How The Evil Tech In James Bond Films Evolved Alongside Real-World Fears

When Skyfall hits theaters on Friday November 9, it will be the cinematic franchise’s 50th year in production.

That’s a lot of cultural history right there. Sure, Bond’s world is fictional, but it provides a curious lens into history — especially the colossal threats posed by supervillains whom Bond is, of course, licensed to kill.

Here are five James Bond movies that twist technological threats from the zeitgeist — and from the near future.

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