The 15 Best Bond Gadgets of All Time

When it comes to techie toys, 007 is our big-screen hero. Here, a retrospective look at his most impressive stuff

11. Deadly Briefcase

In From Russia with Love, Bond is presented with â€an ordinary black leather case,†according to the Q branch equipment officer-except, of course, for the 40 rounds of ammunition stored in containers that pop out from the bottom, a throwing knife that projects from the side, 50 gold sovereigns hidden in the lining and a bottle of tear gas disguised as talcum powder, magnetized to cling to the exterior. It will also explode if not opened properly. â€A smart-looking piece of luggage,†remarks M.

9. Camera Gun

In a crucial scene in the 1989 License to Kill, Bond (played by Timothy Dalton) makes use of four of Q´s signature inventions in order to assassinate Sanchez, an infamous drug cartel. In order to break open the bulletproof window he plans to shoot through, Bond rappels down the side of a building using a rope concealed in his cummerbund, squeezes out a plastic explosive (disguised in a tube of Detonite Toothpaste) along the sill, and connects it to a detonator that looks like a pack of cigarettes. But the prize gadget is the gun that Bond uses from a roof across the street after the window is shattered. It looks like a camera but is converted into a long-range sniper rifle and is customized, through a sensor on the grip, to fire for only one person: James Bond. After all that, he actually misses, and he´s captured in a net by a group of ninjas.

7. Alligator Conveyance

Bond has the unenviable task of sneaking onto the secret all-female island run by a woman known only as Octopussy, in the eponymous film. His method of getting there, it turns out, is by hiding inside an underwater mechanical alligator, which is successful in getting him both there and back.

14. Water Exhaust

To foil the bad guys in the beginning of Thunderball, Bond raises a bulletproof shield over his car´s rear window and converts his two exhaust pipes into fire hoses. A huge blast of water knocks over Bond´s pursuers, leaving them looking wet and silly.

1. Lotus Esprit

In The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond faces off with Karl Stromberg, a self-described recluse who lives in an underwater lair. Naturally, this means Bond needs a submarine car-a vehicle so worthy of envy that we´ve deemed it our favorite Bond gadget of all time. The Lotus Esprit features wheels that turn inward to reveal four lateral fins and a periscope from the roof. After plunging off a dock, Bond-master of the instant mood switch-turns to sidekick-hottie Anya and says, as they gaze out onto a world of jellyfish and manta rays, â€Alone at last.â€

3. Laser Watch

In Goldeneye, things don´t look good for Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and Natalya Fyodorovna Simonova when they find themselves locked in a room on a train that´s set to explode imminently, but fortunately Bond has on his Omega Seamaster Pro, customized with lasers that cut through metal and detonate bombs remotely. He cuts a hole in the floor, and the two climb out, run, and jump from the explosion, much to the chagrin of 006.

12. Vital-Sign-Reading Cellphone

007's new mobile phone in Casino Royale acts as a personal media hub and on-call M.D. This modification of the latest Sony Ericsson has an MP3 player, Bluetooth, an RSS newsreader and a 3.2-megapixel camera with image stabilization. It´s one of only a few Bond gadgets that you and I can actually buy, although the sale model may not include the injectable sensor that monitors vital signs and transmits them back to HQ for emergency diagnostic testing.

5. Little Nellie

Little Nellie, Bond tells Tiger Tanaka in You Only Live Twice, is â€a wonderful girl, very small, quite fast, can do anything-just your type.†Tiger is not impressed. After seeing it constructed, he asks, â€A toy helicopter? This can only be used for children.†But Q explains the features: two fixed machine guns, two rocket launchers, two heat-seeking missiles and, in the back, two flame guns and two smoke ejectors; also some mines that can be dropped from the air.

10. Full-Scale Remote-Control Car

Q shows up in Tomorrow Never Dies as a worker at a car-rental agency, ready to present Bond with his new and improved ride. It´s a BMW 750iL with â€the usual refinements†and one not-so-usual customization: Not only can it be turned on by a cellphone, it´s controlled by a touch-sensor directional pad. Bond, it turns out, is an instant expert with the handling.

8. Robot Dog

In A View to a Kill, walking in for his customary briefing in M´s office, Bond, played this time by Roger Moore, finds Q steering a â€prototype for a highly sophisticated surveillance machine.†By the looks of the bulky, ´80s remote control, we have a different definition for â€sophisticated†technology nowadays, but this robotic dog is still a Bond-gadget classic.

15. Car Magnet

You Only Live Twice features a number of over-the-top gadgets-trapdoors that lead to sliding chutes, exploding cufflinks, cigarette guns, bogus bridges that pass over a shark-infested tank-but the best gadget of the bunch would have to be the oversize, helicopter-carried car magnet. As Bond and Aki are being pursued in a car chase, Tiger Takana sends along his double-propeller helicopter, which promptly lifts the bad guys´ car and drops it into a body of water.

2. Jetpack

After an extended brawl with (and the subsequent murder of) Col. Duvall in the opening sequence of the 1965 Thunderball, Bond escapes Duvall´s henchmen on a balcony by taking off in a jetpack.

The 15 Best Bond Gadgets of All Time

6. Aston Martin DBS

In Goldfinger, Q reveals the Aston Martin DBS, â€with modifications.†Its windows are bulletproof, and the number plates, as they´re known in England, are revolving. Then there are the controls within the armrest that can produce a smokescreen and an oil slick and raise a bulletproof shield (over the already bulletproof window). There are also front-wing machine guns and a rotating flower of blades that extend from the hubcaps. Finally, the top of the gear shifter flips to reveal a button, which Q tells Bond never to press. If he does, the roof will open up and the passenger will be ejected. â€You´re joking,†says Bond. â€An ejector seat?†â€I never joke about my work,†says Q. Naturally, Bond was never not going to press that button.

4. Venom Boot

A favored gadget in From Russia with Love is the shoe with a spontaneously revealed venom-injector jutting out from the toe. #1 orders #5 to die by the shoe, remarking only, â€We´ll have to invent a faster-working venom,†and as the movie nears its end, #3 makes a desperate attempt to steal the Soviet Lektor decoding machine and use the shoe to kick Bond in the crotch. She fails on both fronts and is shot instead. Bond, being Bond, is unfazed. He sits back and says, â€She´s had her kicks.â€