2012 marks the 50th Anniversary of the James Bond films, and if you weren't satisfied by the collector's edition Bond 50 Blu-ray box set, my compilation of every Bond theme song through the decades, or the fact that the newest Bond film, Skyfall, comes out in a month, then check out this list of the 50 greatest gadgets from the Bond films, sorted by 5 categories of 10.
Dr. No Luminous watch - Bond has a watch with a luminous, slightly radioactive face that glows in the dark. This is a holdover from Fleming's novels, in which Bond is described as having a similar watch.
From Russia with Love Garotte watch - A wristwatch from which a wire garrote can be drawn. Used by Red Grant first to strangle a man dressed as Bond as part of A training exercise in the opening scene and later to attempt to strangle the actual Bond in the film's climax.
Live and Let Die Magnetic watch - A highly modified Rolex Submariner given to Bond by M. When turned on, it could snag any lightweight metallic item. In theory, Bond claims it can even deflect a bullet. It also has a circular saw built into its face.
The Spy Who Loved Me Seiko Quartz watch - Basically working like a pager, it had a built-in telex that allowed MI6 to send important messages to Bond, printing them out like a miniature teletype. (It actually looked more like a label-maker tape.)
Moonraker Wristwatch - Contains a remote detonator and explosive charge and fuse contained inside the back compartment.
Octopussy TV Watch - Receives moving color images over the air.
GoldenEye Wristwatch - A modifed Omega Seamaster wristwatch with a built-in laser cutter and remote detonator.
Tomorrow Never Dies Omega Seamaster watch - Taken by Bond from a Chinese safehouse, the watch had a small, detachable charge that could be detonated by turning the watch's dial. It was later used to remotely destroy a glass jar that had a grenade lodged inside.
The World Is Not Enough Wristwatch - A modified Omega Seamaster wristwatch. Contains: 1) Grappling hook with fifty feet of high-tensile micro-filament, able to support 800 pounds of weight. 2) A high intensity lighted bezel.
Die Another Day Wristwatch - Contains an explosive detonator and laser beam cutter. The new Q states that this watch is Bond's 20th: a reference to the fact that Die Another Day is the 20th James Bond film.
Dr. NoWalther PPK - Technically the only notable "gadget" in the entire film is when M and Major Boothroyd (Q) force Bond to trade in his Beretta 950 for the new standard issue, the Walther PPK. Bond has since used a Walther PPK in every movie up to Tomorrow Never Dies, when it was temporarily switched to a Walther P99. In Quantum of Solace use of the Walther PPK was resumed.
Live and Let Die Sideview mirror dart gun - Installed in one of Kananga's sedans, this gun is used to kill Bond's driver upon his arrival in New York City.
The Spy Who Loved Me Ski pole rifle - A special designed ski pole which is modified to fire .30 caliber rounds from a four shot clip in the handle.
Moonraker Wrist dart gun - Can fire both cyanide-coated and armor-piercing darts
The Man with the Golden Gun Gun - Scaramanga's titular weapon of choice. The gun also separated into a gold cigarette lighter, a gold cigarette case, a gold cuff link, and a gold pen as to evade security. The bullet is hidden on his belt.
Licence to Kill Signature Camera Gun - A camera that when put together became a sniper rifle that only worked for Bond, due to a scanner built into the grip.
From Russia with Love Attaché Briefcase - This is Bond's first real film gadget. This briefcase given to Bond by Q-Branch contains a folding sniper rifle inside while ammunition, a knife and fifty gold sovereigns are contained in secret compartments accessible on the outside of the case. In addition, there is a safety mechanism that will detonate a gas bomb in the briefcase if opened improperly. This case is almost identical to the one described in Fleming's novel except the book added a cyanide capsule which Bond was to use to commit suicide upon capture (Bond immediately flushes it down a toilet).
CO2 Pistol - Fires special pellets that expel highly-pressurized air to make the target explode. Designed for combating sharks, but Bond is able to activate a pellet manually before forcing Kananga to swallow it.
Moonraker Laser Rifle - A laser gun that can be shot in space. The gun is also used in the video game, GoldenEye (video game). A version of this gun is shown being tested to somewhat gruesome effect on a wax dummy during Bond's visit to the MI6 monastery.
Thunderball Missile-firing scuba tank - During the final undersea battle, Bond is equipped with a bulky scuba tank that not only propels him through the water faster than anyone can swim, it also shoots small missiles.
You Only Live Twice Shooting cigarette - Tiger gives Bond a cigarette capable of shooting a jet powered projectile accurately up to 30 yards. Used in Blofeld's volcano to kill a technician standing by the entrance controls to enable his allies to storm the base.
Diamonds Are Forever Grappling suspenders & piton pistol - When Bond rides ontop of the elevator to the suite of Willard Whyte, he uses for the last leg of this trip the rappelling cord built into the suspenders (A similar gadget is the belt used in GoldenEye).
The Living Daylights Rocket Launching Ghetto Blaster - While never used by James Bond, we see this gadget tested in Q-Branch for the Americans. The ghetto blaster is an 1980s stereo that can fire a rocket.
GoldenEye Leg Cast Missile - Tested by Q Branch, this gadget was made to look like someone had broken their leg, when in fact, the leg hid a missile, which could be fired from the seated position.
From Russia with Love Dagger shoes - Shoes with poisoned blades concealed in the shoes worn by Rosa Klebb. The blades would pop out of the front of the shoes, making kicks extremely dangerous. The poison killed within seven seconds.
