The 10 most impressive weapons in the James Bond movies

Daniel Craig as James Bond in “No Time to Die.”

“No Time To Die” is Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as James Bond and the 25th movie in the series.
High-tech gadgets have been a hallmark of the Bond movies – here are 10 that stand out.

Daniel Craig has wrapped up his service as James Bond in “No Time to Die,” his fifth time playing the role and the 25th movie in the long-running series.

There are a lot of ghosts still haunting the Craig version of 007, and the latest movie tries to wrap up the loose ends and give the actor a great send-off.

Britain’s MI6 spy service has always supplied Bond with a wide range of exotic vehicles and inventions to help the agent carry out his missions, but some of the very best gear have been the personal weapons designed for up-close fighting.

Here are 10 of the most amazing weapons used in a James Bond movie.

1. Bond’s EMP Watch

In the latest Bond movie “No Time to Die,” Daniel Craig sports an Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition. You can own one yourself for around $10K, but the retail version won’t come with the special electromagnetic pulse function that Q adds to the watch Bond wears.

When Bond pushes the button, the watch emits a short burst of energy that should short-circuit everything electrical that’s close by. That pulse causes one of the movie’s signature moments, an encounter so brutal that only Craig’s Bond could pull it off.

2. Red Grant’s Garrote Watch

Luxury watches have always played a key role in James Bond movies, and tough guy Red Grant’s custom Milan wristwatch in “From Russia With Love” is also one of the series’ best-ever weapons.

Aboard the Orient Express, Grant attacks Bond in a train car, and the fight seems evenly matched until the villain pulls out a garrote wire that was wrapped around the watch face.

Bond should be doomed at this point, but the fact that there have been 23 movies to follow is a strong hint as to how this fight turns out in the end.

3. Oddjob’s Hat

In “Goldfinger,” titular villain Auric Goldfinger believes in winning through intimidation, and he enlists his chauffeur Oddjob to faze James Bond after a round of golf.

Oddjob’s hat has razor wire sewn into the brim, and he’s learned to use it like a boomerang. Goldfinger thinks a decapitated statue will put fear into Bond and send him running back to MI6 but, as usual, the bad guy underestimates 007.

4. Walther PPK with Biometric Pistol Grip

Gun-rights activists have been ferociously opposed to the idea of biometric pistol grips, technology that would match a gun to its owner’s palm print and make the weapon unusable for anyone else. What they fail to understand is that the technology could be a lifesaver for secret agents, as “Skyfall” so ably demonstrates.

After traveling to Macau, Bond finds himself in a fight taking place in a komodo dragon pit. The thug sent by the villain Silva manages to take 007’s Walther PPK off the agent and prepares to blow him away. He aims the gun, squeezes the trigger and … nothing happens. Then, a dragon bites his leg and drags the bad guy back into his lair, presumably to eat him.

5. Yo-Yo Buzzsaw

The Roger Moore movies sometimes veered toward gear so comic that it was actually silly, but the yo-yo buzzsaw from “Octopussy” was both clever and incredibly vicious. A gang of assassins contracted by villain Kamal Khan arrive at Octopussy’s floating palace to finish off 007.

They manage to kill Bond’s Indian contact Vijay with the device before trying to drop it down on 007 from above. 007 notices water dripping from the spinning blades and dives out of the way just before the saw chews the pillows to shreds.

6. Rocket-Firing Cigarette

In “You Only Live Twice,” ally Tiger Tanaka gifts 007 with a cigarette that will fire a small rocket up to 30 yards. Ernst Stavro Blofeld seems on the verge of being the first Bond villain who’s just going to eliminate the agent and get on with his evil plan.

James requests one last cigarette before he meets his fate, and the bad guys are dumb enough to let him get his own pack out of his jacket. Things go boom, and our man lives to fight another day.

7. Exploding Pen

Sometimes, the simplest gadgets are the most effective. A Parker ballpoint pen becomes a grenade if the user clicks the pen three times in rapid succession. The big mystery here is why this one didn’t show up until 1995’s “Goldeneye.” How did it take three decades for an exploding pen to take center stage in a Bond movie?

Bonus points because it’s accidentally deployed by evil computer genius Boris Grishenko, who’s idly clicking the pen during an insane rant about the evil plot. Bond is able to grab the pen once the grenade is armed and throw it at the plot’s control panel. After the explosion, Bond uses the chaos to escape death (again).

8. Ultra-High Frequency Sonic Agitator

Maybe the turn of the century was just a good time for innovation. Computer scientists thought the internet could bring world peace, and “Wired” magazine was filled with new gadgets that might change the world.

In “Die Another Day,” Q insists that a vibrating ring is an “ultra high frequency single digit sonic agitator unit” that can shatter bulletproof glass when its high-pitched signal is engaged.

Pierce Brosnan uses the device twice, first to escape by shattering a glass floor and then by breaking the window of his Aston Martin V12 when National Security Agency agent Jinx Johnson is trapped inside.

9. Pistol Grenade

In the opening scene of “The World Is Not Enough,” Bond visits a Swiss bank branch in Bilbao, Spain, to learn the identity of a leaker in MI6.

The meeting goes wrong, and he uses the temple of his eyeglasses to trigger a grenade shaped like a pistol that he’s left on the desk.

He escapes with a briefcase full of cash but doesn’t find out what he needs to know, setting the movie’s plot into motion.

10. Scaramanga’s Golden Gun

In “The Man With the Golden Gun,” Francisco Scaramanga is the world’s highest-priced assassin, a killer who travels the world with a gun of his own invention that fires 4.2 mm bullets made of gold.

To escape detection, Scaramanga’s golden gun disassembles into a gold cigarette case, a gold lighter, a gold fountain pen and a gold cufflink that acts as the trigger. Most of the time, he’s just walking around like a rich guy with flashy and/or tacky taste in personal everyday carry accessories.

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