James Bond is returning to the big screen this Fall in the latest installment of the long running franchise. Skyfall hits theaters November 9th. In celebration and anticipation of the upcoming flick, History Channel and A&E Entertainment are re-releasing the 2007 special, “James Bond Gadgets.” The newly re-issued DVD will be available September 18th.
“James Bond Gadgets” takes viewers on a look at some of the most famous of the gadgets featured throughout the Bond franchise, proving just as with so much science fiction and fantasy that fact and fiction aren’t as far separated as some may think. The special episode of the network’s show, “Modern Marvels” shows that many of the gadgets used in the Bond movies actually do work in real life, believe it or not. It also shows that while some of Bond’s gadgets do actually work, some are still just science fiction. That aside, it doesn’t tarnish the glimmer of the gadgets by any means.
“James Bond Gadgets” opens with what is perhaps the greatest of all of the Bond gadgets. It opens with a look at the Bell Rocket Belt used in the 1965 James Bond flick, Thunderball. Audiences will learn in the special that believe it or not, the Bell Rocket Belt really does exist. And it really does work, too. The current owners of the rocket pack, Powerhouse Productions, Inc., put on a display for History Channel, showing that it still works to this day.
Another of the high flying gadgets used in the Bond franchise that really works is the “Little Nelly” autogyro. This helicopter looking flying device was invented and flown by Ken Wallis. Wallis actually flew the “Little Nelly” in the 1967 Bond flick, You Only Live Twice. What’s even more amazing is that Wallis shows that the machine guns in the “Little Nelly” do indeed work. Audiences will also learn in this segment that Wallis has built nineteen autogyros since 1961, only one of which apparently doesn’t work. In the years since he built his first autogyro, Wallis has even been approached by British police and military to use his autogryos to help them.
Along with the Bell Rocket Belt and the augtogyro, audiences are treated to a demonstration of the Q-Boat and the cars that have been featured throughout the Bond franchise during their stay at the National Motor Museum in the United Kingdom. The DVD also features a bonus segment featuring even more gadgets not included in the main segment as well as a bio on Bond author Ian Fleming. Seeing all of these really amazing vehicles and gadgets is great for any James Bond fan. But it’s not so much getting to see them actually put to use that makes “James Bond Gadgets” such fun to watch. What makes the DVD so enjoyable is seeing them put to use in combination with the history behind each one. Whether one is a movie buff, general James Bond fan or history lover, the stories behind the gadgets make seeing them come to life off the big screen that much more incredible.
Fans of the James Bond brand will get to check out this DVD next month. It will be available Tuesday, September 18th. It can be ordered online at http://shop.history.com.
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