The 20 most outrageous and fantastic James Bond gadgets of all time

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25th james bond film, no time to die, premiering in the US this weekend, and the return of the iconic secret agent got us thinking about the futuristic gadgets and vehicles introduced in the series via MI6’s resident R&D expert, Q. They 007 films So special and unique, and without cue, who exactly is James Bond?

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OK, he’s also a super-fit, death-defying super-agent playboy — but classic Bond movies weren’t defined by mere catchphrases, lovers, and villains.

Although the films of current Bond actor Daniel Craig have reduced the gadgetry and introduced a darker, more contemplative spin on the character, there is still a great deal of love for the wonderfully funny gadgets that have characterized the franchise for decades. Here are 20 of the wildest Bond gadgets from films spanning more than five decades.

Single Digit Sonic Agitator – die Another Day (2002)

An image of the Single Digit Sonic Agitator Gadget from James Bond's Die Another Day movie.
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This little ring emits a high-frequency sound that will shatter any type of glass – even the bulletproof variety. Conveniently for James, the villain in the film has a penchant for trendy, transparent glass floors.

Shark-bursting bullet – live and let die (1973)

Compressed-gas pellet from James Bond's Live and Let Die film.

It needs some explanation. Q originally developed these compressed gas pellets as an anti-shark system—the idea was that Bond could shoot them into the shark’s mouth and eat the animal alive before killing it. Bond actually ends up in an epic hand-to-hand brawl at the end of the film, using shrapnel against the film’s villain, Dr. Kananga. Basically, Bond knocks one down Kananga’s throat, causing her to… well, see for yourself.

flamethrower bagpipes – the world is Not Enough (1999)

Flamethrower bagpipes from James Bond's The World Is Not Enough movie.
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It is actually a double meaning. The bagpipe is not only a flame thrower but it also doubles as a machine gun. Bond never uses it in the movie, but he certainly doesn’t pass up the opportunity to make a cheeky sentence about it right after the performance: “I guess we all have to pay Piper sometime, ok why?”

Rocket Cigarette – you only Live Twice (1967)

Cigarette Rocket from the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice.

This takes Bond out of quite a pickle. When he is caught by the film’s villain, Blofeld, he is told that he will soon be killed. (Sounding familiar?) Bond accepts his fate but asks to have one last cigarette before being sent. Unfortunately for Blofeld’s henchmen, this particular cigarette contains a terrible rocket!

Ski Pole Rifle – The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

James Bond's ski pole gun.

It seems like Q has a pretty straightforward philosophy: Wherever Bond is going, you just figure out how to hide a gun in whatever object he’s using. Going to the Bahamas? Better give him a snorkel gun. Cuba? Soon! Give him some rocket-powered explosive cigars! Swiss Alps? Give that guy some ski pole guns!

Grenade Launcher Pen – Never Say Never Again (1983)

James Bond's rocket pen from Never Say Never Again.

I feel so bad for Fatima in this. After all the bad guys featured in the film, he is eventually pulled out by a pen. Granted, it was a ballistic pen with an explosive tip – but it was a pen nonetheless. That would be embarrassing.

“Boom Box” – the living daylights (1987)

Boom Box Rocket Launcher from James Bond's The Living Daylights movie.

It showcases a deep understanding of the 80s. “Oh, don’t mind me; I’m just a normal dude walking down the street and blasting my tunes on a boombo-bomb!”

Palm-sensing Walther PPK — casino Royale (2006)

Daniel Craig as James Bond with his Walther PPK.

It’s not exactly crazy or quirky, but it’s arguably the best gadget that Daniel Craig wielded during his time as 007. It’s pretty straightforward—just Bond’s favorite firearm outfitted with a special biometric lock so it only fires when he’s holding it. Beautiful convenient, Rights?! (We feel cheated that this sentence was not used in the film.)

Omega Seamaster Laser Watch – golden eye (1995)

James Bond's Omega Seamaster Laser watch from GoldenEye.

High-tech watches are a core part of the Bond franchise, and this is arguably one of the best 007s of all time. Oddly, though, this isn’t exactly the first laser watch the franchise has seen. Bond wore a special laser-equipped Rolex in the 1983 film Never say never never again.

mini scuba tank thunderball (1965)

James Bond using his mini scuba in Thunderball.

The device is basically two small tanks of compressed air, designed to fit easily in a suit pocket. This ultra-compact scuba gadget just made its debut thunderball, but has since been presented several times — most recently the world is Not Enough (1999).

“Dentonite” explosive toothpaste – Licence to Kill (1989)

James Bond's Explosion Dentonite Toothpaste.

Compared to Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton’s 007 doesn’t really get that many supercool gadgets—but it almost makes up for it. It’s essentially a tube of plastic explosive hidden inside a microscopic tube of “Dentonite”-brand toothpaste.

X-ray shades – the world is Not Enough (1999)

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond with his X-ray sunglasses.

Pierce Brosnan had some of the coolest gadgets the Bond franchise has ever produced — mostly because the CGI and special effects were so much better in his time. These X-ray colors are a perfect example.

Laser Polaroid – Licence to Kill (1989)

Laser Polaroid Camera from License to Kill.

This may be one of the happiest moments in James Bond history. When CIA agent Pam Bouvier inadvertently tries to take a picture of her, she and Q nearly collapse, but instead a Wonderful Realistic laser beam on his head.

Rolex Submarine – live and let die (1973)

James Bond's Rolex Submarine from Live and Let Die.

The 1973 Rolex Submarine was one of Bond’s most versatile gadgets. Not only did it have a spinning clock face that acts like a tiny circular saw, but it also had a ridiculously powerful electromagnet capable of deflecting bullets. The electromagnet eventually ends up saving Bond’s ass, as it allows him to remotely summon the previously mentioned shark bullet – which he then throws into the villain’s mouth, causing it to explode.

Trick Briefcase – from Russia with Love (1963)

James Bond checks his trick briefcase in From Russia with Love.

This thing was basically the Swiss Army Knife in the Briefcase. It was equipped with all kinds of hidden compartments and tricks, including a knife, a rifle, and even a tear gas dispenser. When Bond was first introduced to him, he hadn’t thought of contracting much, but M urged Bond to take the matter with him.

taser phone – tomorrow never dies (1997)

James Bond uses his trick phone in Tomorrow Never Dies.

This concept phone from Ericsson had many different functions. It had a stun gun, a fingerprint scanner, a lock pick, and even a flip-open remote control for Bond’s BMW 750iL. It sounded crazy when the movie was released, but with the right accessories, you can actually do it all with a modern smartphone.

jetpack – thunderball (1965)

Sean Connery's James Bond uses his jetpack in Thunderball.

We love it because it’s pretty bad by today’s standards. Is it just us, or does it look like it’s made out of dryer vent tubes and old go-kart seatbelts?

Underwater Jet Pack – thunderball (1965)

James Bond uses an underwater jet in Thunderball.

This one was pretty sweet, but let’s be real here – why would you go to all the trouble of putting flippers on your feet if you had something like this tied on your back?

Avalanche Ski Jacket – the world is Not Enough (1999)

James Bond's Avalanche Jacket in use during The World Is Not Enough.

Avalanche protection systems do exist in the real world, but they usually consist of a backpack with two large air bladders on the back. It’s not nearly as good as this jacket that inflates to form a cocoon around you. Q was on to something with this.

crocodile submarine – octopussy (1983)

James Bond's crocodile submarine in Octopussy.

This is definitely the coolest thing the Q branch has ever dreamed of. Period.




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