This gadget was so good that Bond used it in two films nearly forty years apart. Firstly Sean Connery used it, on three separate occasions, in the film Thunderball and later Pierce Brosnan used it in Die another Day.
There are rumours that some dim witted KJB agents thought this device was real and persued the idea of how to copy the device for it's agents use. These I must stress are just rumours but I so wish they were true.
It ‘works thus’ as Q would say, by placing the ring on any glass surface and giving it a simple twist.
James uses it to shatter a glass floor when he is surrounded by those pesky bad guys in the biodomes. While bond uses this effectively he doesn’t exactly fall to safety, and instead lands on the jungle floor, which still gives him a much better chance that he had moments earlier and good old James takes it from there.
I think this is one of my favourite devices because it would be invaluable to me at work. When we’re sitting at that big conference room glass table and the meeting’s been going on for about 3 hours, a quite twist of the gadget and the table would collapse in. That would speed things up a little, as well as waking up a few of my colleges.
It was seen in the 1967 film You only Live Twice and is definitely amongst my favourite Bond gadgets of all time. This gadget is somewhat special because Bond isn’t actually given the item by Q as it is given to another secret agent ,Tiger Tanaka, who works for the Japanese secret service.
However Bond uses it to escape from Blofeld’s armed guards and lets the Japanese secret service, and agent Tanaka, into the base.
Let’s just assume that this was one time when Tanaka didn’t mind Bond borrowing a smoke.
- Wrist Dart Gun: The next entry on my list is a great Bond Gadget and certainly one that most aficionados of the film franchise will approve of. This is in no small part due to the fact that, unlike the bagpipes James actually uses this gadget in the film and also because it saves his life in the process.
The fourth item on our list of best bond gadgets is the wrist dart gun from the film Moonraker.
The gun, which as the name suggests, is worn around the wrist is controlled and fired by flexing the wrist in an upward direction. The darts it fires can either be cyanide-coated or armor-piercing and Bond is given five of each in the film.
Now unlike a lot of gadgets that Bond gets, that he miraculously needs only a few days after first getting them and then discards them forever, this gadget gets used twice in the film. Firstly to disable a centrifuge machine by firing the dart into the control panel, and secondly to kill Hugo Drax in one of the final scenes of the film.
Not only does this gadget conceal a flame thrower but also an automatic machine gun, I suppose just in case the flames didn’t quite do the job.
It’s a pity that Bond never actually got to use the bagpipes to thwart any of his enemies, but I suppose there is never really an occasion when playing the bagpipes can be mixed with the covert work of an undercover spy. Playing the pipes would be especially difficult when quietly trying to seduce a woman and coolly drinking a martini shaken not stirred.
Well it’s a shame and Bond’s loss as the flame-throwing, machine-gun wielding bagpipes takes number five on the list of best James bond gadgets.
Aug 22, 2012