Has it already been 49 years? Sigh. This week in 1963 saw the release of "Dr. No" in the U.S., as Ian Fleming's super-spy James Bond made his debut for American audiences with the immortal Sean Connery playing the role of 007. (The film had already premiered in the U.K. in October of 1962.)
Beyond his surfeit of charm and dash, Bond was also something of an early adopter when it came to cars, weapons, and gadgets. Fair to say that the myriad tech toys supplied to Bond by the British Secret Service's "Q Branch" labs rate among coolest to ever make their way to the silver screen. Here are a few of our favorite 007 accessories.
Bond's briefcase was no standard issue business accessory. His special agent briefcase contained a folding AR-7 .22-caliber survival rifle with infrared telescope, 50 gold sovereigns, and a tear gas cartridge disguised as talcum powder, set to discharge when the briefcase was opened incorrectly, along with ammo, and a throwing knife.