One popular element of the James Bond
franchise is the exotic equipment and vehicles he is assigned on his
missions, which often prove to be critically useful.
The original books and early adaptations had only relatively minimal pieces like the modified
attachι case in From Russia With Love. However, the gadgets took on a more spectacular profile in the film version of Goldfinger and its tremendous success encouraged the following films to have Bond supplied still more equipment. For instance, it became an expected scene in each film where Q would present and demonstrate Bond's assigned tools for the mission, and it was a near guarantee that each and every piece would be invaluable to Bond in the field.
Fans eventually complained that the use of gadgets became excessive in the Roger Moore films, particularly in Moonraker,
and subsequent productions struggled to find a balance in which gadgets
have a place without giving the impression that the character unduly
depended on them.
- Walther PPK Technically the only notable "gadget" in the entire film is when M and Q force Bond to trade in his Beretta for the new standard issue, Walther PPK. Bond has since used a Walther PPK in every movie up to Tomorrow Never Dies, in which he takes a Walther P99 from a Chinese
- Geiger counter Bond has to request
one from Britain before using it to determine the radioactivity of Crab Key, suggesting they were uncommon.
- 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 which, for the time, was rather uncommon.
From Russia With Love
- Briefcase This is Bond's first real film gadget. This briefcase given by Q-Branch contains a folding sniper rifle inside while ammunition, a knife, fifty gold sovereigns are contained in secret apartments 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.
- Pager Even though From Russia With Love was made in the 60's and before one of these was actually invented, Bond had to notify him if he ever needed to contact MI6.
- Bug detector A small device that is designed to detect the presence of a phone tap device in a regular telephone when placed against such a device.
- Tape recorder camera A small reel-to-reel tape recorder hidden within a camera used to interrogate Tatiana.
- Homing beacon Bond is given two homing beacons from Q-Branch. This first is larger and used when Bond tracks the villain, Auric Goldfinger, to his base. The second is smaller and allows MI6 to know where Bond is. He hides it in a secret compartment in the heel of his shoe.
- Homer pill When Bond takes this pill it emits a signal that can be seen only be a certain receiver.
- Re-breather 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.
- Jet pack Used to propel Bond into the air when escaping after killing Colonel Bouviar.
- 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 thirty metres. Used in Blofeld's volcano to kill a technician standing by the entrance controls to enable his allies to storm the base.
- Safecracker A small device that can easily be carried in a jacket pocket and works by attaching it to a safe the operator wants to open. With it properly positioned, the user needs only to turn the combination dial and the device would light up a series of lights as each correct number on the combination dial is found until the entire series is revealed to open the safe. However, Bond finds out the hard way that gadget is not designed to defeat a safe's other security functions, such as alarms.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
- Radioactive lint In the beginning of the movie, Q is showing M a homing device made out of regular lint. "Placed in an opponents pocket, the location fix and anti-personnel uses should be obvious." M is more concerned with locating Bond, who is nowhere to be found.
- Safecracker A small device that consists of a flexible cable ending in a grapple that is meant to be fitted on a typical safe combination lock. The machine would then examine the lock, figure out its combination and open the safe. In addition, the device has a photocopier function that could allow for easy copying of secret documents to minimise the chance of the owner learning of the break-in by missing the documents.
Diamonds Are Forever
- Fake fingerprint Bond uses a fake fingerprint that clings to his thumb to trick Tiffany Case into believing he is Peter Franks.
- Slot machine ring Q created a ring that, when used, ensures a jackpot at the slot machines every time.
- Grappling suspenders When Bond rides
on top 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.
Live and Let Die
- Magnetic watch Given to Bond by M when turned on it could snag any light weight metallic item. In theory, Bond claims it can even deflect a bullet. It also has a saw built into it.
- Bug sweeper Bond uses a handheld device that can sweep a room for electronic microphone. It can also be used to transmit messages in
- CO2 gun Fires special pellets that expel highly-pressurised air to make the target explode. Designed for combating sharks, but Bonds is able to active a pellet manually before forcing Kananga to swallow it.
- Aftershave flamethrower One of the few gadgets ever improvised by Bond in the field, this was created by Bond spraying an aerosol can of aftershave past the lit end of his cigar in order to kill a poisonous snake.
- The 'Felix Leiter' Radio transmitter / receiver disguised as a car cigarette lighter installed in a CIA vehicle, which Bond uses to contact his friend, Felix Leiter.
- Side view 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 Man with the Golden Gun
- The Golden Gun Scaramanga's weapon of choice, it could fire a 4.2
calibre golden bullet specially made for the gun. 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.
- Prosthetic nipple Bond confesses that it's "a bit kinky" but he gets Q to create a false third nipple so that Bond can impersonate Scaramanga, who has the same physical anomaly. Bond, however, places the nipple in the wrong location and this might contribute to his cover being blown.
