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Old April 14 2014, 11:17 PM   #1
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Favorite James Bond gadget (His or villians)

So what's you're favorite gadget from the Bond movies, many to choose from, Odd Job's Hat, the Ski Pole gun, The Car-submarine.

I go for the iconic (IMO anyway) car/submarine. Followed closely by Odd Job's hat - though how he caught is still a mystery to me, unless he caught it with a claw like motion so his fingers catch it just past the blade?

So what's your favorite.
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Old April 14 2014, 11:26 PM   #2
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Re: Favorite James Bond gadget (His or villians)

His briefcase in From Russia With Love.

It was before the gadgets got silly...
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Old April 14 2014, 11:27 PM   #3
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Re: Favorite James Bond gadget (His or villians)

I'm rather fond of the invisible car...
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Old April 14 2014, 11:42 PM   #4
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Re: Favorite James Bond gadget (His or villians)

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So what's you're favorite gadget from the Bond movies, many to choose from, Odd Job's Hat, the Ski Pole gun, The Car-submarine.

I go for the iconic (IMO anyway) car/submarine. Followed closely by Odd Job's hat - though how he caught is still a mystery to me, unless he caught it with a claw like motion so his fingers catch it just past the blade?

So what's your favorite.
That would be thre Lotus Esprit. From what I've read Lotus got it into the film by parking it outside the office of Producer Cubby Broccoli

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I'm rather fond of the invisible car...

I'm not, I felt it pushed it to far.
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Old April 15 2014, 03:54 AM   #5
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Re: Favorite James Bond gadget (His or villians)

If we're talking gadgets like he would carry on his person, the briefcase is the winner -- it's realistic, practical, and believable. As I've gotten older, I've found myself preferring the films where Bond doesn't have lots of gadgets at his disposal: From Russia with Love, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, For Your Eyes Only, Casino Royale and Skyfall.

That said, I do love the cars. The BMW 750 from Tomorrorow Never Dies is my favorite, mostly for the remote control cell phone (though i'd hate to try and drive a car via trackpad. Don't see that working out so well...).
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Old April 15 2014, 03:58 AM   #6
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Re: Favorite James Bond gadget (His or villians)

Definitely the tricked-out Aston Martin in Goldfinger. The weapons and gizmos were believable, with the possible exception of the passenger-side ejection seat. Besides, it's a beautiful classic car.

As for the villains, though it may be stretching the definition of "gadget," I've always liked Emilio Largo's yacht Disco Volante from Thunderball -- the one that jettisons its back half and becomes a fast hydrofoil. That boat was a real commercial hydrofoil with a detachable "cocoon" designed by production designer Ken Adam -- a full-scale practical effect. Nowadays it would probably be done with CGI and look like crap.

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I go for the iconic (IMO anyway) car/submarine.
As I'm sure you're aware, the car-sub from The Spy Who Loved Me is physically impossible. Where are the ballast tanks and pumps? Where do the wheels go when they retract? Where did that array of propellers and rudder vanes at the rear come from? I'm willing to suspend disbelief, but only to a point.
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Old April 15 2014, 04:02 AM   #7
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Re: Favorite James Bond gadget (His or villians)

Though not a "gadget" per se, the single hair trick stuck to the closet door in "Dr. No" was pretty cool...

...I liked the Jet Pack for some reason...
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Old April 15 2014, 09:48 AM   #8
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Re: Favorite James Bond gadget (His or villians)

Realism's overrated.

I digg most gadgets. I'm a fan of that particular "cliché" of the genre.
One that stuck to mind, though, is the dart-shooting watch from Moonraker, my first Bond film.
Another, one which is often overlooked, is the Radioactive Homing Pill from Thunderball. You don't see much of it, but the idea itself is so symptomatic of the tongue-in-cheek side of the series I so love.
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Old April 15 2014, 12:40 PM   #9
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Re: Favorite James Bond gadget (His or villians)

Definitely the tricked-out Aston Martin in Goldfinger.
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Old April 15 2014, 12:45 PM   #10
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Re: Favorite James Bond gadget (His or villians)

Submersible Car. That thing drove my young imagination for years.
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Old April 15 2014, 12:49 PM   #11
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Re: Favorite James Bond gadget (His or villians)

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Realism's overrated.
No it's not, not if you became a fan through the original novels. No one really expects Bond to be like Le Carre, but there are many of us who cringed as the movies became more and more ridiculous.

For the record, I thought Casino Royale got the balance between the novel and pandering to the expectations of the cinema audience about right, and still did great business.
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Old April 15 2014, 02:15 PM   #12
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Re: Favorite James Bond gadget (His or villians)

Definitely the Aston Martin from Goldfinger

I loudly cheered in Skyfall when they have to go "undercover" and need an untrackable car and he opens the garage to reveal this iconic car including the old school Bond Theme from Goldfinger
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Old April 15 2014, 02:44 PM   #13
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Re: Favorite James Bond gadget (His or villians)

Another vote for the Aston Martin. When I was a kid a local guy owned the "star" car from Goldfinger and I have sat in it, how about that?!

The first Bond I ever saw was You Only Live Twice on ABC, around 1975. Little Nellie really captured my kindergarten-age imagination, and though now it looks a little flimsy and underpowered, I remember it fondly.
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Old April 15 2014, 08:20 PM   #14
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Re: Favorite James Bond gadget (His or villians)

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Submersible Car. That thing drove my young imagination for years.
Mine too. I had the little Hot Wheels version of the car and played with it a lot as a kid and still had it until we moved out of our house while it was being remodeled when I was in my mid-teens.
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Old April 15 2014, 10:43 PM   #15
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Re: Favorite James Bond gadget (His or villians)

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Submersible Car. That thing drove my young imagination for years.
Mine too. I had the little Hot Wheels version of the car and played with it a lot as a kid and still had it until we moved out of our house while it was being remodeled when I was in my mid-teens.
Actually, Corgi made the toy, not Mattel. And they still have the rights, too.

Both the Lotus and the Aston Martin Vanquish (Vanish) are a load of bollocks; where did anybody get the idea of Bond having a Romulan Warbird on wheels? The production company/designers should have painted it green, and have Zao's car be grey.
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