With the teaser trailer for the latest 007 film, Skyfall, hitting the net today – and the complete James Bond Blu-ray collection being made available for pre-orders – we've got Bond on the brain. So we've come up with the top five gadgets for budding secret agents.
Kingston DataTraveler 6000
From £40, kingston.com
Microfilm is a thing of the past and folders will get you laughed out of bootcamp – in 2012 the modern secret agent stores all his information on his trusty USB Drive. Coming in 2, 4 8 and 16GB versions, the Kingston DataTraveler 6000 is one of the most secure USB sticks money can buy, and offers plenty of space to store those high importance documents and office party snaps.
Thanks to 256-bit AES hardware-encryption and Elliptic Curve Cryptography, the DataTraveler 6000 features FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validation and even meets the rigorous Suite B standards approved by the US Government. Our favourite feature? The waterproof, titanium coated device will destroy all critical security parameters after 10 failed login attempts, a la Mission Impossible. Sadly there is as yet no feature to stop it being left on the train…
Christophe Claret Baccara
Yes, 007's wrist-candy of choice is an Omega – as emphasised by Casino Royale's infamously clunky product placement scene – but as a hardened gambler, Bond would doubtless enjoy the Christophe Claret Baccara's secret feature. Press a hidden button and the Baccara transforms into a mobile casino – hands are dealt on the watch’s detailed face whilst two dice fall into a cage on the side of the watch. On the back is a perfectly crafted roulette wheel.
EMPA air conditioned bulletproof vest
James Bond never breaks into a sweat when he's being shot at – and with this bulletproof vest, neither will you. Created by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), the vest uses patented Coolpad technology, allowing water to evaporate though its membrane and keeping those all-important core temperatures down. The result? You’ll feel just as cool as you look – and it could just come in handy for those sweltering tropical assignments.
Leica M9-P Edition Hermes
Surveillance is a large part of working for MI5, as any agent probably shouldn’t tell you. And if something's worth doing, it's worth doing in style – so the Leica M9 P Edition Hermes is ideal. Designed by Walter de’Silva, whose day job is working on Bugattis and Bentleys (the literary Bond's motor of choice), the Hermes features smart minimalist design as well as a 2.5 LCD with sapphire crystal and 18MP sensor – ensuring you capture your target's best side.
Pay £18,000 pounds for the camera and Leica will kindly throw in a silver anodised Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens – so you don’t have to get too close and blow your cover.
1964 Aston Martin DB5
Well, if you want to play at being James Bond you need his iconic wheels – the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 seen in Goldfinger and Thunderball went under the hammer in 2010 for a mere £2,912,000. Naturally, it includes all the gadgets seen in the film – from an oil slick spray to the infamous ejector seat.
If the price is a bit steep, you can always pick up the Corgi replica version for £50.
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