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James Bond Gadgets (2012)

Not Applicable , Tom Jennings  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Not Applicable
  • Directors: Tom Jennings
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089PZC74
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,916 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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His charm was legendary, but his gadgets - they were the slickest, most sophisticated devices in the world. So whether British Secret Agent 007 was on a top-secret, spy mission or eavesdropping on some clever villain, he always packed the most advanced, high-tech tools that ever graced the silver screen. James Bond had all the ladies and all the toys. Once you see the extent of his gadget collection, you'll see that it's not that easy to save the world.

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  • Biography: Ian Fleming

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
From the title alone, I'm sure you can determine if you have an interest in History Channel's "James Bond Gadgets." Guess what I'm going to say? If you like James Bond and are a fan of the History docu-series format, this may be just the item to hold you over until "Skyfall" drops into theaters this winter. The DVD brings together information from a couple of different specials (produced in different years) combining some of the classic gadgets and cars from yesteryear with some of the technology from the more modern Bond outings. Among some of the features are the Auto Gyro from "You Only Live Twice," the Acrostar Jet from "Octopussy," the Q-Boat from "The World is Not Enough," the classic Astin Martin whose debut goes all the way back to "Goldfinger", the Rocket Belt from "Thunderball," and the Underwater Scooter from the same film. These are some of the more high profile subjects, but there are plenty of others as well.

As with most History presentations, it certainly is more of a surface look than an in-depth analysis. But I enjoyed seeing how the tech elements and contraptions evolved as the series progressed through the decades. I wouldn't necessarily call the gadget information essential or particularly revelatory, but it's interesting enough if the topic appeals to you. One of my favorite segments included a visit to the Spy Museum which I didn't know existed, but is now on my Bucket List of places to go before I expire!

A major selling point of this DVD release is its singular Bonus Feature. You also get the episode of Biography that profiled Bond creator Ian Fleming. Fleming led a fascinating life, and this really rounds out the package for Bond lovers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Bond Fans September 22, 2012
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I've always been a fan of Modern Marvels and this DVD contains two episodes devoted to the gadgets of the world's greatest spy - Bond, James Bond. As a bonus there is a biography of Ian Fleming which does a great job of giving the viewer some insights into the mind that created Bond.

If you are a fan of James Bond, this is a must have as an addition to your collection of movies and memorobilia. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Video January 5, 2013
By George
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The video is from Modern Marvels (the gadgets part) and the Biography channel (the Flemming bio). Interestingly, the gadgets portion which is very interesting does not have any clips directly from the bond movies. They do have some shots taken by the crew, but none from the movies. It would have been more interesting if the real gadgets were shown with movie footage. Overall very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mike G
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The gadgets from the Bond films are exciting and this disc is not. Don't get me wrong ~ this disc has a lot of background and little known facts about the gadgets and Bond himself. The tidbits behind the gadgets are really interesting but the monotone presenter doesn't convey this. If you want to know more about the cool gadgets in the 007 arsenal, this is a must have. If you want to be entertained like the movies, watch the movies instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars James Bond dvd February 11, 2013
By andrea
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My son-in-law loved it. He is a big James Bond fan. They even used the theme song at their wedding reception as they walked in the hall!
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Now, pay attention 007." March 7, 2014
By !Da!2.0
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When I grow up I want to be Q. Not quite as glamorous as Bond, but he does get to play with some wonderful toys. This is a compilation of two History Channel programs on the subject and just about covers it all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hubby liked it February 15, 2014
By n2drama
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Part of a massive Bond Christmas gift for my husband. He thought this was pretty cool. I thought it was great.
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