Roger Moore, who was among the more famous of the many actors to play James Bond, has died aged 89. We thought it would be good to celebrate him and the Bond movies by looking back at some of the best Bond gadgets, especially the ones that are now becoming reality.

Bond’s early smartwatches

A lot of Bond gadgets foresaw how real-life technology would progress, and this is especially true when we remember that Bond had smartwatches that could do all kinds of things other than just tell the time.

This was back when if you researched the word “Apple” you’d get information on the fruit and the Beatles’ record label long before you came across the tech company. And, you’d have to search info on paper, of course.

Bond’s Rolex Submariner, used in 1973’s Live and Let Die, helped the spy to cut rope and to create an electromagnetic field that could repel bullets. In 1983’s Never Say Never Again, his Rolex could fire lasers.

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In Octopussy, also of 1983, Roger Moore used a Seiko G757 Wristwatch with a homing device that was better than the GPS maps we use on our smart phones today, where the little dot wanders off in the wrong direction for two minutes before finally going the right way.

Roger Moore back in his heyday
Bond learned how to use his smartwatch before he did his gun.

His rings were smart, too

Smart rings are slightly behind smart watches when it comes to market presence, but they are emerging. Bond, of course, predicted this a long time ago. Or the character Q, who is responsible for developing Bond’s gadgets did, we should say.

Alec McCowen was playing Q around the time Roger Moore was Bond. However, it was the Single Digit Sonic Agitator that foreshadowed the smart ring in The World Is Not Enough (1999). John Cleese’s Q developed the ring that could shatter glass using high frequency noise. This was especially useful as Bond was taking on a villain who loved dictator-chic glass floors.

Super advanced ID checking

Apple has just issued patents for an in-screen Touch ID button on future iPhones, and also looked into the possibility of unlocking iPhones with facial recognition. But in For Your Eyes Only from 1981, Bond used an Identigraph to ID people in ways that certainly seemed futuristic then. Bond described a villain’s features to a computerised device that then built a 3D image of them, which could be checked against the databases of spy agencies.

Let’s not forget Roger Moore’s Crocodile Submarine

This one, very sadly, is not around yet. But it has to be mentioned because it was from a Roger Moore movie and also because it is extremely cool. The Crocodile Submarine. The clue to what it does is pretty obvious in the title. It was coming up with an idea in the first place that was far from obvious. We love you, Bond (and Q, and Roger Moore).

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