If Bond villains can't have nukes, then they're going to have satellites with laser beams attached to them. Orbital weapons that shoot lasers, electromagnetic pulses and concentrated solar energy have appeared in films such as Diamonds Are Forever
and Die Another Day
. Putting up space lasers in real life seems less likely following the demise of Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, but that hasn't stopped the U.S. military from testing airborne
and ground lasers
. On the other side of the world, Japan hopes that satellites might someday beam microwaves
down from space to provide clean energy rather than destruction.