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You Only Live Twice Gadgets
Exploding-smoke-bomb-lipstick-mirror things were just the sort of tricks you would hope the Second World War Q Branches would have envisioned by then.
The Batman TV series had been on air for a year by this time, and schoolboys were loving the Utility Belt and baddie gadgets that this relatively low-tech (for Bond) example provided to us.
This is just the sort of imagery that evokes memories of childhood and messing about in your Dad’s shed with some tools you really shouldn’t have been playing with.
The scene was a set up for a much repeated stunt. Bond is forced to rescue the plane as it plummets groundwards, after the dastardly Helga Brant jumped out of the plane with a parachute.
Below we see an amazing crosswind landing by a number of skilled pilots, and a Russian pilot managing to save his stricken plane.