007 fan going back to 1963’s Dr. No… I like all of them!! Now my personal pick is The Aston Martin Vanquish, an appropriate name for the Invisible car and a great looking car. Also, Pierce Brosnan is my favorite Bond….

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