MI6 reviews the History Channel's James Bond's
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Review James Bond Gadgets DVD Preview
14th December 2006
"Bond Gadgets" and "More Bond Gadgets" was
first broadcast on the History Channel. They feature interviews
with key personnel from Eon Productions, collectors of Band gadgets,
and published James Bond experts.
They might tell you not to judge a book by its cover,
but when selling a product it's all-important that the
packaging and presentation is attractive.
Perhaps the makers of the James Bond Gadgets DVD let
this slip when producing this 2-hour, 7 episode, DVD.
Yes, the packaging is plain and in all honesty unattractive.
Some may argue it’s what that is inside that counts,
but design sense and artwork go a long way to impressing
a reviewer or even a buyer.
The standard DVD case is wrapped in a cardboard slip
– this might add a fancy touch, but the cardboard
slip sports the same information and images as the standard
DVD menus are in the style of the cover but simple, easy
to navigate and features specially composed, ‘Bondian’
themed soundtrack – if a little techno!
Video & Audio
The video quality, originally broadcast on the History Channel,
is nothing spectacular. But a nice touch is a few rare, behind
the scenes production shots from the shooting of the James Bond
Above:Underwater aqua sled
Aside from the usual stunners of the Bond world – the Aston
Martin DB5 or Octopussy Acrostar – the content of the DVD
is fresh and interesting. The producers follow up the legacy of
the old gadgets, including the Thunderball
Rocketbelt, and where the modern equivalent is flying today
or the Aqua Tow-Sleds, where an original craft (used in the filming
of Thunderball) is launched for the first time in 30 years.
Seven episodes address the gadgets of Bond. What’s
possible, what’s impossible? Though out the series,
explore the physics and gadgetry of the James Bond world,
with episodes featuring:
- The Bell Textron Jet Pack as seen in Thunderball
- Little Nellie, the Wallis Autogyro as seen in You Only
- The Q Boat as seen in The World Is Not Enough
- The Aston Martin DB5 and V-12 Vanquish
- The Freedom Jet as seen in Octopussy
- Aqua Tow Sleds as seen in Thunderball
- The 360 degree Barrel Roll as seen in The Man With The
The tech-specs and video quality might be not impressive, but
the content will keep even the most knowledgeable Bond fans interested.
Don’t judge it by its cover; it’s well worth a watch.
Screen: 4:3 PAL
Running Time: 110 minutes
Release Date: 15th May 2006
"James Bond Gadgets" will retail for £11.99 in
the UK (Region 2)
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