MI6 previews a new book that explores the science behind James Bond's technology - from bullets to bowler hats to boat jumps...

Book Preview: The Science of James Bond
12th April 2006

The Science of James Bond: From Bullets to Bowler Hats to Boat Jumps, the Real Technology behind 007's Fabulous Films - Lois H. Gresh, Robert Weinberg

While many people dream about Bond's sartorial, gambling, and sexual skills, they also dream about his gadgets: the Walther PPK gun, golden guns, ray guns, and rocket-firing cigarettes; spy shaving kit, poisonous shoes, homing device buttons; Geiger counter wrist watch, television wrist watch, buzz saw wrist watch; decoders, voice synthesizers, cameras, decapitating tea trays, killer hookahs, moonbuggies, underwater propulsion devices, mini-jets, and cars cars cars. And that's just a small glimpse at the vast array of super-science gadgets issued by Q Division to Agent 007.

This book is about the gadgets, the science, the cars, and the technology. How realistic are James Bond's adventures and all the equipment that goes with them? How believable is Jaws, who chews through metal? Just how easy is it to crack into all those top-secret facilities to save the world? Is James Bond rooted in science, or are his adventures and the technology that fills them science fiction?

This book answers the question that moviegoers find themselves asking after watching the newest Bond movies – possible or impossible? Most chapters are wrapped around a Bond gadget – whether it’s his cars, his explosives, or his super secret messages.


Above: Book cover art

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Other chapters delve into the origins of Mr. Bond - the world of real spies - or the plausibility of a memorable villains' psychopathic plans. (Could you, in fact, build a headquarter inside a volcano?) Whether Bond's adventures are in the air or under sea, our authors discover if there's fact behind the fiction.

There are plenty of movie trivia lists (“Who was the best James Bond?”, “The Bond Cars,” “The 00 Secret Agents”), as well as an introduction by Raymond Benson, the author of several 007 novels. Benson is a Bond addict who, like this book's reader, wonders if a gondola can turn into a hydrofoil. Additionally, simple diagrams explain several difficult concepts, such as lift (on a chapter about flying cars).

The 224 page hardback book will be published in the UK by Wiley for release in September 2006, and in the USA on August 25 2006.