Q-Branch would absolutely be pleased with the enhancements made to some of the James Bond gadgets that you can now actually buy. Maybe you can’t afford the 007 life of casinos, gorgeous women and world travel, but you don’t have to work for her Majesty's Secret Service to get you hands on some of the cool spy gadgets you have drooled over in the 22 various Bond movies – not including the one coming out in 2012. So add a little adventure to your life with one of these 6 James Bond gadgets you can actually own.
Jet Pack. Amazingly,the boys at the Pentagon first commissioned Bell Labs in the 1950s to build the “Bell Rocket Belt” gadget that first in Thunderball (1965). Of course it only worked for 30 seconds at a whopping speed of 10 mph, but it was still cool. Even though the military never went with it, variations of this have evolved to the point where it is a James Bond gadget you can own today. Check out the jet packs offered by New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft Company, Mexico's Tecnologia Aeroespacial Mexicana (TAM), Colorado-based JetPack International, and California-based Thunderbolt Aerosystems.
Voice Changer. In Diamonds are Forever (1971), Bond uses a cassette-player gadget to change his voice to sound like one of the movie’s evil doers. It was one of Q’s gadgets that you can now own yourself in the form of software to make your voice to sound like a male, female, teenager or even a small child. Some can even be fine-tuned like Bond’s voice changer to sound like a particular person. Audio4Fun offers their AV Voice Changer Software 7.0 that the company’s says is designed to work with "Skype, Ventrilo, TeamSpeak, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Live Messenger, AIM, XFire, GoogleTalk, Roger Wilco, Net2Phone and more.” This present day James Bond gadget wasn’t designed for mischief, but rather aimed at gamers who feel the need to conceal or enhance their real voices.
Re-breather. This is the only James Bond gadget you can actually own that was used in two Bond movies: Thunderball (1965) and again in Die Another Day(2002). The movie version was never actually functional, but the real-life version available today is about the same size as 007’s and actually works. Developed by Homeland Security Group International, Inc., the Neptune EBD1 allows you up to 1 hour of underwater breathing – plenty of time to escape sharks or fake-out that cute female lifeguard.
Casino Royale Spy Gear Case. While it doesn’t have the tear gas, a pop-up dagger or gold coins that were standard issue in Bond’s briefcase in From Russia with Love (1963), Sony offers a much more 21st century James Bond gadget you can actually own: Their limited edition Casino Royale spy case. When first released in November 2006, it came with: a “Limited Edition” James Bond Casino Royale 007 11-inch VAIOlaptop with a 29-inch display; a Cyber-shot DSC-T50,7.2 megapixel camera with a 3 inch display; and a cool attaché with the “007” logo.
Waterproof HD Spy Watch Camera. In virtually all the Bond movies, Q-Branch always made a point of making sure Bond was wearing a watch that did more than tell time. Though you’d be hard-pressed to find 007’s laser watch or circular-saw watch, one James Bond watch gadget you can buy is a video camera watch. The Thanko Waterproof HD Video Camera Spy Watch can shoot video in 640 x 480 @ 30fps; take pictures at 1600 x 1200 resolution; includes 4GB of memory; and sports a USB port.
Spy Car. In Goldfinger (1964), Q introduced 007 – and us – to the ultimate James Bond gadget you can actually own: Unfortunately, the original 1964 DB5 sold at auction in October 2010 for $4,608,500! But no worries ExclusiveMotorCars.ca builds limited production luxury sports cars that feature all the 007 gadgets you’ll need. According to their website, if you order the “Ultimate Spy Car Edition,” they’ll include: “a secret control panel; hood cannons; front grill rockets and machine guns (for show only); revolving license plate; pager remote capabilities; and in-dash bar.” Shaken, not stirred.
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