For Your Eyes Only Umbrella - An experimental weapon being developed by Q Branch. On contact with water, the umbrella clamps down on its user with steel claws.
Diamonds Are Forever Pocket snap trap - A small gadget hidden in a pocket to give a person performing an unwanted search on the wielder a painful surprise that would provide a critical distraction for the wielder to exploit for an attack.
GoldenEye Ballpoint Pen - Contains a class four grenade. A 4-second fuse is armed after three clicks in succession. Another three clicks disarms it.
Thunderball Bell Textron jet pack - After assassinating Col. Bouvard, Bond uses the jet pack to make a quick escape to the nearby DB5.
Thunderball Rebreather - A small device that can be carried on the person without notice and when in use, is held in the mouth to provide a few minutes of air in emergencies or when the user has to go underwater. A smaller, updated version was used in Die Another Day.
Diamonds Are Forever Slot machine ring - Q created a ring that, when used, ensures a jackpot at the slot machines every time. Who wouldn't want a couple of these?
The Spy Who Loved Me Wet bike - Personal watercraft. This was one of the first water bikes which are known today as Jet Skis.
Octopussy Crocodile - A submersible vehicle disguised as a crocodile. Was this made for Bond or Ace Ventura?
GoldenEye Belt - A size 34 leather belt. It conceals a piton hidden behind the buckle. It can fire out up to 75 feet of high tensile wire designed to support the weight of an average person.
The World Is Not Enough Ski Jacket - Conceals an escape pod which inflates into a sealed sphere made of aluminum-coated plastic and Kevlar reinforcement. This feature appears to be based on the Zorb.
Die Another Day Ring - A "standard issue" ring for the finger which, is actually an "Ultra high-frequency single digit sonic agitator unit", that can shatter bullet-proof glass.
Casino Royale Portable implant equipment - A suitcase equipped with a portable scanner and a gun-like device for implanting a homing beacon under the skin. After the beacon is implanted, the scanner confirms that it is functional. The beacon continuously monitors the user's location and vitals.
Aston Martin DB5 - Featured primarily in Goldfinger. The most famous Bond car of all, it came with all the usual Q-Branch refinements which have been copied from movie to movie including bulletproof front and rear panels, oil slick, smoke screen, machine guns, rotating licence plates, telescoping tire slashers, tracer-receiving console and most famously, the passenger ejector seat. While being the most recognized Bond car, it's actually only been featured in five films (Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, and a small appearance in Tomorrow Never Dies and Casino Royale).
Lotus Esprit S1 - Featured in The Spy Who Loved Me. The Esprit S1, fondly referred to as 'Wet Nellie' - a tribute to Bond's autogyro, 'Little Nellie' from You Only Live Twice. As well as being amphibious, the highly armed car has cannons that spray cement on to pursuing vehicles. It also has wheel arches that turn into fins, a small periscope on the roof enabling 007 to navigate at speed underwater and its other weaponry includes a missile launched from its rear deck, mines, sprayed black dye, and torpedoes shot from the front grille.
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish- Featured in the Die Another Day. Also dubbed the "Vanish" due to its ability to become invisible to the naked eye. The car is equipped with all the usual refinements including front-firing rockets, hood-mounted target-seeking shotguns, and passenger ejector seat that was a homage to original Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger.
BMW 750iL - Featured in Tomorrow Never Dies. Used in Germany, the (mostly) bulletproof car came equipped with a security system that would deliver electrical shocks to intruders unless disarmed by Bond's mobile phone. Also had a security compartment in the glove box that wouldn't allow anyone access without Bond's fingerprint. The 750i could be controlled remotely via Bond's cell phone, which opened up to show an LCD screen displaying the driver's view of the car. Defense mechanisms included rockets mounted in a hidden hatch in the roof, self-sealing and re-inflating tires, a cable cutting device in the front hood emblem, tear gas sprayers and caltrops that dropped from the bumper.
Jaguar XKR - A convertible driven by Zao in Die Another Day, the car was extremely similar in almost every way to a James Bond automobile. The vehicle includes a gatling gun, thermal imaging capabilities, mortar bombs, rockets under the front grille, miniature missiles hidden in the door, and front ramming spikes.
Little Nellie (Wallis WA-116 Series 1) - Featured in You Only Live Twice. A heavily armed gyrocopter that could be transported in several cases and quickly assembled in the field.
Bentley Mark IV - Contrary to the films, James Bond's official car in the Ian Fleming novels was a grey 1933 Bentley convertible. The car featured a 4.5 litre engine with the Amherst-Villiers supercharger. In the novels, no gadgets were installed as this was Bond's personal vehicle that in Casino Royale is mentioned as being a hobby that Bond enjoys working on. Its only armament, in the novels, is a high power revolver Bond keeps in the glove compartment. The novel version of the Bentley Mark IV was destroyed during a chase sequence in Moonraker. The Bentley is also seen in From Russia with Love. In the movie, the only gadget known to be included was a car phone. The film version of Goldfinger strongly implies that the Bentley was issued to Bond by Q-Branch.
AMC Hornet - Featured in The Man with the Golden Gun. Bond steals this car in Thailand, unknowing that Sheriff J.W. Pepper was in it looking to test drive it. It was used for the famous corkscrew jump, a computer-designed stunt that was captured in one take by stunt driver “Bumps” Willard, who had never performed the feat before.