The James Bond books and movies have featured exotic equipment and vehicles, which often prove to be critically useful. The original books and early adaptations had only relatively minimal pieces like the modified attache case. However, the gadgets were used in numerous Bond films, such as underground agents. The device was implanted in the sole of a pair of boots, and with its tremendous success encouraged the following films to have Bond supplied with still more highly technological equipment. In this sense, Bond gadgets became a prime example of the literary technique of Chekhov’s gun. This article concerns the 10 best of his gadgets typically carried on his person or by others in the series.
From Russia with Love
These are the SPECTRE-issued dagger shoes as modelled by the delightful Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love, A shoe with a poisoned blade concealed within worn by SPECTRE agents, including Rosa Klebb. The blade would pop out of the front of the shoe, making kicks extremely dangerous. One pair was used by Morzeny to kill Kronsteen after his plan failed. The gadget also makes a cameo scene in Die Another Day in Q’s lab. This shoe is both used by the Punisher and a member of the Yakuza. This gadget makes several comedic appearances in the 1999 film Wild Wild West, starring Will Smith and Kevin Kline, the latter of which plays the character who invents said gadget. The dagger tipped shoe is also used by the Joker in the film The Dark Knight.
9. Underwater Jet Pack
An almost comical attempt at stealth. Bond uses this as a cover to infiltrate an enemy facility. During the final undersea battle, Bond is equipped with a bulky scuba tank that not only propels him through the water faster than anyone can swim; it is equipped with two explosive-tipped spear guns. It also has a frontal headlight.
8. EM – RPM Ring
Diamonds are Forever
Q has created a small ring called the electro-magnetic RPM controller that unrandomizes slot machines and ensures a jackpot every time. Bond is in the middle of explaining the science to Tiffany when she spots Blofeld sneaking out of the Whyte House.
7. Rolex Submariner
Live and Let Die
Given to Bond by Moneypenny, after being “repaired” by Q Branch. This specially modified Submariner has a powerful electromagnet that, in theory, can even deflect a bullet. It also featured a spinning bezel which acted as a rotating saw that enabled Bond to cut his rope restraints and escape a pool full of man-eating sharks and then go on and rescue Solitaire.
6. Golden Gun
The Man with the Golden Gun
The Golden Gun is one of the James Bond series firearms, used in The Man with the Golden Gun 1965 novel and 1974 film. It is used by the villain, Francisco Scaramanga, but not by James Bond. Scaramanga assembles his Golden Gun using a pen (which acts as the barrel) inserted into a cigarette lighter (which acts as the firing chamber, the lid acting as the hammer), a cigarette case (which acts as the handle), and a cuff link (which acts as the trigger). This gun however is limited to only one bullet.