89 Tricks and Tools of James Bond: Part 2 [How to Be Bond]

December 27th, 2010 § 5 comments § permalink

Previously, I explored the many tricks, tips and tools of Jason Bourne, and the tricks, tips and tools of James Bond (part 1) . Now, let’s continue with exploring the tricks, tips and tools of James Bond, part 2. This article will delve into the tips, tricks and gadgets of James Bond’s following five films, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun, and The Spy Who Loved Me.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service


  1. Bond makes use of his gun site as a monocular.
  2. Q introduces radioactive lint as a way of detection.
  3. Bond uses a simple lock pick to unlock an office door.
  4. He uses a construction crane to transport his necessary tools (a safe cracker and a photostat machine) to an office he broke into.
  5. Bond uses a photostat machine to scan documents. Today he would probably simply use something like scanR to do this with a phone.


  1. In new places, Bond always checks for bugs that could be used to spy on him.
  2. Bond uses a metal wire to detect and spring a lock on a door, and uses an eraser to insulate from electric security.
  3. Bond uses ripped out pants pockets as gloves.
  4. In order to hide himself from easy visual detection, Bond steals a coat and puts it on.

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Pick Locks

December 24th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

We’ve talked a bunch about locks here, from profiles on masters, to sliding locksairplane bathroom locks and padlocks. But one of the key things is to be able to have the right tools are your disposal. Thanks to Wired, and some research, we’ve discovered several sets that might be of interest. (Keep in mind this is for educational purposes only, and not intended for illegal use. Read our legal section.)

Southord is the preferred source for professional lock pick sets, providing high quality tools for one’s needs. (It also sports a wide variety of other awesome tools, like knives, swords, nunchaks and more…)

Now, the question is, do you want to work harder or not? The standard lock pick sets are great, but they require a bit more effort and knowledge than this electric lock pick set, which might take some of the fun out of the job. Take your pick. (No pun intended…)

Bonus: Wired article about picking locks.

Here’s another source for equipment.

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Use A Soda Can to Pick a Combination Lock [Lock Pick]

December 24th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Single-dial padlocks are those really common locks that you see on lockers and some bike chains. They are also really easy to open. (Please read our legal section before continuing).

Here’s a great how-to on picking those locks with a cut up soda can. You can also check out the video embedded below for more guidance (it works for some other padlocks as well).

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How to Make a Hollow Book Safe

December 13th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

From James Bond to The Shawshank Redemption, the book safe is a classic hallmark of the espionage and crime genres. This tutorial from The Art of Manliness demonstrates the process for making your own hollowed-out book safe. With a few hours’ work, you’ll have a hidden container in which to stash your valuables or secrets.

Book safes are an age old way to stash one’s treasures–the key to a safe, a private document, a flask, a gun. And you can use them while traveling to hide your ipod, back up cash, or other valuables from would-be thieves. And of course if you end up wrongfully imprisoned, they work as an excellent place to stash a rock hammer for tunneling to freedom (salvation lies within!).

Not only are book safes fun to possess, they also make a cool, unique gift. If money is tight this year, consider making a few book safes for your friends or family. The supplies you need only cost a few bucks, and each will take you about 2.5 hours or so to create. Here’s a step by step rundown of how it’s done.

How to Make a Secret Book Safe

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