As of the time of writing this article, we have received information regarding the unfortunate passing of Sir Sean Connery, well known for his role as James Bond at the age of 90. He had a celebrated career, with some notable films that he was part of being Indiana Jones, The Rock, the Untouchables and the Hunt For Red October etc. On this tragic day, we thought of honouring Sir Sean Connery by listing out some of the most famous gadgets that he used in the James Bond he starred in.
1. Geiger Counter
The Geiger Counter was used in Dr No, the first movie where Sean Connery portrayed the role of 007 or James Bond. It was the movie which cemented the legend of both Connery and 007. It was used to determine radioactivity that was being emitted from the Crab key, which was home to Dr No’s lair.
2. Voice Changer
It was first used by supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld, to change one’s voice to avoid identification of their voice. Soon after the supervillain used the voice changer, Bond (portrayed by Sean Connery) used the same in the 1971 movie Diamonds are Forever.
3. Tape Recorder Camera
Another classic relic from the time, used in the 1963 movie ‘From Russia With Love’, Bond is shown using a Tape Recorder Camera. This invention was used to hide a reel-to-reel tape recorder inside the body of a giant camera rig, to maintain a bit of secrecy. If you have watched the movie, you might remember Sean holding this in a frame wherein he intends to take a picture of a woman. We all remember his classic black hat and his sharp suit, with that Tape Recorder in his hand.
4. Seagull Snorkel Suit
Featured in Goldfinger, which was the first Bond movie to hit the $100 Million worldwide box office barrier. Incidentally, if you watch the movie, in the initial moments you will not be able to recognize Bond, since he is wearing a snorkel suit, which seems like a seabird on the water, but underneath it hides Sean Connery in scuba equipment. One fun fact regarding this scene was, once Bond beats up a guard (well, he is Bond) and stashes some dynamite, you see him remove the wetsuit, only to see Bond wearing a crisp white tuxedo.
5. Bell-Textron Jetpack
If you are a bond fanatic, the one thing that might come to mind when someone says James Bond gadget may undoubtedly be the Bell-Textron Jetpack that Bond uses to escape a French chateau, in the 1965 movie ‘Thunderball’. The concept behind this was a bit odd as the jetpack appears from nowhere, but, it seems possible in a Bond flick and, most importantly, it makes 007 look dapper. Also, one line that I might quote in regards to this scene is “No well-dressed man should be without one” says Bond when he lands, which is a pretty iconic scene.
6. Aston Martin DB5
A gadget house within a car, the Aston Martin DB5 is the most iconic of all Bond cars over the last 58 years of the franchise. The reason why we have included this in the list is the fact that not only is this a premium car, it also features multiple gadgets. It featured a homing beacon on the dash, a Ben-Hur-sorts tire slasher on its rear side hubcap, bulletproof windows, a rear spout to spill oil on enemies, a smokescreen blaster spout, machine guns on the front and an ejector seat for the passenger, this was something that felt surreal for the time. Another interesting part of the car was the presence of rotating license plates, which could rotate to conform to international regulations since Bond was always in a different place.
7. Attache briefcase
A gadget that coupled as a piece of luggage, the briefcase was showcased in the movie from Russia with Love, which was provided to Bond by the Q-branch. It features a sniper rifle which is also foldable inside, with a knife, ammunition and gold sovereigns within secret compartments in the briefcase. There was also a safety mechanism that could detonate a gas bomb, in case someone improperly opened the briefcase.
This concludes our list of the most famous gadgets featured in James Bond movies which featured Sir Sean Connery. On this day, we remember all the great moments that he provided to us through his roles in multiple movies and send our deepest condolences on the passing of a legend.