James Bond’s Top 10 Desired Gadgets Revealed

The James Bond movie franchise has provided us with some incredible gadgets—some of which we wish we had, and others that, while not very practical, are still pretty cool. However, real life also has its own neat gadgets! Although we may not have access to a dagger shoe or a mini-rocket cigarette, innovations in technology and practical survival techniques have shown us that Hollywood could learn a thing or two from what is already available. Here are ten gadgets that James Bond would want in real life (in no particular order).

10 Makr Shakr

The famous Bond line “Shaken, not stirred” is the inspiration behind our first selection. The Makr Shakr is a robotic arm bartender that eliminates the need for a human bartender. All you have to do is sit back and let the robot do its job. Although this may not be spy gear, it plays an important role in Bond’s personal life and vices. However, the extravagant appearance of an assembly line machine arm bartender makes it seem more suited for Archer, who perfectly parodies Roger Moore’s suave playboy vibes and Pierce Brosnan’s sarcasm and wit.

9 Belty

In my opinion, Daniel Craig portrays the darkest version of Bond. He is the silent type who has no problem reminding us that he is a covert agent first and has no problem eliminating his targets. He is also incredibly good-looking. That’s why Belty made it onto this list. Belty is a self-adjusting belt that is stylish enough to pass as a regular belt. But why limit the technology behind it to just holding up pants? Here’s an idea: what if Bond could adjust the Belty to self-adjust around a person’s neck? To me, it’s the perfect 2-in-1 tool, similar to the exploding pen. Forget piano wire—that’s such a mafia tactic. Bond uses a belt to choke his targets.

8 LifeStraw

If you enjoy camping, you know how important it is to not drink water from lakes, ponds, or streams without first boiling it. Drinking untreated water can lead to serious medical complications and ruin a camping trip. Luckily, there are several solutions that don’t require boiling, one of which is the LifeStraw. The LifeStraw is a portable straw that filters water of viruses and bacteria. The company behind it, Vestergaard, also has great sustainability and water equality initiatives. So, it’s a win-win.

In his line of work, Bond frequently visits far-flung places, as demonstrated in “No Time to Die,” for example. The LifeStraw, therefore, seems like a logical addition to his survivalist tools in case he has to travel through harsh and limited conditions. Stay hydrated, folks.

7 Ray-Ban Stories

Of all the Bonds, Roger Moore probably had the coolest gadgets. He would be the one most likely seen searching for the next Swiss Army knife with ridiculous all-in-one features. With him in mind, however, it’s not easy to come up with a real-life gadget that he would want. We could give him a smartwatch, but nothing beats the Rolex Submariner. We could give him a self-driving car, but meh—he had the Lotus Esprit coupe. That’s a car and a submarine with a torpedo launcher. So, we decided to find something simpler that could still appeal to Moore’s love for crazy gadgets. That’s when we stumbled upon the Ray-Ban Stories.

These sunglasses, created by Ray-Bans, give the Bose Bluetooth sunglasses a run for their money—and win. These smart glasses are powered by Meta technology and come with a wide range of features. You can take hands-free videos and photos using the two small built-in cameras in the frames. A touch response option allows you to do the same. You can also play and pause music with verbal or touch commands. The glasses come with a charging case, open-air speakers, Facebook assistant, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, iPhone and Android compatibility, and three stylish frame designs with prescription lens options.

6 The Tile

The Tile is a portable tracking device designed to help you keep track of your belongings. The company offers a credit-card-sized version, a round, waterproof sticker tracker, or a small tile. Simply attach the Tile to your belongings and sync the device with the iPhone or Android app. You can also leave it in purses or cars to keep tabs on someone’s whereabouts (although the company would never promote that).

It may not be the most subtle tracking device he’s ever used, but it could prove to be a useful tool for his civilian lifestyle, especially if he tends to misplace his keys, wallet, or girlfriends.

5 Nuraphone

The Nuraphone is a pair of Bluetooth headphones that emit different frequencies to your ears and measure your ears’ responses to them. It then creates a personalized equalizer profile based on these responses. The result is the perfect equalizer setting for your ears only. Additionally, you can take phone calls, adjust the “transparency” of the headphones if you still need to hear your surroundings, or use wired connections if you prefer not to go wireless.

Bond may never use these headphones on the job, but we think they’re impressive enough that he wouldn’t mind enjoying custom EQ music on his day off.

4 Max Privacy Screen Protector

A screen protector? Boring, but practical. Even though I’m not a spy, I don’t want people seeing what I’m looking at on my phone—and what I’m looking at isn’t even that important. Now, imagine what James Bond looks at on his phone…I’ll leave the jokes to you.

The Max Privacy Screen Protector for iPhone is so private that supposedly, unless you’re directly looking at your phone, the screen will appear black. It’s also made of glass, so it offers protective capabilities beyond privacy.

3 The Wasp Gas Injection Knife

I really love this one. It’s a knife. But wait, there’s more! It’s a knife that releases enough carbon dioxide to cause a small explosion when you stab something with it. So, you can stab something and then make the wound worse by blowing it up with the press of a button on the knife’s handle. On top of that, the carbon dioxide that causes the explosion is so cold that it freezes the organs and tissues around it.

This knife was originally designed for divers who encounter predators like sharks. If you use it underwater, the shark will float to the surface before it starts bleeding. The blood will then attract other sharks to the surface, allowing you to continue diving. It makes sense, right?

But you don’t have to be underwater to use it. Whether on land or at sea, this is a pretty neat tool to have for close-range combat, and I’m sure Bond would love to keep it handy.

2 Wazoo Firecraft Necklace

You don’t necessarily want to wear jewelry when you’re out in the wilderness; it’s not practical. However, this necklace is designed to be functional (and hipster-looking). Wazoo has incorporated flint and steel into a pendant, creating a surprisingly simple solution for starting a fire. The sparks will fly! While we’re certain that Bond has plenty of survival skills, it wouldn’t hurt to have flint and steel on hand to make life a little easier. Who wants to spend time searching for flint and steel in the middle of nowhere?

1 The Drink Detective

Hey, remember when Daniel Craig was poisoned at the casino in “Casino Royale”? Don’t just sip your drink unsuspectingly in the same room as your enemy without checking it! You’re 007, for crying out loud! That’s why, as a form of punishment, we present you with the overly complicated spiked drink detector!

To use the Drink Detective:

  1. Remove a test swab and test card from the package.
  2. Dip the swab in the drink and apply it to the test squares on the card.
  3. Wait a couple of seconds, and if the squares change colors, your drink has been spiked.

If you want to know exactly what substance has been added, the different colors correspond to different drugs.

The Drink Detective is capable of detecting a range of drugs in your drink, including heroin, cocaine, ketamine, ecstasy, morphine, etc. If it’s an amine, the Drink Detective will find it. Now, it may not have been effective against the digitalis poison in Bond’s drink, but hey, not everyone has access to digitalis—regular bad guys might opt to use a roofie instead.


Written by Patricia West

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