There are a few, guaranteed, reasons for me to go to a movie theatre.
One of those reasons? You’re probably familiar with his name.
The latest and twenty-third film from the franchise, “Skyfall,” premiers November 9th. This is an important year for the Bond franchise, celebrating the 50th anniversary since the release of “Dr. No” (1962), and they’ve stepped up their game accordingly. Not only did they get an Academy Award-winning director (Sam Mendes), but gave Daniel Craig’s Bond a formidable opponent in casting Javier Bardem as the film’ villain. And – if that’s not enough awesome for you – Thomas Newman composed the score. Dudes and dudettes, in case you’ve no idea who Newman is: “The Shawshank Redemption?” He wrote that music. Now you know. Oh. And I should add – in a smart return to using prominent female artists – Adele penned and sings the title song.
If you’re a Bond fan, you’re looking forward to this movie.
If you’re not a Bond fan, you’re still looking forward to this movie.
So, what makes this dude awesome enough to have fifty years of staying power? It’s simple, really. Bond always has the skills and tools to get the job done, with an ability to improvise a solution to any problem he faces. If you want to conquer a situation like the man himself, you’re going to need the right tool for the job. Allow me to play “Q” in this instance (let’s go with “E”), and recommend some gadgets and gear from QLP that every secret agent should have:
When it comes to his martinis? “Shaken, not stirred.” He knows what he likes and how he likes it. Who better, then, to make your signature martinis but yourself? The Attache Martini Set has everything you need to pour yourself – and perhaps a friend, too – a martini. The discreet black carrying case is going to look a lot more appealing than the box of Franzia less-classy dudes are toting around. Bond not only gets the job done, but does so while looking good.
When Bond’s doing recon, observing other spies, it’s not like he’s sitting at Starbucks, mooching-off free WiFi and plugging his charger into the wall outlet. In the field, a phone’s only useful as long as it’s charged. When stationed in remote villages, you’re going to have to make your own power. To make sure he never runs out of juice, I’d recommend Bond carry a Phone Crank Charger, which enables him to charge his battery even he doesn’t have electricity at his disposal. It even doubles as an LED flashlight. Without relying on proximity to a power source, this enables Bond to safely go off-the-grid.
When Bond does have access to electricity, he’ll need a World Travel Adapter with USB Port to charge his electronic devices, because the size and shape of outlets differs from one part of the world to the next. This one works in over 150 countries. Globetrotting as often as Bond does, this adapter is an absolute essential, guaranteeing he’ll be able to plug his electronics in, regardless of his location. Even at Starbucks, if he so chooses.
It’s a Swiss Army Knife. It’s a set of pliers. It’s both. Unlike the “Leatherman-style,” plier-based multitools, Wenger’s Ranger 75 Genuine Swiss Army Knife improved upon the standard SAK by incorporating a full-sized set of folding pliers into its sleek design. It’s a palm-sized toolbox. It’s a weapon. And it all folds into a sleek, discreet black casing. Pairs perfectly with that peak-lapel tux you’re wearing to the card table, James.
Sometimes the car Bond’s driving is going fast. Sometimes the car Bond’s driving is traveling on the wrong-side of the road, against traffic. Sometimes the car Bond’s driving takes on heavy machine gun fire. That all said, there will be the occasional time (at least once per film) that Bond will need to bail on his ride. If you’re not lucky enough to have someone tear off your car door for you, the next best thing to have would be one of our Car Escape Tools. Featuring a seatbelt cutter and window breaker, this product is literally a lifesaver. Toss one into the glove box, or better yet, use the attached key ring to keep one handy when you’ve got to, uh, “borrow” someone else’s set of wheels.
And, before you leave, James, you’re going to need something to stow those fake passports, boarding passes, and global currency in. In keeping with your sartorial tendencies, allow me to offer something that works well and looks as suave as you do. No secret agent deserves a “George Costanza” sized wallet. Try this Cutter and Buck Performance Series Travel Wallet. It’s just large enough to be the size of your passport(s), while still able to hold your necessary paperwork, identification, and money.
So long as he’s carrying the aforementioned items, Bond will be prepared for anything. In the meantime, I’m preparing myself for what looks to be an epic night out at the movies.
Are you a James Bond fan? Are there any particular gadgets from the films that have stood out for you? How to you best prepare for the unexpected? How are you preparing for the premiere of Skyfall?