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The Best of James Bond’s Tricks [Roundup of 388 Bond Tricks and Tools]

August 27th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

To wrap up our insanely long round up of James Bond tricks, here is the summarized edition.

Best Of:

  • [Dr. No] While this is not explicitly said, we can assume that Bond uses a business card that features just his phone number. This might be done in order not to give too much away about his location or occupation, including not mentioning his name so that he can assume any alias. Update: Bond, in fact, uses a business card featuring Universal Exports and a phone number which is answered by MI6 as Universal Exports. (Thanks Jamie!)
  • [Dr. No] In order to secure his hotel room, he applies a type of powder to the catches on his suitcase and a damp hair on a door. When the door is opened, the hair falls off, letting him know that someone has been snooping. Likewise, the powder gives away prying fingers.
  • [Dr. No] Hiding from the enemy, Bond gets a reed cut, and uses it as a makeshift snorkel underwater to prevent getting seen by humans and smelled by dogs.
  • [From Russia With Love] When attacked by boats, Bond rolls gasoline drums into the water, then shoots them to create explosions that destroy the boats.
  • [Goldfinger] When fighting attackers, he sends one into a tub of water, then throws a lamp into the tub to electrocute the man.
  • [Thunderball] Bond records audio in his room using a tape recorder when he goes out. Then, when he comes back, he replays the recording speedily to find noises of intruders to tip him off where the intruder is.
  • [Thunderball] In the poor position of being surrounded by the enemy, Bond shoots at both sides, then gets out of the way, which causes the enemy to turn against each other.
  • [Diamonds Are Forever] Bond pretends to be making out with himself, wrapping his arms around himself in the dark to deceive others.
  • [Live and Let Die] Bond combines his aftershave and a cigar to create a fire to scare away a snake.
  • [Moonraker] In order to discover the location of the safe, Bond asks about it, then watches where the eyes moved to find the general location.
  • [Moonraker] To travel quickly, Bond grabs a chain and uses it to zip line across the landscape on a nearby wire.
  • [For Your Eyes Only] Bond grabs a nearby table umbrella, and uses it first as a spear, then as a makeshift parachute.
  • [Never Say Never Again] When fighting, he throws a nearby beaker of fluid in opponent’s eyes to temporarily blind him.
  • [A View to A Kill] Bond forced underwater, Bond sees watchers, so he stays under, using tire’s air to breathe in order to fake his death.
  • [The Living Daylights] In order to distract pursuers, Bond places a decoy in a phone booth, using a cello case covered with a coat.
  • [GoldenEye] A target, Bond uses gas tanks as a barrier to prevent his assailants from shooting because that would blow everything up.
  • [Tomorrow Never Dies] In order to incapacitate a chaser, Bond throws a steel cord around the rotor of the helicopter.
  • [Tomorrow Never Dies] Bond kills a member of the opposition with a knife, then fakes the man as himself to fake his death.
  • [The World Is Not Enough] Bond’s glasses, Blue Tinted Black Framed Sunglasses, allow him to see through clothes for weapons.
  • [Die Another Day] 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.
  • [Die Another Day] Bond pulls the parachute of an opponent to send him sprawling away.
  • [Casino Royale] Bond finds his target’s gun, empties it and leaves it where he found it, in order to stay a step ahead.
  • [Casino Royale] Bond’s opponent uses a ruse of trying on sunglasses to check for tails.
  • [Quantum of Solace] Looking for clues, Bond checks for messages for a dead suspect in the hotel lobby.

Series:

Updates and Additional Tricks:
  • From Russia With Love: Employs reverse psychology on Red Grant by pretending to be eager to open his attache case, making Grant suspicious and getting him to open it himself. -Napoleon Plural
  • Goldfinger: Locked in a cell in GF, he arouses the guard’s suspicions and dips out of view. Guard opens door, curious, cell seems open. Bond drops on top of him from above, pandemonium ensues. -Napoleon Plural
  • Live and Let Die: He rigs the pack of cards so Solitaire loses her virginity to him. -Napoleon Plural
  • Never Say Never Again: A plank in floor rises up on stairwell, tripping over assailant. -Napoleon Plural
  • A View to a Kill: Bond recorded conversation with him and Tibbet fools eavesdroppers while he and his man nip outside on the balcony for a chat. Seemingly borrowed from Kananga in LALD. -Napoleon Plural
  • Octopussy: Bond notices that Kamal had loaded dice (so that he kept getting a double 6) and uses the same dice to win. -dr. evan-gelist

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

August 27th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

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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94 Tricks and Tools of James Bond: Part 4 [How to Be Bond]

August 27th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Previously, I explored the many tricks, tips and tools of Jason Bourne, and the tricks, tips and tools of James Bond (part 1, 2 and 3) . Now, let’s continue with exploring the tricks, tips and tools of James Bond, part 4. This article will delve into the tips, tricks and gadgets of James Bond’s following five films, The Living Daylights, License to Kill, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. (Yes, spoilers may be found ahead. Trod carefully.)

The Living Daylights

Tools

  1. Bond’s cigarette case conceals a pair of binoculars.
  2. He also uses night vision goggles.
  3. A boombox which doubles as a gun is used.
  4. Bond’s key chain releases stun gas or blows things up depending on the tune he whistles.
  5. Q developed a couch that sucks in a person making them disappear temporarily.
  6. Bond’s enemy has a watch which wirelessly alerts his guards of danger.
  7. Bond has a pair of glasses which also act as binoculars.
  8. Bond’s watch is a Rolex Submariner.
  9. Bond uses a Walther WA 2000 Sniper Rifle.
  10. Bond’s car of choice, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Series III has a “laser beam cutter, lower front firing automatic missiles, studded tires, skis that protrude from under the doors, plane cockpit style head-up display, a special radio with multi-transmission accessibility, hinged number plates, bullet-proof glass, a rocket jet propulsion unit and [a] self-destruct button.”

Tricks

  1. Bond jumps on the roof of a truck and cuts through the canvas with a knife to attack the driver.
  2. He drives the car off a cliff, pulling his parachute to save himself.
  3. Bond uses an oil pipeline to covertly ship an asset across the border.
  4. The enemy uses a headphone cord to strangle his target, then pretends to be milk man carrying exploding milk bottles, and finally assumes the identity of ambulance assistance to escape.
  5. In order to distract pursuers, Bond places a decoy in a phone booth, using a cello case covered with a coat.
  6. Bond drives a car into a shack, creating a target for his pursuers to fire at, without hitting him.
  7. He then cuts a hole in the ice of the frozen lake with a tireless wheel to send his enemy plummeting through the ice.
  8. Bond uses a car that has skis as well as rocket propulsion.
  9. He uses his handy cello case as sled to rapidly cross a border.
  10. When he needs to move, Bond hitchhikes on the back of vegetable truck.
  11. Needing a distraction for a male guard, Bond takes off a girl’s top.
  12. Bond constantly fakes death in order to keep his enemy unaware and unfocused on him.
  13. Escaping, Bond goes to the roof, then jumps over rooftops to flee quickly.
  14. Forced to think in a jam, Bond gets in a car with a few random inviting girls to get away.
  15. Bond, being charitable, helps another man jailed escape with him, and his favor is quickly reciprocated with assistance by his new comrade.
  16. They steal a ladder for boarding planes to get over a tall fence.
  17. Bond cuts off his boot grasped by his opponent in order to detach himself from him.
  18. He then smartly drops a bomb on bridge to cut off enemy troop supply.
  19. Finally, to escape from a quickly dropping airplane, Bond uses a parachute attached to a jeep to land the car safely by driving out of the plane and deploying the chute.

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