Casino Royale Gadgets
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Q on Location: “Now, pay attention... A recently developed, harmless, radioactive device.”
Or, and finally, a small pill that when swallowed emits a homing signal, just in case the spy support staff lose track of their equipment, erm, Bond.
Now, if someone strung the words “Recently developed”, and “Radioactive”, to most of us, we would have been hunting around for a pen to write our resignation letter to Her Majesty.
Not Bond though, he has complete faith in Q’s genius. And not even a glass of water to swallow it.
GPS Tracking System
If the above entry looks a little out of place it's because for the first time in James Bond movie history we get to see a gadget that is actually worse than a predecessor. The homing pill featured in Thunderball some forty years earlier is a far more sensible way of tracking your spies than injecting one in their arm.
Anyway, the GPS wizardry is unveiled when M eventually catches up with 007 in the Bahamas. Admittedly, it is hard to imagine UK civil service expenses covering her full entourage for a trip to the Caribbean, but never mind that... The tracking device is injected into 007's arm.
"To keep an eye on me?"
He is then asked to place it through a scanner, which runs over his arm to reveal an x-ray image of his arm and what looks like a tiny Soyuz capsule inserted into Bond's arm.
Later in the film the device is cut out of Bond's arm. Now, if he had been asked to swallow it, they would have had to give him a colonic irrigation just to get even close to finding it. Yep, very much a poor relation in spy-world tracking gadgetry.
GPS Tracking System - Same, Same, But Different
The next tracking device, needs a phone - obviously.
In Ian Fleming's book of the same name, Rene Mathis is an agent for the Deuxieme Bureau, the French Secret Service. He was a long time friend and ally of 007 and he also appeared the novel, From Russia With Love.
In this film, he is a duplicitous Mi6 colleague of Bond's
Assisting 007 in the Hotel Splendid, Mathis passes Bond a tiny bug which is quickly secreted away into Le Chiffre's asthma inhaler.
Then, the Ericsson's out again, and this time it pulls up a 3D cad drawing image of the hotel so that Bond can check on Le Chiffre's location.
It's all a bit odd, he had just been to reception to collect a padded envelope with a gun inside, as you do, why he didn't just ask what room Le Chiffre was in, is anyone's guess.