James Bond & His Most Iconic 007 Accessories
In film history, the James Bond movies have become synonymous with opulence, excitement and luxury. Every Bond fan will have their favourite actor, movie scene, and even villain that epitomises the essence of what James Bond represents. Of course the Bond villains and the Bond girls are just some of the most well-known associates of Bond, but what are some other factors associated with Ian Fleming’s iconic character? From his classic drinks order to his chosen watch brands, here are just some common accessories that Bond usually has close by during his secret missions.
His beloved Aston Martin cars
Bond would not be Bond without his fast cars. Over the years, 007 has enjoyed racing, stealing, and even totalling many luxurious cars. A range of classy cars have appeared in Bond films over the years from stand out brands such as BMW, Bently, Jaguar, Lotus, but the true car for Bond is an Aston Martin. Specifically his famous Aston Martin DB5 that quickly became part of Bond’s lifestyle. 007’s DB5 has featured in seven of the Bond films so far and was first seen in Goldfinger (1964) starring Sean Connery.
The use of the car in the Bond films heightened its popularity throughout the 1960s, making it recognised as one of the world’s most famous and desirable vehicles. Bond fans can thank Academy Award-winning special effects expert John Stears for the presence of the car throughout the film franchise, as he first modified the DB5 for use in the movies, inextricably linking Aston Martin and Bond forever.
His iconic signature weapons
Perhaps above all else, the secret agent is associated with iconic guns and creative gadgets. His gadgets have ranged from cameras hidden in rings to even a simple briefcase that’s actually packed with a variety of gadgets. In Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Q even went as far as supplying Bond with a remote control car, one that he could operate remotely with his mobile phone. In practically every Bond film, James has also been equipped with firearms that will help him defeat his enemies on his missions.
Throughout the film series Bond has used a variety of models from Walther, Heckler & Koch, Smith & Wesson, Beretta, and more. However, it was the Walther PPK that became Bond’s favourite weapon from the very first movie and he has used it as a signature weapon in almost every film since. Along with other replicas, the Walther PPK has become one of the most famous guns used in movies. Airsoft specialists now even sell realistic models of the original weapon, allowing fans of the enduring Bond movie franchise to own a little piece of the excitement of what it means to be James Bond.
His classic drinks order
Sean Connery’s Bond first uttered the iconic line of “shaken, not stirred” in the 1962 film, Dr. No, at which point the line entered the canons of classic movie catchphrases. The line spawned generations of cocktail drinkers who tried to emulate the famous spy by refusing to allow their martinis to be stirred. Some people believe that stirring a martini can bruise the alcohol, spoiling the taste of the drink.
While Bond has occasionally drunk other drinks, the film character is most iconically associated with his specifically made martini order. Now and then he might also spice things up a bit, such as when he added a twist to his order at the casino table in Casino Royale (2006).
His famous luxury wristwatches
Throughout the Bond films, 007 is not just known for his fast cars and laid back attitude, but also his style too. He’s worn suits from Tom Ford, shirts from Turnbull & Asser, and shoes from Crockett & Jones. Bond’s also been known for pairing stylish luxury wristwatches with his outfits too. There has been a variety of James Bond watches in films that 007 has been seen sporting, such as various Rolex models, watches from Tag Heuer, and Seiko was also popular for him to wear in the 1980s. But his two most favoured brands to wear are Omega and Rolex with Rolex Submariner and the Omega Seamaster being two of his most popular watches.
The films are popular for featuring not only iconic villains, Bond girls, and fast cars, but also some of the coolest James Bond gadgets too. Many of his items have been concealed in everyday items such as a briefcase, fountain pen, his shoes, or even his wristwatches. Bond is given an explosive Seiko wristwatch in Moonraker (1979) and also a modified Rolex Submariner in Live And Let Die (1973). It’s not every day that someone’s Rolex is not only magnetic but also contains a small buzzsaw.
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