James Bond has been a staple of the cinema for over 50 years, ever since Sean Connery first brought him to life in 1962's "Dr. No." In that time, James Bond has had used more toys and gadgets on-screen than Batman, and that's a large part of why we love the character. In anticipation for the release of the 24th official James Bond film - not counting the 007 parody "Casino Royale" or the "Thunderball" remake "Never Say Never Again" - on November 6, here is a list of some of the coolest James Bond gadgets that we wish were real.
The Ghetto Blaster
What better way to declare your undying support for the Second Amendment than with a rocket launcher, cleverly disguised as a shoulder mounted "boom box"? This device, which Q Branch built "for the Americans" is guaranteed to make any attacker wet himself so you don't have to. It is also one of the funniest scenes in any James Bond movie. ("The Living Daylights" 1987)
Palm Print Recognizing Smart Gun
Smart guns are real now, however the technology is fairly faulty. The current smart guns generally need the firer to be wearing a special watch or some other type of jewelry to be able to use it. This could lead to complications. If, for instance, you take your watch off for a shower, and don't put it back on before bed, your gun would be useless in the event of a break-in. This could be fixed, if the weapon could simply read and recognize the owner's palm print. You get the protection of knowing only you can fire the weapon, along with the added peace of mind of knowing you aren't in any danger of leaving your hand at home. ("Skyfall" 2012)
Aston Martin "Vanish"
Pierce Brosnan's final outing as 007 has gotten mixed reviews since its release 13 years ago. One thing that can't be argued, however, is that he has one of the coolest cars in 007 history. Not only is the Aston Martin Vanquish a fairly sweet ride, the car developed by Q Branch can become invisible. ("Die Another Day" 2002)
Who among us hasn't wanted a pair of x-ray specs at one point in our childhood? Heck, some of us who are old enough might have even sent away for a pair off the back of a comic book, only to find out that they were total frauds. Bond used the glasses to scope the crowd at a party to see who was carrying concealed weapons and who wasn't. Unfortunately, that isn't a concern most average people would have, and it's really hard to think of a legitimate use that wouldn't end up being a felony of some sort. Still, they would be fun to play with. ("The World is Not Enough" 1999)
Remote Controlled BMW 750
As much fun as this would be to take out to an empty parking lot, there is a much more practical use that every married man can appreciate. No longer do you have to rush out in the rain to pull the car around and pick up your wife at the front of the store. Now both partners can stay dry as you bring the car to you. ("Tomorrow Never Dies" 1997)
Lock-Picking Credit Card
While this little gadget is essential for an espionage agent, it could come in pretty handy in everyday life too. This device would be especially useful if you're prone to locking your keys in your car or your house, which I have been known to do on more than one occasion. ("A View to a Kill" 1985)
While there isn't too much use for something like this in regular life, it could be extremely useful for survivalists. Most everyone's cell phone has GPS, which can find you in an emergency even if your phone is turned off. It can't, however, be used to find you if your phone is lost or damaged. These would also be very useful on airplanes, for the passengers to take in case of a crash landing to aid in the search and rescue missions. ("Thunderball" 1965)
While there are many amphibious cars that do exist, most of these are illegal in the United States due to our safety regulations. Amphibious cars can't have airbags because the waves would deploy them. However, these are all surface water vehicles. While an amphibious car would be incredibly useful for someone who lived on Staten Island but worked in Manhattan, a submarine car would add a great recreational aspect. Who needs Sea World when you can just hop in the ol' Dodge and spend a nice family afternoon gazing at marine life from the comfort of your own vehicle? ("The Spy Who Loved Me" 1977)
In addition to being yet another hilarious Q Branch scene, the ski jacket issued to Pierce Brosnan's 007 in his third outing could also be an amazingly fun recreational tool. A jacket that turns into a zorb, perfect for rolling down snow-covered hills or even grassy ones. Being installed inside your jacket makes it perfectly portable, and the zorb offers much more safety from crashing than your every day sled. ("The World is Not Enough" 1999)
Virtual Combat Training Simulator
A virtual reality system capable of creating any combat scenario one might need to train for. Not only would a device like this be invaluable for military and law enforcement training, it would take video games to a whole new level. "Call of Duty" never looked so good. ("Die Another Day" 2002)
What have been some of your favorite James Bond gadgets over the years? Let us know in the comments.
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