The 20 most outrageous and fantastic James Bond gadgets of all time, in GIF format

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James Bond has always been known for his gadgets — but unfortunately, the modern 007 films have scaled back the corny gizmos that were once a staple of the franchise, and the Daniel Craig films generally don’t have the same level of ridiculousness that Brosnan, Moore, Dalton, and Connery had. Spectre, which opens today, isn’t likely to have too many outrageous gadgets in it, so to celebrate the release and bring back the good old days, we’ve rounded up the 20 most wonderfully ridiculous Bond gadgets of all time, and presented them in GIF format for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Single Digit Sonic Agitator — The World Is Not Enough (1999)

This little ring is thing emits a high-frequency sound that shatters any kind of glass — even the bulletproof variety. Lucky for James, the villain in the movie has a penchant for trendy, transparent glass floors.

Shark-Bursting Pellet — Live and Let Die (1973)

This one requires some explaining. Q-branch originally developed these compressed gas pellets as an anti-shark system — the idea being that Bond could shoot them into a shark’s mouth and blow the beast to smithereens before it ate him alive. Bond actually ends up using the pellets against the movie’s villain, Dr. Kananga, in an epic hand-to-hand brawl at the end of the movie. Basically, Bond shoves one down Kananga’s throat, causing him to inflate, rise to the ceiling, and violently explode.

Flamethrower Bagpipe — The World is Not Enough (1999)

This one is actually a twofer. Not only is the bagpipe a flamethrower — it also doubles as a machine gun. Bond never uses it in the movie, but he definitely doesn’t pass up the opportunity to make a cheesy pun about it right after the demonstration: “I suppose we’ve all got to pay the piper sometime, right Q?”

Rocket Cigarette — You Only Live Twice (1967)

This one gets Bond out of quite a pickle. He’s gets caught by the film’s villain, Blofeld, and is told he’ll soon be killed. Bond accepts his fate, but asks to smoke one last cigarette before he’s dispatched. Unfortunately for Blofeld’s henchmen, this particular cig happens to have a f$%&ing rocket in it!

Ski Pole Rocket Launcher  — The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Q branch seems to have a pretty straightforward strategy: wherever Bond is going, you simply figure out how to hide a gun in whatever objects he’ll be using. Going to the Bahamas? Better give him a snorkel gun. Cuba? Quick — give him some rocket-propelled exploding cigars. The Swiss Alps? Give that man some ski pole guns!

Grenade Launcher Pen — Never Say Never Again (1983)

I kind of feel bad for Fatima in this one. After all the badassery she exhibited in the movie, she was ultimately taken out by a pen. Granted, it was a ballistic pen with an explosive tip — but it was a pen nonetheless. That’s gotta be embarrassing.

The “Boom Box” — The Living Daylights (1987)

“Oh, don’t mind me; I’m just a normal dude just walkin’ down the street and blastin my tunes on a boombo — PHLHWPHOOOM!”

Palm-sensing Walther PPK — Casino Royale (2006)

This one isn’t really crazy or outlandish, but it’s arguably the coolest gadget that Daniel Craig has wielded during his time as 007. It’s pretty straightforward — it’s just Bond’s favorite firearm outfitted with a special biometric lock, so it only fires when he’s holding it. Pretty handy, right?! (I feel cheated that this pun wasn’t used in the film)

Omega Seamaster Laser Watch — Goldeneye (1995)

007’s high-tech watches are a staple of the Bond franchise, and this one is arguably one of the coolest he’s ever had. Oddly enough, however, it’s not actually the first laser watch the franchise has ever seen. Bond wore a special laser-equipped Rolex in the 1983 film Never Say Never Again.

Mini Scuba Tank — Thunderball (1965)

This gizmo is basically two tiny tanks of compressed air, designed to fit easily into a suit pocket. This ultra-compact scuba gadget made its debut in Thunderball, but has made multiple appearances since then — most recently in The World is Not Enough (1999).

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