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A View To A Kill Gadgets
The post credits act that sets the storyline up was becoming a little cumbersome by this stage. Bond would visit M, and the story was set under way via a quick chat with Q. And this particular sequence was as stodgy as seen in any Bond movie. However, we’re not here to critique, we’re here for the gadgets...
...Sadly, it’s all a little ‘so what?’ in this area as well.
As Bond enters, Q is playing with a remote control vehicle which he insists is apparently a “Highly sophisticated surveillance machine”. It looks a little like K9 the dog from Dr Who.
M: “Now that we’re all here, you can get on with the briefing, Q.”
Q: “Gentlemen. A Silicon Integrated Circuit. The essential part of all modern computers.”
M: “No lecture Q. We’re all ware of the usefulness of the microchip.”
Q: “Until recently, all microchips were susceptible to damage from the intense magnetic pulse of a nuclear explosion.”
Bond chips in to explain on Q’s behalf (as he invariably does at any juncture to show off), that everything from toasters to nuclear defence arsenals will be ruined.
The Defence Minister is aghast, “We’d be paralysed; at the Russians mercy.”
Q is eventually allowed to continue, “That is why one of our private defence contractors came up with this – A Chip, totally impervious to magnetic pulse damage.
“If I place it on a micro-comparator and compare it with the chip that Commander Bond recovered from the body of 003, in Siberia...
Suffice it to say, the evidence is revealed that the KGB are up to no good and someone is doing some dodgy dealing.
To say this was the least thrilling gadget instalment of the Bond franchise would be an understatement.
Hopefully Q Branch would make up for it later in the film.