This program examines the props that put the wow in James Bond films. They included the cars from Aston Martin, BMW, Lotus and Rolls Royce, the autogyro "Little Nellie", the Q boat and the ... See full summary »


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This program examines the props that put the wow in James Bond films. They included the cars from Aston Martin, BMW, Lotus and Rolls Royce, the autogyro "Little Nellie", the Q boat and the incredibly popular rocket belt. Then visit a shop where the man on the street can buy the latest counter-espionage devices. Written by David Foss

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From The Famous Astin-Martin To The Rocket Belt To The Q-Boat & More
1 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Instead of showing all of the wild James Bond gadgets throughout his long film series, this program concentrated on 5-7 items (but did mention others). The writers decided to break it down into five major categories: 1 - cars; 2 - boats; 3 - guns; 4 - flying machines and 5 - covert spy gadgets.

The car segment was focused on, as they said, "the most famous car in the world." That would be the Astin Martin DB5, made famous in "Goldfinger." That was the auto which had machine guns in it, oil slick apparatus and other goodies never seen on screen before. We also see another really nice car from "Goldfinger" - the expensive "Rolls Royce Phantom 3."

The featured boat is the sleek "Q Boat," named after that eccentric maker of Bond gadgets in his movie, "Q." We go to the USA Midwest and witness a demonstration of the boat and what it can do on the Kankakee River. Not many speedboats can go 80 mph and have 350 horsepower with a such a light load. It was seen in "The World Is Not Enough." Later, we see other boats that were in other Bond films.

The gun segment was mainly showing how guys are trained at a special tactical training school in the art of everything you see Bond do: fighting skills, weaponry, flying, boating, you name it. It's pointed out that no one in the world can learn all of these skills at an extremely high level (but James Bond, of course!)

Two flying machines are featured: the "Rocket Belt," first designed and tested at Textron Corporation in Buffalo, New York, in the late '50s and early '60s, and then the "Auto Gyro," a small helicopter-type machine that can be used anywhere.

The "Rocket Belt" has been demonstrated all over the world. Put simply, a man puts this apparatus on, which is like a back pack, and - zoom - he's up in the air flying. The few men that have been trained to do this over the years are interviewed and seen from tests to performing at big events like the Super Bowl.

Eighty-five year old inventor and flying of the Auto Gyro is Ken Wallis, who tells us and shows us what his cool machine does. "Little Nell" was the name of one of these flying machines, the one you might have seen in "You Only Live Twice."

Finally, we go to a store in Beverly Hills, Ca., where a man demonstrates some of the gadgets they have in their "Counter Spy Shop." These things are incredible, but seemed to me to be most valuable to crooks and cops, not everyday people. They have machines that can tell you if someone is in your house wearing "a wire;" voice machines that can tell you if someone over the phone is lying; whether your phones are being tapped; machines to change your voice and see through walls, etc., etc. Pretty neat stuff!

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