The Spy Who Loved Me Gadgets
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Microfilm & Reader
Anyone would think women had the vote or something. When James Bond meets KGB agent Anya Amasova for the first time, it is clear that he is not quite ready for strong and powerful women.
They are in the Mojaba Club in Cairo to meet with Max Kalba, who is the man with a plan, or rather, the plans to the submarine tracking system, and it’s all a rather testy experience.
The plans are contained on a microfiche film, but who will get them first?
Oh no, here comes Jaws to spoil the party...
With Jaws vanquished – for now, it’s all off on a jolly Felucca trip along the Nile.
The next clever gadget is a cigarette case looking box with a slide up viewer – insert microfilm, turn on the little light, and hey presto.
But what about Major Amasova? She wants it too, James.
Oh, don’t worry about her – she’s just a girl. She will want to have a look at how pretty the Nile is with a tobacco filter over the camera lens.
Of course Anya is playing the long game. She will whip the microfilm away once James passes out.
But why would 007 pass out?
Anya has some knockout dust cigarettes. A-ha.
The device itself is based on ordinary camera slide viewers from the same period.
Microform relates to the types of reproduction of documents and records at up to a 25th of the original size, that can be stored for reading of the material on an optical enlarger - a bit like a library's version of a microscope.
The phrase 'Microforms' refers to the different variations of storage method. These include microfilm, which are based on standard film reels, aperture cards and microfiche, which are flat sheets.