From the cool cars to laser watches, high tech gadgets are as important to the James Bond franchise as eccentric villains and misogyny. Here are our favorite James Bond gadgets that are not only real, but that you can actually buy (assuming you’re as rich as a Bond villain and just as willing to break the law).
At the beginning of Thunderball, Sean Connery uses a jetpack to escape from two enemy henchmen. Fifty years ago jetpacks were only seen in the movies, but today, today you can see them zipping around the Statue of Liberty:
2. Underwater Car
In The Spy Who Loved Me, Roger Moore drives a Lotus Esprit. What makes the car special is the fact that it can travel underwater and luckily Bond fights an evil villain with an underwater hideout (what are the odds!).
The Spy Who Loved Me was released in 1977 and the movie inspired Rinspeed CEO Frank M. Rinderknecht to develop his own car/submarine hybrid. The sQuba is the world’s first car that can be driven both on land and underwater and while the car has not yet entered production, it is expected to “cost less than a Rolls-Royce.”
3. Little Nellie
The Little Nellie is easily one of the goofiest looking Bond vehicles, but gyrocopters have a storied military tradition. In World War II, German U-boats carried their own gyrocopters and the version used in the film was designed by former Royal Air Force Wing Commander Ken Wallis. Unfortunately, the real Little Nellie lacks the flamethrower and heat seeking missiles.
4. Smart Gun
After the noticeable absence of gadgets in both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, Skyfall saw the return of Q and the Q Branch. One of the new gadgets Bond receives from Q is the smart gun – a gun designed to only be fired by Bond, based on his palm print. In 2014, a 22-caliber pistol with smart technology went on sale in California for $1,399.
“No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.” When Goldfinger was released in 1964, lasers were a high tech scientific marvel only affordable to the richest evil villains. Today, high powered lasers are available to anyone with a couple hundred dollars burning a hole in their pocket (literally).
6. Spinning License Plate
Goldfinger also introduced us one of the classic Bond cars, the Aston Martin DB5. In addition to bullet proof shields, the car is equipped with a spinning license plate so that Bond can change his car’s identity on the fly. License Plate Flipper sells a similar (and perhaps equally as illegal) device for $350.
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