48 Tricks and Tools of James Bond: Part 5 [How to Be Bond]

August 27th, 2011 § 1 comment

Previously, I explored the many tricks, tips and tools of Jason Bourne, and the tricks, tips and tools of James Bond (part 1, 23 and 4) . Now, let’s end with exploring the tricks, tips and tools of James Bond, part 5. This article will delve into the tips, tricks and gadgets of James Bond’s last three films, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. As you might suspect, spoilers can be found ahead.

Die Another Day

Tools

  1. Bond has a watch with a bomb trigger and a laser.
  2. MI6 has developed glasses that create simulated virtual reality for training.
  3. One of Q’s gadgets is a ring that emits a tone that can break bullet proof glass.
  4. Bond’s car, a Aston Martin Vanquish, is able to become invisible. He also drives a Ski-Doo MX Z-REV snowmobile.
  5. Bond also uses a rebreather to breath under water.
  6. Drunk in the film were Bollinger champagne, Finlandia vodka, Heineken beer, 7 Up, and Ty Nant curvy PET bottles.
  7. Bond wears Brioni suits, a Ballantyne Cashmere Sweater, an Omega Seamaster Swatch watch, armed with a Walther P99 and shaves with Phillips Electronics Philishave Sensotec and Norelco Spectra shavers. Another character uses a Böker Speed Lock II and a Sony Ericsson T68i.

Tricks

  1. Bond uses a nearby bullet proof vest as a quick shield.
  2. Bond fakes a heart attack by going into a special mental state, then is able to take his caregivers off guard.
  3. In order to get into a medical facility, Bond knocks out a guest and then puts him in wheelchair to get onto island.
  4. When he spots a camera, Bond unplugs it and then follows the path of the camera to find a hidden passage.
  5. Bond turns on an MRI machine (effectively turning on a giant magnet) to get a gun away from his opponent.
  6. In order to escape from a falling vehicle, Bond fashions a waterboard together with a parachute and in a practice known as kite-surfing, gets away.
  7. Bond ties a rope across a certain area to knock a pursuer off of a snow ski.
  8. Bond pulls the parachute of an opponent to send him sprawling away.

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Casino Royale

Tools

  1. A bomber uses a key chain that wouldn’t be detected by airport security yet could be detonated via cell phone.
  2. Bond’s phone is a Sony Ericsson K800i.
  3. He uses a SIM card reader, a ZiO FoneMate SIM Card Manager, in order to examine the location of an SMS sent.
  4. Bond uses a small GPS tracker which he slips into an inhaler. The tracker sends data to his phone to create a model of his target’s location.
  5. Bond’s car is a silver birch 1964 Aston Martin DB5.
  6. Cybershot Digital Cameras are used.
  7. Bond wears a Black Seamaster Co-Axial Planet Ocean and a Omega Seamseter Diver 300M. Suits and tuxedos were made by Italian fashion house Brioni. His shirts and neckties were made by the British company Turnbull and Asser. In addition, he wears a sunglasses by Persol (Persol 2244 and Persol style 2720), cufflinks by S.T. Dupont, braces/suspenders by Albert Thurston, polos & t-shirts by Sunspel, shoes by Converse (Jack Purcell OTR), John Lobb, & Nike (Nike Air Articulate II), Ted Baker pants, La Perla Grigioperla swim trunks, a Giorgio Armani leather jacket, Douglas Pell Money Clip & an Omega wristwatch.
  8. Bond uses a Walther P99 with a Vega IB339 Inside-the-Waistband (or IWB) holster.

Tricks

  1. Bond finds his target’s gun, empties it and leaves it where he found it, in order to stay a step ahead.
  2. Bond makes it a point not to touch his ear when using a concealed ear piece so as not to arouse attention.
  3. Free running, or parkour, is practiced in one of the first scenes as a way of getting around rapidly.
  4. Bond drops a visible gun in order to catch his enemy unaware, and then pulls out another gun and shoots air/gas canisters to create a distraction.
  5. In an effort to scope out security measures, Bond ties his shoes while looking for cameras.
  6. In a large parking lot, Bond sets off many car alarms by knocking a car against a fence. This created a distraction for security.
  7. In order to find out the identity of a car’s owner, Bond asks a girl at the hotel’s front desk if there was a way to contact the owner about a ding he made in the door.
  8. An enemy sets off the sprinkler system to create chaos, then grabs weapon and guard clothing (to blend in) from the newly unguarded security room.
  9. Bond’s opponent uses a ruse of trying on sunglasses to check for tails.
  10. A seat belt is employed to control the wheel and driving path of a moving vehicle.

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Quantum of Solace

Tools

  1. A tablet computer like the Microsoft Surface is used by MI6.
  2. Bond has a business card which has a GPS tracker.
  3. Bond’s Sony Ericsson phone, a C902 Cyber-shot in Titanium silver edition, has an excellent camera and voice control.
  4. His watch is an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Chronometer with a black dial.
  5. His suits are courtesy of Tom Ford tailoring, Regency model.
  6. Bond wears Tom Ford 108 19V sunglasses, “with a semi-matte rhodium frame, black leather temple tips, and smoke blue lenses.”

Tricks

  1. Looking for clues, Bond checks for messages for a dead suspect in the hotel lobby.
  2. Bond throws anchor at inflatable boat in order to incapacitate it.
  3. Attempting to get into an exclusive venue, Bond uses the artist entrance, and then steals a tux from the costumes section to blend in.
  4. Bond steals a gentleman’s ear piece communicator which he deduces is networked with other enemies, then locks him in bathroom by removing the doorknob.
  5. Bond smokes out enemies by interrupting their conversation over the ear pieces, then snaps pictures with his phone of the people leaving to identify targets.
  6. When he discovers his credit card had been terminated, Bond asks the register to tell the people that would be calling in a moment where he was headed, which was in fact a fake destination.
  7. Needing a place to stay, and realizing a credible cover story was silly, he stays in the fanciest hostel he can find under the guise of just having won the lottery.
  8. Trying to scout the territory, Bond hires a plane leaving his car as collateral.
  9. Restrained in an elevator, Bond headbutts his captors, then grabs one of their guns.

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Sources for this article included Wikipedia, IMDB, James Bond Lifestyle and watching the films many times, for enjoyment and research.

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