In 1962 Ian Fleming's suave spy Bond, James Bond, first graced our screens in Dr. No; now 50 years later, many of the futuristic gadgets that Bond once deployed in Her Majesty's Secret Service are available to buy online and in stores.
Geiger counter in Dr. No
In Bond's first outing, 1962's Dr. No, Sean Connery plays the man with a license to kill as he travels to Jamaica where he requires the use of a Geiger counter to test Crab Key for radiation. In the film Bond requests the Geiger counter from Britain, but they can now be bought online at amazon.com for a few hundred dollars http://goo.gl/RjQxW .
Pager in From Russia With Love
While in the age of smartphones it may seem strange that a pager would be used by tech-savvy spy James Bond, it is worth remembering that at the timeof the release of From Russia With Love in 1963 pagers had only been introduced 15 years ago to physicians in New York. During the film, Bond uses the pager to communicate with MI6, nowadays he would probably use an iPhone 4s or Samsung Galaxy SIII .
Re-breather in Thunderball
1965's Thunderball saw Bond engage in various underwater exploits, including grappling with Largo's henchmen, in the sea around the Bahamas aided by a small underwater breathing device, which, according to Q, would allow Bond to breathe underwater for four minutes. Re-breathers, although considerably bigger than the one shown in the film are now available to buy on Amazon.com for around $9,000 http://goo.gl/U7WhB.
Fingerprint scanner in Diamonds Are Forever
In 1971's Diamonds Are Forever, Bond, played by Sean Connery, is subject to a fingerprint scan by Tiffany Case which he manages to fool by wearing fake fingerprints. While not strictly a Bond gadget, modern, much smaller versions of Tiffany Case's large and unwieldy fingerprint scanner are now available to buy on sites such as Bayometric.com for under $100. http://goo.gl/6KFUk
Seiko Radio Wristwatch in For Your Eyes Only
1981's Bond film For Your Eyes Only saw Bond, played by Roger Moore, and Melina Havelock, played by Carole Bouquet, take on the KGB in an effort to retrieve an Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC). During the film Bond uses a Seiko watch capable of sending and receiving radio signals; such watches, though not made by Seiko, are, nowadays, available to by for around a mere $50 http://goo.gl/2k9xw
TV Watch in Octopussy
In 1983's Octopussy, Bond, again played by Roger Moore, took on renegade Soviet general Orlov and exiled Afghan prince Kamil Kahn with the help of Octopussy and, amongst other gadgets, a TV watch. During the film the TV watch aids Bond in apprehending Kahn; such watches are now available on Amazon.com and other sites for under $100. http://goo.gl/mahMM
Homing device in Octopussy
In Octopussy a homing device, complete with a microphone, is installed into the Fabergé egg stolen by Bond during an auction. As technology has improved, homing devices have become somewhat less glamorous and now, rather than being the preserve of spies can be purchased from stores such as loc8tor.com for keeping track of pets and car keys. http://goo.gl/62VlK
Concept phone in Tomorrow Never Dies
1997's Tomorrow Never Dies portrayed her Majesty's finest, played by Pierce Brosnan, using a concept mobile phone designed by Ericsson. In the film the phone was capable of disabling enemies with a stun gun, scanning fingerprints and picking locks. The phone's style, though not its more lethal attributes, was later incorporated into the Ericsson R380 which came out in 2000. These phones are now collectors' items and can be found on eBay where models are currently going for between $7 and $186. http://goo.gl/zTSMY