Despite a plot that involves global cyber-terror, information leaked via YouTube and and a young, computer-savvy Q, Skyfall feels almost like an old-school 50th anniversary Bond reboot, with an appropriately back-to-basics approach to 007's gadgets.
In fact, other than the omnipresent Sony product placement (VAIO laptops, the new Sony Xperia T smartphone and so forth), Daniel Craig's Bond is once again pretty low-tech.
He's got his trusty Walther PPK pistol (now with a built-in palm sensor), a radio distress beacon that looks like it could have come from a Sean Connery 007 flick and a set of wheels that hearkens back to the Bonds of yesteryear. And that's about it.
But that's OK, because Skyfall is less about Bond the secret agent and more about Bond the man. Plus, it's not like we've been starved for impressive -- and sometimes goofy -- 007 technology over the years. Here's a small sampling of some of our favourite Bond gadgets.
The jetpack worn by Sean Connery was a real-world Bell rocket belt, one of the first jetpack devices created for consumer use. Bond's flying time in the movie was actually within the jetpack's maximum flight time of just 21 seconds. Not practical, but pretty cool.
Leg cast rocket launcher (GoldenEye, 1995)
One of the many Bond gadgets only glimpsed in the quartermaster's lab - possibly because they're so hilariously impractical - this one was a rocket launcher concealed inside a leg cast, as worn and demonstrated by Q (Desmond Llewelyn) himself.
Ericsson mobile phone (Tomorrow never Dies, 1997)
Bond was a smartphone adopter before the iPhone was a twinkle in Steve Jobs' eye. This phone, with a display screen below its flip-up keypad, allowed Pierce Brosnan's Bond to pick locks, stun enemies with a 2,000-volt charge and drive his BMW 750iL remotely.
Crocodile submarine (Octopussy, 1983)
The Roger Moore 007 films featured some of the most impractical gadgets of all the Bond flicks, and this crocodile submarine was among the oddest. A fibreglass shell covered in real crocodile skin, it allowed Bond to infiltrate Octopussy's all-female floating palace undetected.
What looked like a standard briefcase was chock-a-block with lethal goodies, including an AR-7 sniper rifle that could be disassembled, a throwing knife and a canister of tear gas disguised as talcum powder. Plus 50 gold sovereigns for emergency bar tabs.
This Parker Jotter pen was classic Bond tech: an everyday item with a lethal twist. In this case, the pen was a grenade with a five-second fuse, armed (or disarmed) with three clicks. In the hands of a nervous Russian hacker, it ended up getting Bond out of a sticky scrape.
Dashboard defibrillator (Casino Royale, 2006)
Concealed in the glovebox of Bond's Aston Martin DBS was a high-tech emergency medical kit, including a heart defibrillator that saved Bond's life (with some help from love interest Vesper) after 007 was poisoned by villainous Le Chiffre.
Dubbed "the world's most famous car" thanks to its James Bond connection, this classic Aston Martin - fitted with an ejector seat, concealed machine guns and more - has appeared in six Bond films to date, including (potential spoiler alert!) Skyfall.
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