5 James Bond Gadgets That Became Everyday Realities

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If there's one thing that's synonymous with James Bond, it's gadgets! We take a look back at the ingenious gadgets that wowed the public upon first sight and have since become everyday realities. Q branch has had an uncanny ability to predict technological innovation years before they happened.
We took a look at some of them to show just how the legendary spy has helped shape modern day tech.

5) Satellite Navigation/GPS - Goldfinger (1964)

Movie:   Goldfinger, 1964 
Mass market adoption: 1994 
The Aston Martin DB5 that first appeared in  Goldfinger (1964) is one of the most iconic movie cars of all time. It had many cutting edge gadgets, one of which was scarily accurate, a GPS satellite navigation. Considering that GPS wasn't fully developed until the late 1960s, and not commonplace until 1994, Q was light years ahead of the curve. 
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4) Fingerprint Scanner, Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Movie:   Diamonds Are Forever, 1971 
Mass market adoption: 2012 (iPhone 5) 
Tiffany Case and her biometric fingerprint scanner were fooled by Bond's fake fingerprint. Fingerprint scanners are found everywhere nowadays as a means of security; from your smartphone to your laptop. 
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3) Miniaturized Camera: Live and Let Die (1973)

Movie:  Live and Let Die, 1973 
Mass market adoption: 2009 
Bond uses a small camera in 'Live and Let Die' to take shots of a map that shows where the "Angels Of Death" are to release a biological agent. Camera technology wasn't advanced enough for a camera this size. Today we have mini cameras this size in almost every smartphone on the Planet.
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2) Smartwatches, Octopussy (1983)

Movie:  Octopussy, 1983
Mass market adoption: 2013
James Bond rocks an early protoype for the Smart watch in  Octopussy. Bond had many uses of his SEIKO watch including contacting MI5 HQ and watching live video on his small digital display. James has other uses for this gadget though, when he uses it to spy on an unsuspecting woman's assets. Oh James... 
Maybe the Apple design team are big 007 fans?
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1) Google Glasses, A View to a Kill (1985)

Movie:  A View to a Kill, 1985
Mass market adoption: 2014
Roger Moore is able to use these retro cool specs to see into a room where Max Zorin, the film's villain, is making an illegal trade. 
In The ' World Is Not Enough' similar glasses are used as an X-ray device. True to Bond's form he uses these in an entirely different way - good job they were wearing underwear. We like to think the tech boffins at Google used these 007 moments as inspiration for today's Google Glass.
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So there you have it, proof that 007 has helped shape how we use technology and gadgets.
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