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Faberge Egg Homing Device & Tracking Pen
Roger Moore’s James Bond’s visits to Q Branch appeared to be rather formulaic by this time. He would pop in to a remote station where experimental devices that were invariably wholly impractical or of any realistic purpose, would be exhibited for 007 as a set up for an appalling one liner.
This time Bond gets to see an extending rope that features rigidity as it travels upwards. Sadly, the prototype bends in the middle, “Having problems keeping it up Q?”
Then a door, with a fishing wire attached to the knocker, is flung very quickly at the person doing the knocking. Jabbing holes into the poor chap via spikes on the door; “Smashing, Q”.
The purpose of the field trip visit is to receive a tiny homing device that Q places inside a Faberge Egg.
He also receives a fountain pen, “Twist the top and a highly concentrated mixture of nitric and hydrochloric acid, which dissolves all metals”, says Q.
“Wonderful for poison pen letters”, says 007.
Once the pen lid is removed there is an ear piece contained within, which our gentleman spy will be able to use to hear from the bug that is cunningly attached to the homing device within the Faberge Egg.
The homing device itself is compatible with, “a standard issue radio directional finder in your watch. If you haven’t lost it.”