5. Attaché Case, ‘From Russia With Love’
More than just “a nasty Christmas present,” the simple prop is the blueprint for all gadgets: a normal object with accessories that come into play later in the film. Gold sovereigns? Check. Infrared sight and rifle? Needed. Exploding talcum powder canister? Of course. Throwing knives? Q, you really thought of everything.
4. Little Nellie Autogyro, ‘You Only Live Twice’
This autogyro barely outpoints the Bede Acrostar from “Octopussy” as the best flying device. Assembled on the fly by the Q Branch, this aircraft features flamethrowers, aerial mines, rockets and air-to-air missiles.
3. Amphibious Lotus Esprit, ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’
How do you try to top the car chase from “Goldfinger?” By going underwater! After emitting a cement sprayer (actually oatmeal), 007 gets chased off a dock, only to show that this vehicle doubles as a submarine — armed with torpedoes and mines! The necessary surface-to-air missiles come in handy, too.
2. Mobile Phone with Upgrade, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’
I have trouble playing “Words With Friends” on my phone — and this has a stun gun, fingerprint scanner, lock pick and remote control for Bond’s car? Sadly, he doesn’t have unlimited texting.
1. Aston Martin DB5, “Goldfinger”
The vehicle that set the gold standard for others to follow: a homing device, revolving license plates, oil slick and smoke screen dispensers, machine guns in the headlights and everybody’s favorite option — a passenger ejector seat.
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