The Spy Who Loved Me
- XXX's cigarette The cigarette used by Soviet agent Triple X, could unleash a knockout blow when lit.
- Ski pole / gun One of Bond's ski poles can fire bullets. He uses it to kill Triple X's boyfriend while escaping from him in the pre-credits sequence.
- 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.
- 007 camera A mini camera imprinted with Bond's 00 number.
- Moonraker laser A laser gun that can be shot in space. 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.
- Watch Bond's watch, branded by Seiko, can open up for a small explosive charge connected to a wire, allowing for the quick removal of an entry obstacle.
- Wrist gun Capable of firing either
armour-piercing or poison-tipped darts; fired by flexing the wrist. Bond uses this is disable a G-Force simulator set to kill him, and later kill Drax.
For Your Eyes Only
- ATAC Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator, the ATAC was lost when the British spy ship St Georges was sunk. Later recovered by Bond, who at the end destroys it to prevent it from falling into enemy hands.
- Pen Given to Bond by Q-Branch this pen contains acid inside that can burn through any metal.
- Watch Another gift from Q-Branch, this watch branded by Seiko, comes with a beacon that leads Bond to a Faberge egg.
A View to a Kill
Camera ring Bond wears a ring given by Q-Branch that acts as a camera.
The Living Daylights
- Keychain Bond's keychain designed by Q-Branch could be used as an explosive device that used a wolf whistle to active the detonation function. It also could deploy stun gas and be used to "open 90% of the world's locks."
- Ghetto blaster While never used by James Bond, we see this gadget tested in Q-Branch. The ghetto blaster is an 1980s stereo than can fire a rocket.
Revolving sofa Q is also testing a sofa that swallows whoever sits on it.
Licence to Kill
- Dentonite toothpaste Plastic explosives disguised as ordinary toothpaste. The receiver that picks up the signal from Bond to blow the explosives is disguised as a packet of cigarettes.
- Signature camera gun A camera that when put together became a signature rifle that only worked for Bond, due to a scanner built into the grip.
- Laser Polaroid camera When the flash is used on this camera, it shoots a laser. The picture it takes are X-rayed.
- Exploding alarm clock
Q carries it with him to Isthmus, but it is not used. Guaranteed never to wake up anyone who uses it.
- Belt A size 34 leather belt. It conceals a piton hidden behind the buckle. It can fire out up to twenty-three metres of high tensile wire designed to support the average weight of an person.
- Ballpoint pen Contains a class four grenade. A four second fuse is armed after three clicks in succession. Another three clicks disarms it.
- Wristwatch Built-in laser cutter and a remote detonator.
- Piton gun Fires grappling hook (piton) and has a laser cutting attachment.
- Digital binoculars Auto focus / zoom, digital camera, satellite uplink to send visual data.
- X-Ray document scanner Q has a document scanner disguised as a tea-tray.
- Phone booth trap Q-Branch is testing a BT telephone box with a large airbag inside which expands, crushing anyone inside against the wall of the box.
Tomorrow Never Dies
- Mobile phone The phone has a variety of features, including: a stun gun, a fingerprint scanner / analyser, security scanner for picking high-tech locks, 'flip-open' remote control for operating his BMW 750iL (directional steering pad, LCD display monitor for the front and rear view, controls to fire rocket launcher.
- Omega watch Taken by Bond from a Chinese safe house, it was later used to remotely destroy a glass jar that had a grenade lodged inside.
- Walther P99 A gun taken by Bond from the same Chinese safe house. It replaced Bond's Walther PPK. Since Tomorrow Never Dies Bond has used the P99.
Cigarette lighter A disguised timed explosive / grenade.
The World Is Not Enough
- Wristwatch Grappling hook with fifteen metres of high-tensile micro-filament and a high intensity lighted bezel.
- Multifunction lock pick Concealed in a normal looking credit card with a removable strip that activates a spring-loaded multifunction lock pick.
- Eye-glasses #1 Remotely detonates an explosive 'flash-bang' charge.
- Eye-glasses #2 Enables X-Ray vision for checking for concealed weapons.
- Ski jacket Conceals a escape pod which inflates into a sealed sphere made of aluminium-coated plastic and Kevlar reinforcement.
Die Another Day
- Ring A "standard issue" ring for the finger which, is actually a "Ultra high frequency single digit sonic agitator unit." This can shatter bullet-proof glass.
- Surf board Contains a sliding panel with a hidden compartment containing communications equipment, explosives, detonators and a Walther P99 firearm.
- Wristwatch Contains an explosive detonator and laser beam cutter.
- Mini re-breather Similar device as used in Thunderball, which provides a few minutes of