Mobile phone - Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Pierce Brosnan
Brosnan was the first Bond to have a truly mobile phone, a concept design from Ericsson. A few years later the R380 production model appeared which had many of the features of the Bond original – except for the stun gun, fingerprint scanner, lock pick and remote control for a BMW 750iL. In Quantum of Solace (2008), Daniel Craig’s gadget-free Bond does possess a mobile and it’s still a Sony Ericsson phone. This time its a titanium C902 which also lacks the first phone’s finer accessories – it’s not even a front-running smartphone. However, it does have a useful 5Mpixel camera to assist Bond’s surveillance activities.
There is a definite bond between secret agents and gadgets. From the Geiger counter in Dr No, James Bond has been bedecked with hardware that has ranged from the plausible to the fantastical. The current Bond (Daniel Craig, starring in The Quantum of Solace) is a relative technophobe, which is a pity because the Bond devices have always stirred the imagination. Here are our top fifteen gadgets that are either real or have perhaps inspired technological innovation.
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