The name's Bond - James Bond
The internet has finally been gifted with its first full-length trailer of the latest James Bond instalment, Spectre. If this is the first you’re hearing of the glorious news, check it out.
In the midst of all the excitement, however, we couldn’t help but think about how realistic James Bond’s gadgets really are. They’re all meant to be a little tongue-in-cheek – we get that - but are Q toys from years gone by all that farfetched? Here’s a couple of our favourites that have actually come to light.
Ring camera – A View To Kill, 1985
Q has ingeniously concealed an unimaginably small camera within Roger Moore’s signet ring, in hope of capturing some covert photography at Zorin’s party.
Nowadays, miniature camera lenses are pretty much commonplace - where would we be without them? Could we live in a world devoid of seflies? No way, man.
Bell-Trexton jetpack – Thunderball, 1965
Sean Connery makes his spectacular escape aboard the Bell-Trexton jetpack, before returning to his Aston Martin DB5 in Thunderball. But in the swinging 60s, we doubt they ever thought that kind of tech would be put into production.
There are a few jetpacks knocking about at the moment – some that use hydropower, others that more closely resemble the one strapped to Sean Connery. But, the coolest has got to be the Jetman, which is basically a couple of wings and some engines fastened to your back.
Robot dog – A View To Kill, 1985
Snooper is a small remote-controlled machine capable of recording video and sound. What Q failed to predict was the ability of flight, like our drones have these days. If you’re after a surveillance bot, always give it the ability to fly. Everyone knows that.
Check out the pictured Parrot Bebop drone available from Curry's PC World.
BMW 750IL – Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997
In Tomorrow Never Dies, Pierce Brosnan huddles in the back seat of a BMW, while controlling it from a small handheld device. This time, modern engineers have outdone Q and now cars can drive themselves.
They may only be in testing at the moment, but it won’t be long before driverless technology gets the green light.
TV wristwatch – Octopussy, 1983
The Liquid Crystal TV Seiko T001-5019 wristwatch used by Bond in Octopussy, is first used to admire one of Q’s female assistants, but is soon put to more practical use in pursuing Kamal Khan.
Nowadays our smartwatches are capable of much more than displaying images, they give detailed maps through GPS, taking photos, listening to music and making phone calls. Check out our full range.
Spectre is out on 26 October, and we can’t wait.