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FRWL - Syncraphone

James Bond is contacted via his syncraphone, as seen in From Russia with Love (1963).

The Syncraphone (also known as a pager) was a wireless telecommunication device which first appeared in Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963) and made an appearance in the film adaptation of From Russia with Love, which was released the same year.

Background

The device had been recently introduced at the time of the novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service and was carried by all Secret Intelligence Service officers attached to Headquarters. The syncraphone was a light plastic radio receiver about the size of a pocket watch, which could be used to communicate with SIS officers within a range of ten miles of their London Headquarters. When the device bleeped, it was the officer's duty to go at once to the nearest telephone and contact his office.

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