Spy Gadget Categories (01:32)
To be a spy requires courage, daring and the best toys technology can offer. Real life spy gadgets often inspire the bewildering array featured in motion pictures and vice versa.
Real World Rocket Pack (02:37)
One of the best known spy gadgets used in films and television shows was the Bell Textron Rocket Belt. It is a thrust driven device that can make a person fly. It was created by an aerospace engineer in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Rocket Pack Pilots (02:00)
In 1963 Bill Suitor was hired by the inventor of the Bell Textron Rocket Belt. He demonstrated the high tech gadget all over the world and even appeared in a James Bond film. Today only one flying rocket belt is still in use.
Rocket Pack Demonstration (02:15)
At Powerhouse Production Agency a stuntman nicknamed "rocket man" demonstrates how the flying rocket belt works.
Two hours north of London Ken Wallace, a retired British aviator and inventor, is at the controls of his most famous creation. The gadget gained world wide attention after appearing in a James Bond film.
Autogyro Entertainment and Military Use (03:57)
Ken Wallace, a retired British aviator and inventor, says the autogyro is the ultimate spy gadget. It is also very safe and reliable. The aircraft has been featured in many films and used by the British military.
Q Boat On the Water (03:12)
The Q Boat is one of the most remarkable water going spy toys ever created. It appeared in the James Bond Film "The World is Not Enough." An on board computer monitors the boat's propulsion system.
Spy Gadget Museum (02:44)
In addition to the Q Boat, the archive section of Doug Redenius's Ian Flemming Foundation has collected a dozen other vehicles from the James Bond Films. His home collection of spy toys is one of the most extensive in the world.
The James Bond Car (01:55)
The cars used in spy movies have always captivated audiences. They're fast, sexy and loaded with outrageous gadgets. The Aston Martin DB5 from "Goldfinger" is almost universally considered the ultimate spy gadget.
James Bond Car Exhibit (05:38)
The vehicles of James Bond are some of the most famous in the world but outside the confines of the silver screen they are almost never seen in public. From April to December of 2001 Bond fans had a chance to see six of the actually movie cars.
Space Age Bond Car (01:15)
James Bond drove BMW automobiles for several of the films but for the 20th version of the movie he returned to a gadget-laden version of the Aston Martin V12. Aerospace technology was used in the design of the car.
The Counter Spy Shop (03:33)
Every conceivable form of spy technology is for sale at a shop in Beverly Hills. An expert on counter espionage gadgets explains the business of covert operations. The gadgets have been used in major motion pictures like "Mission Impossible."
Real Life Action (03:50)
Security companies, body guards and even military commanders train at Special Tactical Services in Virginia. Teachers specialize in different fields such as offensive driving and high tech weapons.
Melding Movies With Reality (01:50)
As spy films do their best to mimic the real world it's getting harder to come up with new ways to impress savvy movie audiences. Those who make the films will keep trying.
Credits: Modern Marvels: James Bond Gadgets (00:51)
Credits: Modern Marvels: James Bond Gadgets
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