5 best tech products used by Roger Moore's Bond

Clever sunglasses, a submarine car and a wrist-based gun

5 best tech products used by Roger Moore's Bond

The Lotus Esprit submarine car in 1977 James Bond film Spy Who Loved Me. Photograph: Sportsphoto/Allstar/Cinetext Collection

As a child, I watched the James Bond films with my family, amazed by the technology presented by Q to Bond. Some of the items were ahead of their time and others left a lot to be desired. 

A number of actors have played Bond over the years, but I would argue that the late Roger Moore had some of the best technology in his seven appearances as 007.

Lotus Esprit - The Spy Who Loved Me

Car manufacturers today are working to add bells and whistles to their vehicles, but Bond was way ahead of the game. In 1977, James Bond was driving a Lotus Esprit that had more features than you could shake a stick at. 

Aside from looking slick and having guns hidden behind the license plate, this car had the ability to become a submarine. 

The car was actually bought by Elon Musk back in 2013. The billionaire, tech entrepreneur said it was his intention to make a real car-submarine vehicle. 

"It was amazing as a little kid in South Africa to watch James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me drive his Lotus Esprit off a pier, press a button and have it transform into a submarine underwater," said Musk in a statement. "I was disappointed to learn that it can't actually transform. What I'm going to do is upgrade it with a Tesla electric powertrain and try to make it transform for real."

The car was thought to have cost more than $100,000 to build in the 1970s.

Rolex Submarine - Live and Let Die

Sticking with the 'submarine' theme, Moore wore a Rolex Submarine watch in the 1973 film "Live and Let Die". 

This watch was produced by Syd Cain, the gadget designer who worked on the majority of the Bond films. 

Not only did this watch help Bond undress one of his lady-friends, it also served as a rope cutter and an electromagnetic field generator. 

Simple, but brilliant. 

Wrist Dart Gun - Moonraker

Another wrist-based piece of genius appeared in Moonraker. 

Q gives this to Bond early on in the film and Bond uses it multiple times to get out of sticky situations. The easy to conceal gun is motion-activated and responds to moves Bond makes. 

Identigraph - For Your Eyes Only

The 1981 film, For Your Eyes Only, saw the arrival of the Identigraph. This allowed 007 to insert features of a suspect to produce a 3D representation of what that person may look like. 

Bond and Q built up a profile of a person by punching in hair colour, style of glasses and so on. The Identifgraph then searched for their suspect in the database of other spy agencies. 

Reflection-Eliminating Glasses - A View To A Kill

Forget about Snapchat Glasses or Google Glass, Bond was doing more with sunglasses long before any of that. While he could not record 10-second videos from his sunnies, they had the ability to eliminate reflections. 

 

This meant Bond could see into the room where villain Zorin was talking to Stacy Sutton.