Careful what you say -- Junior might be wearing a wire. (Supplied)
Forget about the fancy cars, exotic assignments and even more exotic companions – the best thing about being James Bond is the opportunity to play around with cool gadgets. Since most of us don’t have a “Q” to arm us with the latest technology, here are some consumer spy tools that won’t leave your wallet shaken or stirred.
For Your Eyes Only: Night Owl Executive Camera Pen
The Night Owl Executive Camera Pen is ideal for boardroom Bond wannabes. The pen allows you to record up to 90 minutes of video (640 x 480) with audio (20 feet away) while trying to secure evidence for your petty complaints to human resources.
With 4GB of internal memory, video files can easily be transferred to a computer by unscrewing the pen and using it as a USB device. It looks like a typical fountain pen so you can covertly leave it in the office break room to catch the person who keeps stealing your lunch.
Unfortunately, it will not be as effective in helping you find the co-worker who keeps stealing the pens off your desk.
The Spy Who Loved to Record Me: Spy Kids Body Wire
Amazingly, there’s actually a toy body wire for kids. Just as amazingly, there’s actually a store called the Spy Emporium that sells it. The body wire toy attaches to a kid’s belt with a miniature microphone clipped discreetly underneath his or her shirt.
The makers of the Spy Kids Body Wire suggest the toy is for ages six and up, which makes you wonder why any six-year old would want to wear a body wire unless they were training to be a James Bond Jr. (a cartoon in the early 90s). And for that matter, why would any parent buy their kid a toy that they could use as blackmail for extra dessert or a trip to Disneyland?
If you are in fact training your child to be a mini-secret agent, just make sure the kid grows up to be like Sean Connery, not a flash in the pan like George Lazenby.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Maid Service: Tissue Box Spy Camera
While James Bond is away on assignment, he probably keeps a GoldenEye on his housekeepers to make sure they are not drinking his martinis or trying on his tuxedos.
Everyone is aware of the teddy bear nanny cam by now, so it’s time for some new covert devices – such as the Tissue Box Spy Camera. The tissue box records at a high definition 720 x 480 resolution and has a 4GB internal memory, which allows it to record more than six hours of spy footage.
A View to A Kill: Bond 50 - Golden Anniversary Blu-ray Collection
Price: $299.99 (prices may vary depending on retailer)
Where to buy: Future Shop
The World Is Not Enough – but this beautiful DVD box set comes close. Consider the Bond 50 Collection the definitive educational guide to being like the world’s most famous spy. The set features all 22 classic films on Blu-ray together for the first time and comes with a dossier of more than 122 hours of bonus features. It includes a behind-the-scenes look at the latest Bond film Skyfall and a “Being Bond” extra that profiles the six actors who have portrayed 007.
What better way to learn how to be suave like Bond than watching Roger Moore at his finest in Octopussy? Practice your judo chop by watching Sean Connery in Dr. No. Learn how to get your hair just right while stealing a Russian jet like Pierce Bronson in Tomorrow Never Dies. You can either get inspired to workout or become thoroughly depressed by watching Daniel Craig’s rock solid abs in high definition in Casino Royale.
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